Thu. Feb 9th, 2023

(Reuters) – Speaking factors from the most recent spherical of Premier League video games:

RAMSDALE PROVES HIS WORTH TO KEEP GUNNERS ON TRACK

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has had his critics at Arsenal however the 24-year-old proved his price within the league leaders’ 2-0 victory at rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, making a string of tremendous saves to maintain Spurs at bay.

Ramsdale made seven saves in whole within the match, earlier than the gloss was taken off his man-of-the-match efficiency after he seemed to be kicked by a Spurs fan following the ultimate whistle.

“We confirmed the opposite face after we needed to dig in, we wanted some massive moments from Aaron,” coach Mikel Arteta stated.

“He was the distinction after we wanted him.”

WAS RASHFORD NOT INTERFERING IN FERNANDES EQUALISER?

Manchester United’s dramatic 2-1 comeback victory over rivals Manchester Metropolis on Saturday was not with out its fair proportion of controversy.

With champions Metropolis main 1-0 at Previous Trafford till 12 minutes earlier than the top, Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser was initially dominated out for offside towards Marcus Rashford, the goal of Casemiro’s throughpass, earlier than VAR intervened.

Rashford was deemed to not have interfered and the purpose stood, earlier than the in-form England ahead went on to attain the winner. Metropolis had been adamant they’d been wronged by the officers.

“The primary purpose is a joke,” Metropolis defender Manuel Akanji instructed the BBC. “I perceive he (Rashford) does not contact the ball however he is operating for 30 metres till the final second. It’s clearly offside.”

LAMENTABLE LIVERPOOL RISK MISSING OUT ON EUROPE

Liverpool’s lamentable season went from unhealthy to worse as they had been hammered 3-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion, and Juergen Klopp’s facet at the moment are at risk of lacking out on European soccer fully.

Brighton used the win over a rudderless Liverpool to leap-frog the Reds and transfer up in direction of the Europa League locations, and few groups could have something to concern from Klopp’s toothless assault, which was lacking the injured Darwin Nunez.

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Not that his absence mattered – new signing Cody Gakpo began up entrance however Liverpool had been so fully overrun in midfield that they barely threatened Brighton in any respect.

Klopp selected responsible an absence of organisation in his staff for the consequence, a tacit admission that each he and his gamers have a number of work to do if they’re to make it into the highest six by the top of the season.

WHERE TO NOW FOR AILING EVERTON?

Everton’s season continues to stumble from one dismal defeat to the following and amid fan protests inside Goodison Park following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to backside facet Southampton, the query for the membership is “the place to now?”.

Supervisor Frank Lampard admitted within the wake of the defeat that this was a must-win sport for his staff, as was the loss by the identical scoreline to Wolverhampton Wanderers a number of weeks again when the latter had been additionally backside of the league.

Fan frustration for now could be focussed totally on the board, particularly as rival golf equipment near the relegation zone herald contemporary expertise to assist their survival bid, whereas Everton stay silent within the switch market.

There was a promise from the membership’s board that final 12 months’s flirtation with relegation wouldn’t be repeated, but when something the state of affairs appears extra dire this time spherical. It’s a well-known title in English soccer that seems on an irreversible slide.

(Reporting by Nick Mentioned, Peter Corridor, Philip O’Connor)

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