Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham and Arsenal have taken full advantage after Manchester City’s perfect start in the Premier League ended with a shock loss to Wolverhampton.
City’s lead at the top was cut to one point on Saturday after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux, ending their six-match winning streak this season.
Tottenham moved up to second as Joel Matip’s own-goal deep into stoppage time secured a 2-1 win against nine-man Liverpool. Arsenal beat Bournemouth 4-0 and are up to third, behind Spurs on goals scored.
City appear to be counting the cost of Rodri’s three-match suspension in the league after he was sent off against Nottingham Forest last week and he will miss the clash with Arsenal at the Emirates next week.
“Rodri is an important player. We cannot count on him,” manager Pep Guardiola said after Hwang Hee-chan’s 66th-minute winner.
City had gone behind in the 13th through Ruben Dias’ own-goal before Julian Alvarez evened the score in the 58th.
That result gave Liverpool the chance to go top with a win at Tottenham later in the day. However, Jurgen Klopp’s team fell to their first loss of the season, after seeing Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota sent off in each half.
Son Heung-min opened the scoring for Spurs in the 36th, but Cody Gakpo equalised just before halftime.
With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Matip inadvertently turned the ball into his own net in the sixth minute of added time to end Liverpool’s seven-game winning run and extend Postecoglou’s unbeaten start in the league.
Liverpool also had a goal by Luis Diaz ruled out for offside, prompting referees’ governing body the PGMOL to issue a statement later admitting its mistake.
“This was a clear and obvious factual error and should have resulted in the goal being awarded through VAR intervention, however, the VAR failed to intervene,” it said.
Spurs are looking like the real deal after securing wins against Manchester United and Liverpool at home this season, as well as earning a draw at Arsenal last week.
“We’re still a team in its infancy in terms of the way we want to play, the age and experience of the group,” Postecoglou said.
“Particularly the manner in which it (the win) happened, it leaves the real impact and impression on everyone involved. Another challenge for us today. We had to cope with a fair few things and show a different side of our game today.”
German international Kai Havertz scored his first goal for Arsenal with a second-half penalty at Bournemouth.
The Gunners were already 2-0 up through Bukayo Saka’s opener and Martin Odegaard’s spot kick, when Havertz was handed the chance to open his goal scoring account after joining from Chelsea in the off-season.
Ben White completed the 4-0 rout, which gives Arsenal a chance to move above City when the sides meet next week.
Manchester United’s mini revival was brought to a halt by Crystal Palace in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag’s struggling team have now lost four of their opening seven games in the league and five out of nine in all competitions, which led to jeers from fans at the final whistle.
Luton has their first win in the Premier League and piled the pressure on Everton boss Sean Dyche with a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.
Elsewhere Burnley and Sheffield United are still waiting for their first wins in the top flight.
Burnley lost 2-0 at Newcastle and Sheffield United lost by the same score at West Ham.
Ollie Watkins hit his second hat-trick of the season in Aston Villa’s 6-1 rout of Brighton.