LONDON — Arsenal beat struggling Burnley 3-1 to move level on points with leaders Manchester City at the top of the English Premier League table after Tottenham Hotspur slipped to a last-gasp loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Manchester United recovered from their midweek Champions League defeat with a 1-0 victory over Luton Town and Everton scored a late winner to triumph at Crystal Palace 3-2.
Leandro Trossard, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko scored in Arsenal’s victory which lifted them above Spurs to second in the table, level on 29 points with Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Josh Brownhill had equalised for the visitors early in the second half but their joy was shortlived as Arsenal quickly retook the lead and secured the win to condemn Burnley to a sixth straight defeat.
Arsenal’s afternoon was slightly soured by substitute Fabio Vieira being shown a straight red card but manager Mikel Arteta, who blasted officials after the loss to Newcastle United a week earlier, gave the referees high marks.
“Please ask me about VAR because it was good… I hope that I’m on TV saying the referees are so good and I’m completely with them and being very constructive,” Arteta said according to Reuters.
A late turnaround from Wolves thwarted Tottenham’s chance of returning to the Premier League summit as Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina scored in stoppage time to secure the hosts’ 2-1 win.
Wolves manager Gary O’Neil brought Sarabia on as a late substitute and the Spaniard scored the equaliser in the 91st minute and assisted the winner six minutes later.
The result left Spurs, who played with a makeshift back four due to injuries and suspensions, third in the standings while Wolves moved up to 11th.
“It is an amazing feeling; we’ve been pushing so hard. We deserve this game,” Lemina told TNT Sports.
A goal in the 59th minute from defender Victor Lindelof earned United a 1-0 win over Luton and secure a second successive league victory.
Erik ten Hag’s team, who has won two successive league games after stumbling to their worst start since 1962, provisionally climbed two spots to sixth in the table on 21 points after 12 games.
“It is a good day,” Ten Hag told the BBC. “We needed the win and we got it but we could make life easier by scoring early on and getting a second. We created the chances but we didn’t score apart from one. I am happy with that and I am happy with the clean sheet.”
One negative was Ten Hag picking up his third yellow card of the season, meaning a one-match suspension for the Dutch manager when United travel to Everton on Nov. 26, after the international break.
Luton, who has just one league victory in their debut season in the top flight, are 17th.
United created numerous chances as they dominated the game before Lindelof broke the deadlock in the 59th minute, the Swede smashing home from 16 yards after Luton failed to clear Marcus Rashford’s cross.
“I don’t score many goals and when I do it is fun,” Lindelof, who had not scored for United since late 2020, said.
“The most important thing was getting the points and thankfully we got that.”
Victory in Ten Hag’s 50th game as United boss was a welcome boost for a team who have lost nine of their last 18 games in all competitions, have been eliminated from the League Cup and are struggling in the Champions League after a 4-3 loss at Copenhagen on Wednesday.
“I thought we played well in the first half. We kept the ball and we were patient,” Lindelof said according to AP. “We created chances as well. After we scored we dropped down a little bit in level and that is what we need to improve – to keep controlling the game.
“It is about getting the results. We need to stick together and do our thing.”
United enjoyed 64.4% of possession on the day and Rasmus Hojlund, who scored twice against Copenhagen, nearly grabbed an early goal but the 20-year-old’s close-range effort off his knee from Rashford’s deflected cross was straight at goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski.
Hojlund had another great chance early in the second half but his header from Bruno Fernandes’s cross sailed just wide.
“Rasmus Hojlund has scored five times in the Champions League. He has the confidence and the goals will come,” Ten Hag said of his young striker.
Luton, promoted to the Premier League this season having climbed from non-league football a decade ago, could have snatched a draw but left empty-handed and face a long battle to retain their top-flight status.