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Tottenham hold Arsenal to a draw in North London derby

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Arsenal continued to drop points at home in the Premier League this season as they were held to their 4th draw in 6 games in the League this year as the Gunners came back from a goal down to ensure a share of the spoils against a very ordinary Tottenham side at the Emirates.

Arsenal bossed the game completely over the 90 minutes, having had almost 70% of the ball, but failed to create enough clear cut opportunities with a lot of their play very one dimensional in the absence of Olivier Giroud. As a result, Tottenham defended stoutly for large periods and even took the lead against the run of play in the 56th minute with Nacer Chadli grabbing a goal after Mathieu Flamini was caught in possession by Christian Eriksen, who released Erik Lamela, who in turn found the Belgian.


Chelsea crush Aston Villa to keep excellent start going

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Premier League title favourites Chelsea continue to power their way to prosperity even at this early stage of the season as the Blues picked up another comfortable home win, easing their way past an Aston Villa side 3-0, who came into the game in second place in the league standings.

A seventh minute strike from Brazilian midfielder Oscar set the Blues on the way to victory. Brazilian born Spanish striker Diego Costa made it 8 goals in 6 Premier League games by netting Chelsea's second before a third Brazilian (born) player Willian wrapped up the points for the Blues by grabbing a rare goal.


Rodgers disappointed with the result

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers was visibly disappointed to have been denied all three points in the Merseyside derby today as a last ditch equalizer from Phil Jagielka prevented the Reds from getting a deserved victory at Anfield.

Rodgers though was all praise for his players after the game and said, "The players were brilliant. We were clearly the dominant side in the game, but sometimes you don't get what you deserve in football. But for a wonder strike at the end of the game we would have got the three points."


Arsenal legend Pires makes debut for FC Goa

In a friendly match played between Indian Super League (ISL) franchise team FC Goa and Sesa Football Academy, FC Goa triumphed by a comfortable 3-0 margin. FC Goa’s marquee player, former French international and Arsenal star Robert Pires started the game, much to the happiness of all the fans that were present to witness the legend in action. The FC Goa marquee player played just over 45 minutes as he was substituted in the second half to a rousing applause from the fans.


Man United hang on for a win after Rooney sending off

A match which started rather brightly for Manchester United through goals from Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, ended in incredibly nervy fashion with the Red Devils hanging on for dear life to grab all three points at Old Trafford after West Ham United had a goal ruled out for offside in the dying moments of the contest. Man United by then had been playing with 10-men for half an hour with Wayne Rooney sent off for scything down Stewart Downing with a high kick.

Manchester United, fresh from a break in midweek, made just two changes to the side that suffered a shock defeat at Leicester with Luke Shaw finally getting a start at left back with Marcos Rojo moving inside him to centre-half, while 19 year old Northern Irishman Paddy McNair made his debut for the club. The front five were unchanged, meaning Wayne Rooney started in a deeper role with Juan Mata once again left on the bench.


Jagielka happy with a point after wonder strike

Everton defender Phil Jagielka, who scored an incredible goal in stoppage time to earn his team a draw in Anfield in the 223rd Merseyside derby today was a tad disappointed at picking up just a point from the game, despite his team being second best for most of the outing.

Jagielka told BT Sport after the game, "Hopefully next time we come to Anfield we can go one better but the point is not the end of the world. It has been a frustrating season so far, to go 1-0 down and keep knocking at the door showed tremendous character. We need to keep showing character."


Liverpool 1-1 Everton: Player Ratings

Liverpool dropped two crucial points at home and look destined to continue their struggles this season as Everton stole a draw at Anfield with a wonderstrike from distance from Phil Jagielka right in front of the Kop. Steven Gerrard had put Liverpool ahead from a freekick that was palmed into his own net by a poor Tim Howard, but Jagielka saved his keeper's blushes by thundering home a stunning goal with the outside of his right boot, straight into the top corner past a helpless Simon Mignolet to earn Everton a barely deserved point at Anfield.

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