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EPL Saturday Roundup: Man City, Liverpool In Stalemate, Chelsea Stutters, Arsenal Go Top 

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Trent Alexander-Arnold grabbed a vital equaliser for Liverpool to secure a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium Saturday afternoon in the meeting of the Premier League’s top two, reports Prime Business Africa.

City went ahead through Erling Haaland whose national team, Norway, failed to qualify for the 2024 Euro tournament in Germany when he pounced on the ball to slot the ball beyond Alison whose poor clearance was punished.

The goal means Haaland scored his 50th goal in the Premier League meaning he becomes the first player to reach that milestone in 48 league matches.

Two goals in as many second-half minutes helped Newcastle United to a 4-1 win over Chelsea at St James’ Park.

Jamaal Lascelles and Joelinton scored in the 60th and 61st minutes, the second after a big Thiago Silva error, to take Newcastle up to sixth and give them a fifth successive home win in the Premier League.

Chelsea had cancelled out Alexander Isak’s opener through a stunning Raheem Sterling free-kick in the first half, but could not come from behind for a second time after Reece James was sent off in the 73rd minute for two bookable offences.

Anthony Gordon scored a late fourth for Newcastle to add to his assist earlier in the match.

Kai Havertz was the unlikely hero for Arsenal as he came off the bench to score an 89th-minute winner that sent Arsenal top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Brentford.

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The Gunners had a goal scored by Leandro Trossard disallowed for offside by VAR after Gabriel Jesus headed the ball onto his path to head past the Brentford keeper.

Arsenal go a point above Manchester City and two clear of Liverpool, taking advantage of the two teams dropping points against each other earlier in the day.

The win which was the 116th for Mikel Arteta in his 200th match in charge of the Gunners was enough to guarantee a perfect situation ahead of the club’s Champions League game against Lens.

Marcus Tavernier and Justin Kluivert’s first Premier League goals of the season earned AFC Bournemouth a 3-1 win against Sheffield United, their first away victory of the campaign.

Tavernier produced a brace either side of Kluivert’s goal before Oli McBurnie scored a consolation goal in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time.

Luton Town picked up their first-ever home Premier League win as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at a raucous Kenilworth Road.

Second-half goals from Teden Mengi and Jacob Brown, either side of a superb Michael Olise strike, move 17th-placed Luton four points clear of the bottom three.

Dara O’Shea’s own goal and a stoppage-time winner from Tomas Soucek secured a remarkable 2-1 turnaround victory for West Ham United at Burnley.

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Jay Rodriguez had put the home side in front with a penalty early in the second half, but two late goals made it back-to-back wins for West Ham.

Joao Pedro scored twice off the bench as Brighton & Hove Albion came from behind and survived Lewis Dunk’s 73rd-minute sending-off to win 3-2 at Nottingham Forest to claim their first victory in seven Premier League matches.

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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

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He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.

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