Unai Emery’s chair was increasingly wobbly after Arsenal were held 1-1 by Wolves at home in the 11th round of the Premier League on November 3. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Man City continued to compete in the top 2 positions after successive victories against Aston Villa and Southampton.
A week after a rude reaction to Arsenal fans when being substituted in a match held by Crystal Palace at home, captain Granit Xhaka was removed from the squad by coach Emery with the goal of reducing the tension between the players and Fans. Instead, Arsenal fans backed the return to the starting line-up of star midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Ozil made a small impact on his second appearance in the starting line-up this season by helping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang open the scoring for Arsenal in the 24th minute. Arsenal found an easy victory but on the contrary, “Gunners” lost the posture afterward. This caused Emery’s army to pay the price with an equalizer of Raul Jimenez in the 76th minute. Even, if goalkeeper Leno did not have excellent saves, Arsenal had to be empty at home.
This is the third match in a row that the “Gunners” of London have not won and are being pushed back in the hope of reaching the top 4. So it is easy to understand why after the whistle ended the match, Arsenal encountered. Boos from disgruntled home fans. It was seen as a sign of Emery’s gloomy future after the previous Spaniard was repeatedly asked by his fans to resign.
In other matches, the double of striker Sadio Mane in the last 3 minutes of the match helped the top team Liverpool upstream to beat home owner Aston Villa 2-1 to maintain an unbeaten record this season. Similarly, Man City also came back to beat Southampton 2-1 with 2 goals from Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker in the second half of the second half. This result helps Pep Guardiola’s army continue to cling behind. Liverpool with 6 points less (25 compared to 31).
Meanwhile, after a stumbling defeat to Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, the youth team of coach Frank Lampard maintained an impressive performance in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at Watford. Two young talents Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic are the ones who helped Chelsea temporarily rise to 3rd place with 23 points.