Arsenal are back in the first 11 years as Manchester City continued their conquest of Newcastle

Premier League data dive: Arsenal are back in the first 11 years as Manchester City continued their conquest of Newcastle

Premier League data dive: Arsenal are back in the first 11 years as Manchester City continued their conquest of Newcastle

Arsenal celebrating a goal against Bournemouth

To say it’s “like you” in the Premier League title race after Saturday’s action is unfair to Arsenal.

A brilliant turnaround against Bournemouth saw them answer to Manchester City’s earlier statement, winning 2-0 over a Newcastle United side who found themselves in a real rut.

Arsenal’s lead at the top somehow – we’ll get there – remains five points, and their winning streak is sure to be a huge boost.

Also on Saturday, Graham Potter eased the pressure on him a bit, though the same couldn’t be said for David Moyes.

Stats Perform has studied the Opta data from the day’s action picks.

Arsenal 3-2 Bournemouth: Title tilt still on track as Gunners respond to Cherries’ superb start

If Arsenal win the Premier League title, fans can look back on this match as vital.

Bournemouth opened the scoring through Phillip Billing after just 9.11 seconds, making it the second-fastest Premier League goal of all time, and Marcos Senesi made it 2-0 in the second half.

The Gunners looked set to suffer a shock defeat at home, but their response was overwhelming – and dramatic.

Thomas Partey and Ben White scored within eight minutes to restore balance, and for a while it looked to be the best Arsenal could muster.

But with 96 minutes and 57 seconds, Reiss Nelson’s brilliant left-foot shot from inside the box completed a turnaround in Arsenal’s recent record league win (since 2006-07).

It ensured Arsenal won a league game after finding themselves at least two goals down for the first time since February 2012 – champion mentality?

Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0 West Ham: Homesick Hammers thrashed with Moyes running out of time

There is little to be optimistic about at the moment for West Ham and David Moyes, with a one-sided loss to Brighton on Saturday taking them even deeper.

Alexis Mac Allister has scored from the spot, making him four of the four places this season for the Argentina international – no one in the Premier League has a 100 per cent better record.

Joel Veltman then went down to make it 2-0, before the superb Kaoru Mitoma latched on to Pascal Gross’ cross to tally his 11th goal involvement (eight goals, three assists) of the season, bettered only by his German. colleague among Brighton players.

Danny Welbeck’s seventh goal against West Ham – making them his favorite opponent finished it all.

The defeat extended West Ham’s away winless league streak to 11, their longest dry season away from home since December 2014-May 2015 (12 matches).

Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United: The Magpies were unable to end their winning streak

Newcastle have endured a rocky start to 2023 – after initially looking destined for the top four, their chances of being in the Champions League next season are dwindling.

After losing to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final last weekend, Eddie Howe must try and provide a response to what has long been a woe for Newcastle.

Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva scored City’s goals, the first coming after a solo run and the second a clever finish from the Portugal international.

The effort sealed City’s 14th successive Premier League home win over Newcastle, a record that no side has done better against a single opponent in the competition.

That is now one win in their last 31 games with City for Newcastle, having won seven of their first 15 matches.

Newcastle’s failure here cost them a hat-trick for the first time under Howe, their inability to score allowed Ederson to keep his 100th Premier League clean sheet in his 208th appearance – only Petr Cech (180 games) and Pepe Reina (198 games) who reached that milestone quicker.

Chelsea 1-0 Leeds United: Blues lack magic but rarely win boost for Potter

It will take more than a narrow win over struggling Leeds for Graham Potter to triumph over his critics but any turnaround has to start somewhere.

Once again, goals proved elusive for the Chelsea forward, with French defender Wesley Fofana’s header the decisive goal – his first in the Premier League.

But at this point Potter wouldn’t care where the goals came from as long as Chelsea won.

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