EPL results: Marcos Alonso double sink Tottenham at Wembley; Aaron Mooy strike enough to condemn Newcastle to second straight defeat

Huddersfield Town 1 – 0 Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Chelsea

  • Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Chelsea

Tottenham’s woes at Wembley continued with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in their first league game at their temporary home.

After exquisitely putting the champions ahead with an first-half free-kick, Marcos Alonso snatched a dramatic win in the 88th minute with a shot Spurs captain Hugo Lloris will feel he should have saved, six minutes after Michy Batshuayi’s own goal had levelled the contest.

It means Spurs have now lost their last four games against their London rivals at Wembley, and have only tasted victory at the national stadium once since beating the Blues in the 2008 League Cup final.

Chelsea, meanwhile, bounce back from their opening-day defeat by Burnley with the first win of their title defence.

  • Huddersfield Town 1 – 0 Newcastle United

Huddersfield made it two wins from their first two Premier League games as Aaron Mooy’s stunning second-half strike saw off fellow promoted side Newcastle.

The Australian’s beautifully executed finish was one of the few moments of quality in a match that, at times, had the feel of a Championship encounter.

Newcastle looked threatening in attack but they lacked a good final ball.

Bar a superb save from Matt Ritchie, Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl did not have to repeat his heroics at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.

It is now two defeats in two league games for Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle, and with time running out in the transfer window the Toon Army might have to endure another nail-biting season.

EPL results: United crush Swansea; Stoke stun Arsenal

Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester United

AFC Bournemouth 0 – 2 Watford

Burnley 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Leicester City 2 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Liverpool 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 3 – 2 West Ham United

Stoke City 1 – 0 Arsenal

  • Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester United

Manchester United underlined their early-season Premier League title credentials with a ruthless 4-0 victory at Swansea.

Eric Bailly opened the scoring and his United account on the stroke of half-time, nudging the ball over the line after Lukasz Fabianski had diverted it onto the underside of the crossbar from Paul Pogba’s powerful header.

United then burst into life as the game entered the 80th minute, doubling their advantage when Henrikh Mkhitaryan played in Romelu Lukaku, who made it three goals in two Premier League appearances following his summer move from Everton.

Mkhitaryan produced another fine assist moments later, racing down the right before slipping in Pogba, who flicked the ball over Fabianski.

Substitute Anthony Martial then rounded off the scoring in the 84th minute with an excellent solo effort, doubling his tally for the season.

  • Stoke City 1 – 0 Arsenal

Jese Rodriguez made the perfect start to his Stoke career, scoring the only goal of the game as Mark Hughes’ side beat Arsenal 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium.

The 24-year-old joined the Potters on Wednesday on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain and he was thrust straight into the action, producing the match-winning moment in the 47th minute.

Arsenal, who face Liverpool at Anfield next Sunday, thought they had an equaliser in the 73rd minute through Alexandre Lacazette but the strike was ruled out for offside as Stoke held on for their first win of the season.

  • Liverpool 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane’s second-half goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were heading for a frustrating draw after wasting a string of chances when Mane prodded past Wayne Hennessey for his second league goal of the campaign.

Palace, beaten 3-0 at home to Huddersfield in their opening match, should have scored when the game was goalless.

Christian Benteke was unmarked and eight yards out but blazed over the bar from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass.

Liverpool had to wait until the 73rd minute to get the winner, the ball fortuitously falling to Mane inside the box after Luka Milivojevic’s mistake on the edge.

  • Southampton 3 – 2 West Ham United

Ten-man West Ham twice came from behind but Charlie Austin’s injury time penalty gave Southampton their first victory under Mauricio Pellegrino.

Having failed to score in their last six home matches, Saints took the lead after only 10 minutes when Manolo Gabbiadini side-footed past Joe Hart.

West Ham’s problems then spiralled, as Marko Arnautovic was sent off for elbowing Jack Stephens, before Dusan Tadic made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jose Fonte brought down Steven Davis.

Summer signing Javier Hernandez thought he had snatched an unlikely comeback for the visitors with two goals from close range either side of half time.

But the Hammers conceded a second penalty when Pablo Zabaleta bundled into Maya Yoshida and substitute Austin coolly slotted past Hart.

  • Burnley 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored the winner and was later sent off as West Brom made it two wins from two with victory at Burnley.

The match was short on entertainment until Robson-Kanu gave it a shot of adrenaline with a brilliant strike.

The Wales international, who came on seven minutes earlier, pounced on a Matt Phillips flick, held off two challenges and fired in low past keeper Tom Heaton.

However, the 28-year-old striker did not see out the rest of the match as he was shown a red card in the 83rd minute for catching Matt Lowton with his elbow.

Burnley wasted chances at the other end, and will be hoping Leeds striker Chris Wood, who they look likely to sign, will be less profligate.

Ben Mee had the Clarets’ best chance but missed with a two-yard header, and team-mate Johann Berg Gudmundsson also went close with a low curling shot.

  • AFC Bournemouth 0 – 2 Watford

Second-half goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue handed Watford a deserved 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Richarlison – signed from Fluminense in August – made the breakthrough after 73 minutes, the Brazilian scoring on his full debut for his new team.

And the visitors wrapped up the points four minutes from time when substitute Capoue scored a screamer from long range to hand new manager Marco Silva his first away win in the Premier League.

As a result, Watford are off the mark this season thanks to their first league win since April 1, but the Cherries have begun the campaign with two straight losses, scoring no goals in the process.

West Brom have recorded back-to-back wins at the start of the season in the top flight for the first time since 1978.

  • Leicester City 2 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester recorded their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Brighton at the King Power Stadium.

Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for Brighton inside the first minute, converting the rebound after Riyad Mahrez’s shot had been parried into his path by Maty Ryan.

Brighton had the ball in the back of the net through Glenn Murray, but the goal was disallowed due to offside, and Leicester then doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart through Harry Maguire, who arrived at the far post to head home Mahrez’s corner.

EPL @25: most successful clubs of the Premier League era

The Premier League celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, but only Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton have remained part of the furniture.

In total, 49 different clubs have competed in the top flight since its re-brand in 1992, with Brighton and Huddersfield becoming the latest last weekend following their promotions last season.

Each metric could be used as a method to rank the most successful clubs of the modern era – and judging by these there are several clubs currently playing in the Football League that can lay claim to be among the top 20.

Premier League total points 1992-2017 Manchester United started this season with a 199-point cushion at the top of the 25-season table, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool making up a familiar-looking top four.

Seven of the clubs in the top 20 no longer dwell in the top flight, while Sheffield Wednesday and League Two side Coventry were only edged out last season by Stoke and West Brom.

Outside the top 20, Bournemouth are the only team of those who competed in last season’s Premier League that have yet to break the 100 points barrier.

Huddersfield and Brighton will be looking to do better than previous one-season stayers Cardiff, Swindon (both 30 points) and Barnsley (35 points), while anything better than Blackpool’s 39 points should see the Terriers and Seagulls remain in the top flight for another crack at it next year.

1. Manchester United 2021

2. Arsenal 1822

3. Chelsea 1789

4 .Liverpool 1677

5. Tottenham 1447

6. Everton 1324

7 Aston Villa 1223

8. Newcastle 1183

9. Manchester City 1171

10. West Ham 1004

11. Blackburn 969

12. Southampton 853

13. Leeds 692

14. Middlesbrough 661

15. Sunderland 618

16. Fulham 586

17. Bolton 575

18. Leicester 505

19. West Brom 433

20. Stoke 424

Tottenham sign Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez on a cub-record six-year deal

Tottenham have announced the signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit.

The 21-year-old Colombian centre back has put pen to paper on a deal until 2023 for a reported club-record £42million fee.

He is the first player to join Spurs this summer and his arrival comes after much debate about the club’s transfer policy during the off-season.

In a statement, Tottenham said:

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with AFC Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical and work permit.

“The Colombia international, 21, has signed a contract with the Club until 2023.”

The fee is believed to eclipse the previous club record of £30million which Spurs paid Newcastle for midfielder Moussa Sissoko last summer.

Sanchez joined Eredivisie side Ajax in June last year on a five-year deal after leaving Atletico Nacional in his homeland.

He played in last season’s Europa League final, which Manchester United won 2-0, and was named Ajax’s player of the year in May.

Sanchez said:

“I would like to thank the coach, management, players and fans of Ajax. It is a great move for me to come here to develop my career.

“I am very excited to be signing for such a famous club as Tottenham Hotspur. “I am looking forward to working with Mauricio Pochettino and the players and meeting everyone there.”

Sanchez has represented Colombia at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels before making his senior debut in November last year, and has two international appearances.

Winston Reid signs new six-year contract at West Ham

West Ham defender Winston Reid has signed a mammoth new six-year contract.

The 29-year-old New Zealand international has committed his future to the Hammers until 2023.

Reid, who joined West Ham from FC Midtjylland in 2010, told the club’s website:

“I’m very happy. “I’m pleased we’ve got it sorted so I’m obviously looking forward to the seasons ahead. It’s going to be a big amount of time I’ve spent at the club and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve been here a long time now. I think with the business we’ve done over this summer and the players we had here before, I think we can go on to have a good season and seasons ahead. It’s all about trying to get better.

“I enjoy being here and my family does as well so I’m very happy I’m able to stay here.”

Reid has so far made 204 appearances for West Ham and scored 10 goals.

The 10 top-scoring subs in Premier League history

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United favourites are among the top 10 super subs in Premier League history – but none top the list.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who defined the role of the super sub with his heroics for Manchester United.

10. Tore Andre Flo – 13 goals, 111.2 mins-per-goal

One of the members of Chelsea‘s cosmopolitan squad of the late-90s, Flo was a popular figure at Stamford Bridge, winning the League Cup, FA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his four-year spell in west London.

But when Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink formed an effective strike partnership, Flo grew frustrated at his role as a super sub and left for Rangers, where he also became a fan favourite.

The less said about his season at Sunderland, however, the better.

9. Darren Bent – 13 goals, 107.9 mins-per-goal

“My missus could have scored that one.”

Darren Bent’s Premier League career will always be overshadowed by Harry Reknapp’s infamous quip after the striker missed a sitter for Tottenham, but he was consistently a reliable goalscorer in England’s top flight.

The former England international failed to truly establish himself at Spurs amid competition from the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko, yet he still finished as the club’s top scorer in 2008-09.

8. Edin Dzeko – 13 goals, 89.1 mins-per-goal

A common theme among this list is that many of these players were underrated and written off as ‘merely goalscorers’ as if that’s such a bad thing.

Dzeko was once described as “rubbish at football but brilliant at goal scoring” by Manchester City superfan Noel Gallagher – and the Bosnian will always be cherished for coming off the bench to really take the biscuit with two late goals in City’s 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

7. Olivier Giroud – 13 goals, 72.3 mins-per-goal

Giroud is relatively new to the role of super sub but has taken to it like a duck to water, albeit a duck who is now considering flying to Everton.

With Arsene Wenger opting for Alexis Sanchez to lead the line for Arsenal last term, 18 of Giroud’s 29 Premier League appearances came from the bench, scoring five times.

His overall record as a substitute, particularly his minutes-per-goal record, is as magnificent as his wonderful, French face.

6. Victor Anichebe – 14 goals, 147.4 mins-per-goal

The surprise name on this list. Anichebe has only scored 27 Premier League goals as his career, with more than half of those coming after entering the fray as a substitute.

Anichebe has now joined Chinese second division outfit Beijing Enterprises – we’ve literally only just found out as well; also, why do they sound like an insurance firm? – where he will hope to be more prolific as a starter.

5. Daniel Sturridge – 14 goals, 108.8 min-per-goal

After never really establishing himself in the starting XIs of Manchester City or Chelsea, Sturridge’s all-too brief spell as one of Liverpool’s main men is over and he has found himself contemplating life on the bench once more.

With Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho the preferred attack of Jurgen Klopp – plus Mohamed Salah now among the Reds’ ranks – Sturridge’s future is once again in doubt, though there is no question about his talent.

4. Javier Hernandez – 14 goals, 83.6 mins-per-goal

The heir to Solskjaer’s throne at Old Trafford, Hernandez joined Manchester Unitedthree years after the original super sub had retired and relished in the role before doing exactly the same at Real Madrid.

In fairness to Mexico’s top scorer of all time, his two years at Bayer Leverkusen have produced a record better than a goal every other game, proving that he can be just as effective leading the line from the start.

3. Nwankwo Kanu – 17 goals, 159.1 mins-per-goal

One of the Premier League’s ultimate cult heroes, you can excuse Kanu for having to settle for life on the bench given he had Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, two of the greatest strikers in the history of the game, ahead of him in the Arsenal pecking order.

According to Wikipedia, the Nigerian is still only 40, which seems absolutely mental.

2. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 17 goals, 92.9 mins-per-goal

The definitive super sub, the hero of Manchester United’s Champions League triumph in 1999 and the inspiration for this list, both Solskjaer’s first and final appearances for the club saw him come off the bench to put the ball in the back of the net.

We can’t do the Baby-Faced Assassin justice here.

1. Jermain Defoe – 23 goals, 121.39 mins-per-goal

Defoe possibly doesn’t get the credit he deserves as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goalscorers, partly because until recent years he hasn’t always been his club’s main man.

Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Everton on a club-record transfer

Everton have completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, for a fee believed to be around £45million.

The 27-year-old Iceland midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and becomes the Toffees’ eighth summer arrival.

“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the club,” Sigurdsson told evertontv.

“This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.”

Sigurdsson said the prospect of working with Everton boss Ronald Koeman was one of the main reasons for switching to Goodison Park.

“He was a great player, one of the top players of his time,” Sigurdsson added.

“Now he is a really good manager and his vision for Everton is clear. He has built up a really good squad here, with strong players, both young and experienced.

“This was a key factor for me. Ultimately, that is a dream of mine and everyone at this club. I know the supporters and players would agree with that.”

Sigurdsson began his professional career in England with Reading and joined German side Hoffenheim in 2010.

He moved on loan to Swansea at the start of 2012 and joined Tottenham in a £6.8million deal six months later, before returning to south Wales in 2014.

Sigurdsson, Swansea’s player of the year for the past two seasons, has made 50 appearances for Iceland and played a key role in their run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

His proposed move has dragged on for much of the summer, with Swansea initially valuing their star man at £50million.

Finally securing him now, at a slightly lower price, takes Everton’s spending since the end of last season to over £130million.

Sigurdsson follows the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez as another multi-million-pound acquisition, while the club also secured the free transfer arrival of Wayne Rooney.

Sigurdsson, who scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in the league last term, pulled out of Swansea’s pre-season tour to the United States after Everton’s interest became clear.

He rejoined first-team training upon Swansea’s return from the States but did not figure in their Premier League opener at Southampton on Saturday.

Sigurdsson will not feature in Thursday’s Europa League play-off against Hajduk Split at Goodison Park, but Koeman indicated he could make his Everton debut in Monday’s league clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

“He will not be involved (on Thursday),” Koeman said. “Maybe for Monday, I do not know. I need to talk to him and know what his physical state is. Let’s wait to see how the fitness is.”

Koeman said Everton are waiting to learn the severity of an apparent hamstring problem suffered by Ross Barkley.

Reports have suggested Barkley, whose future with the club remains unclear, is facing six weeks out due to a hamstring tear.

Asked about that, Koeman said:

“He stopped training, I think it was last Monday. It looks like a hamstring injury but we need to do more tests … to know exactly what the injury is. We need to wait.” Midfielder Barkley, who is entering the last year of his contract, appears destined to leave the club having turned down the offer of a new deal. He has been linked with a move to Tottenham, but Koeman said last week there had been no offers for the England international.

Koeman, who has let midfielder Gareth Barry join West Brom, also signalled he would like to strengthen in the current transfer window beyond the capture of Sigurdsson.

He added on Wednesday:

“Still we are looking in two positions to make the squad even stronger than it is at this stage.”