Hammers smash Leicester’s excellent begin

LEICESTER, October 4

West Ham celebrated a stunning 3-0 win at Leicester City in the Premier League today, ending the Foxes’ perfect start after three straight wins thanks to goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen.

With their manager David Moyes absent after testing positive for coronavirus, the Hammers produced a breathtaking performance under his assistant Alan Irvine in their first away league win of the season.

The result provisionally left Leicester second in the standings on nine points from four games while the Hammers briefly climbed to sixth on six points ahead of the afternoon fixtures.

Following their impressive 5-2 win at Manchester City a week ago, Leicester were brought crashing down to earth against the visitors, who could have won by a bigger margin.

Saka on target as Arsenal beat struggling Sheffield

Arsenal scored two goals in four minutes to grab a 2-1 home win over struggling Sheffield United, with Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe getting on the scoresheet in the second half as the Gunners’ misfiring attack finally found its rhythm. There was early drama as Arsenal’s David Luiz pulled Oliver Burke’s shirt when he was through on goal after a loose pass. The Brazilian defender should count himself lucky not to have been red-carded, as the referee appeared to miss the incident entirely.

“I don’t get a lot of headers, but this one, it came so perfectly to me, I had to put it in,” a beaming Saka, who received his first call-up to the senior England squad earlier in the week, said.

Saints compound West Brom troubles with 2-0 victory

Southampton beat an insipid West Bromwich Albion 2-0 with goals either side of halftime from Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu at St Mary’s Stadium to leave the visitors in danger of dropping into the relegation zone. — Reuters

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