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Arteta takes United scalp to get off the mark in style

 

Top gun: Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos rocks United
Top gun: Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos rocks United
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Mikel Arteta recorded his first win as Arsenal manager as his men had more than enough to put Manchester United away in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Much-maligned winger Nicolas Pepe got the Gunners on the board early to hand the hosts the initiative, with centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos adding the second just before the interval to give the Spaniard his first victory since taking over from Unai Emery last month.

The victory did come at a price, however, as Arteta saw both Pepe and striker Alexandre Lacazette hobble off in the second half.

The three points take Arsenal back into the top half of the table into 10th, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's lacklustre Red Devils missed the chance to close the gap on the top four to just two with a below-par display in London.

In yesterday's earlier action, Manchester City made it two wins on the bounce as Gabriel Jesus' double helped them to a 2-1 win over Everton at the Etihad Stadium, while Brendan Rodgers' second-placed Leicester City cut the gap to leaders Liverpool to 10 points, having played two games more, with a 3-0 victory at Newcastle United.

Jose Mourinho's woes in charge of Tottenham continued with a 1-0 loss at Southampton, which also saw Spurs lose captain Harry Kane to injury.

David Moyes' second spell as West Ham manager got off to a sensational start as they thumped Bournemouth 4-0 in London, with Mark Noble grabbing a double, while there were also victories for Aston Villa and Watford among the afternoon kick-offs.

Chelsea and Brighton drew 1-1 with Alireza Jahanbakhsh scoring a goal of the season contender to rescue a point for the Seagulls, while Norwich and Crystal Palace finished locked at the same scoreline.

Tonight, runaway leaders Liverpool entertain Sheffield United at Anfield (8pm) hoping to restore their 13-point advantage.

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