EPL: Mourinho, Wenger rivalry continues, Toure proves worth

By Ikenga Chronicles November 20, 2016
The English Premier League returned with action packed games.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United thickened with the rivalry between the two coaches, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho respectively.With Arsenal trying to break a decade old record by defeating United at the Old Trafford, Mourinho also anticipated to continue his winning streak against Arsene Wenger.
The game ended 1-1, with Olivier Giroud who started from the bench coming on to hand Arsenal a late equalizer after Juan Mata’s
69th-minute strike gave United the lead in a game United desperately needed to win.
“They could not be Arsenal the way they normally play football. We were phenomenal defensively.” Mourinho said,
“They are the lucky ones and we are the unlucky ones. This team at the moment is the unluckiest team in the Premier League. That is the reality.” he added
Wenger, an old foe of the Portuguese, added: “The result in the end is positive for us because we were 1-0 down with two minutes to go. We lacked a bit of sharpness today. What is it down to? I don’t know, but at least we came back.”
In another fixture, Yaya Toure was handed his first league chance against Crystal Palace and proved his worth to Pep Guardiola ‎with a brace in the game that ended 2-1
Out-of-favour Toure’s only previous appearance since Guardiola’s appointment as City manager came in a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest in August but an apology from the Ivorian to the boss seems to have been accepted hence is inclusion in tee team tat faced Palace.
“I always want to improve my game. I was prepared mentally and I knew that one day my manager would need me. You must always stay professional.” Toure said.
Toure’s heroics lifted City to second place and they are behind leaders Liverpool only on goals scored after the Reds had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Southampton.
Liverpool are enjoying their best start in eight years, sparking talk of a first title since 1990, but Jurgen Klopp’s side dropped points in the game that ended goalless against Southampton.
English playmaker, Harry Kane inspired a dramatic Tottenham fightback as the England striker’s late double sealed a 3-2 win over West Ham.
Michail Antonio gave West Ham a 24th minute lead before Harry Winks equalised with his first Tottenham goal in the 51st minute.

Manuel Lanzini scored a 68th minute penalty for the Hammers, but Kane equalised after 89 minutes and then smashed in a stoppage-time spot-kick.
West Ham had Winston Reid sent off for an elbow on Kane in the final moments as Tottenham’s unbeaten run extended to 12 matches.
Meanwhile, the game between Swansea and Everton ended in a 1-1 draw while Sunderland enjoyed a massive 3-0 win over Hull City.
Bournemouth won 1-0 at Stoke, with Nathan Ake scoring with a 26th-minute header before Stoke forward Bojan Krkic hit the crossbar with a second half penalty.

Leicester’s dismal defense of the title shows no signs of improving as they were beaten 2-1 by struggling Watford.

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