December 16, 2020 – 03:57 pm
After Chelsea on Tuesday, it was Southampton and Leicester who squandered the chance to provisionally place themselves as Premier League leaders, after drawing to Arsenal (1-1) and losing to Everton (2-0) respectively in the 13th date.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal (15th) ended their slump by starting a point against one of the revelations of the season in England.
Southampton is on the podium (3rd with 24 points), 14 points more than the ‘Gunners’.
After four consecutive losses at home, the Londoners were on the verge of a fifth, which had never happened to them before.
Former Arsenal player Theo Walcott beat goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a dunk to make it 1-0 (18).
Impassive on the bench, Arteta would cheer on his team at half-time, as 7 minutes after the restart the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (52) signed his first target since November 1.
Arsenal were left with one man less with almost half an hour left due to the expulsion of Brazilian Gabriel.
And Leicester could not take the reins of the English championship either after losing at home to Everton (5th) that confirmed their new positive streak.
The ‘Foxes’ are fourth with 24 points, but saw the ‘Toffees’ approach a single point.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men, despite the absences in defense, recovered their strength behind and their bite in attack.
Brazilian Richarlison scored 1-0 in the 21st minute, helped by a mistake by Danish goalkeeper Casper Schmeichel.
Mason Holgate, taking advantage of a Schmeichel rejection, sentenced the crash in 72.
That was the seventh corner goal conceded by Brendan Rodgers’ charges this season, who greatly miss injured center-backs Jonny Evans and Caglar Söyünçü.
In another match played on Wednesday, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds gave an offensive recital to crush Newcastle (5-2), with a goal from Spanish international Rodrigo Moreno.
The set of ‘El Loco’ is 13th with 17 points, raising their income to eight compared to the decrease.