English Premier League: Arsenal drop points as Villa exit Steven Gerrard era in style

Premier League leaders Arsenal lost the lead as they drew 1-1 at Southampton and dropped points for the second time this season, while Aston Villa beat Brentford 4-0 in their first match since manager Steven Gerrard was left. fired.

Leicester City continued their recovery by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 away to relieve pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers, but Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch faced calls from his own fans to leave after a defeat at home 3-1 to Fulham.

Granit Xhaka scored an excellent early goal for Arsenal, who looked untouchable for much of the trip to St Mary’s, but Southampton bounced back in the second period and Stuart Armstrong scored a well-deserved second-half equalizer.

The draw meant Arsenal’s four-point lead over second-placed Manchester City last week was reduced to two points after the champions beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1.

Villa parted ways with manager Gerrard an hour after the 3-0 defeat to Fulham and gave an emphatic response under caretaker Aaron Danks, taking the lead in the second minute when Leon Bailey hit a well-placed kick from a corner. worked.

Striker Danny Ings scored two goals, including a penalty, giving the home side a 3-0 lead after just 14 minutes, while Ollie Watkins added a fourth in the second half to complete a victory that took Villa to 14th in the standings. by 12 points.

Leicester were in an equally unrelenting mood on their trip to Wolves, who sacked Bruno Lage earlier this month and have yet to name a permanent successor.

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