London (AFP) – Manchester United bombed Arsenal with two quick goals in a breathless game to close the gap at Manchester City on Saturday, but Tottenham slipped further off the pace with an expensive draw at Watford.
With Pep Guardiola leaders in the Premier League were not in action until Sunday, the United 3-1 victory took them to five points of the Premier League summit after emphatic wins for Chelsea and Liverpool that same day.
But Mauricio Pochettino must find a way to raise the fight against the Spurs after they dropped two more points against Watford with a 1-1 draw on Vicarage Road that leaves them 15 points off the pace.
Jose Mourinho took his team to the Emirates with questions about how they would approach the facility after a poor recent visitor record and a shortage of goals against other members of the "Big Six".
But United canceled all thoughts of closing the store and immediately got up, taking the lead gh captain Antonio Valencia in the fourth minute and doubling his advantage minutes later through Jesse Lingard in form.
In an exciting end-to-end contest United seemed irresistible at halftime, but Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette a surprise inclusion after injury fears, enjoyed more than 70 percent possession in the first half, hitting 15 shots while the goal of David De Gea led a lovely life.
Arsenal sent the decibel level firing after a quick start like the Lacazette light. the pbad of Aaron Ramsey to seal a goal, and the local team went ahead, forcing De Gea to make a double save to maintain the United advantage.
But when the home team threatened to defeat United, Paul Pogba burst into the box and squared for Lingard to score his second and silence the crowd.
When the game lost some of its high octane momentum, referee Andre Marriner sent Pogba for a stud tackle on Hector Bellerin to chan The balance of the competition, but Arsenal could not take advantage.
The attractive performance of Eden Hazard in his comfortable victory in the opening match at Stamford Bridge will mean sleepless nights for England boss Gareth Southgate, who has the unenviable task of nullifying the Belgian threat in the next World Cup year in Russia.
Chelsea came back from a goal to win 3-1 thanks to two goals from Hazard, including an insolent penalty, on both sides of Alvaro Morata header.
"The gap is eight points now, and there is still a long way to go, so we have to get closer and closer and wait for them to come out," said midfielder Cesc Fábregas. "They are there because they deserve it, our job is to keep winning."
– Goals goals for Liverpool –
Liverpool scored without problems Brighton 5-1 on the south coast with goals from Emre Can, a reinforcement by Roberto Firmino, a late goal by Philippe Coutinho and a goal by Lewis Dunk.
"At the beginning we needed to be patient with the Brighton style," said manager Jurgen Klopp, whose team has scored 12 goals in its last three Premier League. games away from home. "We needed to get used to it.
" We scored two fantastic goals. It was good to look. We scored a third, which is a good idea in a game like this. "
The Spurs have challenged the Premier League crown in the last two seasons, but their title has been stopped after a series of damaging results.  Pochettino's team lagged behind Christian Kabasele's header, Son Heung-Min equalizing in the middle of the first half but the Spurs were reduced to 10 men when Davinson Sánchez was fired shortly after the restart.
important for us change the feelings, "said Pochettino. We were disappointed after Leicester. We are in a period now that we suffer things against us. It is good that the group tries and learns. It is a long-term project. It will be good for the future. You want to win, but in hard times you learn. "
Former Premier League champion Leicester City, enjoying a renaissance under new boss Claude Puel, won 1-0 at home to Burnley thanks to an early attack by Flying end Demarai Gray
Everton manager Sam Allardyce saw his team beat Huddersfield 2-0 and Stoke beat Swansea 2-1, while West Brom, under new boss Alan Pardew, drew 0 -0 against Crystal Palace
Manchester City The host will face West Ham on Sunday, and Guardiola's men will look for their 13th consecutive victory in the Premier League.