Pressure is mounting on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after defeat to Liverpool.
Pressure is mounting on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after defeat to Liverpool. Dave Thompson

Pressure rising on Arsene Wenger after loss to Liverpool

FOOTBALL: Arsenal's gamble to leave Alexis Sanchez on the bench at Liverpool has backfired with the Gunners dropping to fifth on the English Premier League ladder following a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

It was only the Reds' third win in 13 matches in 2017 and moved Jurgen Klopp's men into third thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Sanchez did come off the bench at half-time with Arsenal 2-0 down and although he set up a goal for Danny Welbeck it was not enough for the visitors with the pressure rising on manager Arsene Wenger.

"Our performance was not at the level we expect in the first half but that is down to a lack of rhythm, we have not played for a while," he said.

Earlier, Manchester United missed the chance to jump to fourth, drawing 1-1 with 10-man Bournemouth.

Marcos Rojo opened the scoring at Old Trafford before Josh King levelled from the penalty spot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was lucky to still be on the pitch after elbowing Nathan Mings, had his spot kick saved by Artur Boruc laste on.

Andrew Surman was shown a second yellow card for pushing Ibrahimovic over following the elbow incident but United could not capitalise.

United manager Jose Mourinho was left with no complaints after his side again failed to take maximum points from a game they dominated.

"Who can I blame? Ourselves. Nobody else. We missed big chances. We felt the pressure of the clock running down and lost the quality of our attacking football," he said.

Swansea City's rise continued in another game embroiled in controversy.

The home team dominated but went 2-1 down to Burnley thanks to two goals from Andre Gray following Fernando Llorente's powerful header.

The second of Gray's strikes came from a penalty which should never have been awarded by referee Anthony Taylor, who gave a handball when replays showed the ball had hit the arm of Burnley striker Sam Vokes.

Goals from Martin Olsson and Llorente in stoppage time gave the Swans a deserved win and saved referee Taylor's blushes.

Leicester City's revival follwing the sacking of Claudio Ranieri also continued with a 3-1 home success over relegation-threatened Hull City.

Goals from Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez and a Tom Huddlestone own goal gave the Foxes their second straight win since Ranieri's departure.

Middlesbrough dropped into the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at Stoke City, while Cystal Palace climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-0 success at West Brom.

Nathan Redmond struck twice and Manolo Gabbiadini scored a sixth goal in four games as Southampton edged Watford 4-3 at Vicarage Road.

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