Manchester City penalty woes allow Arsenal to join them at the top

Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:59pm EDT
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By Ian Chadband

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal joined Manchester City at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after leaders City suffered another afternoon of penalty woes in a 1-1 draw with Everton that ended their 100 percent home record this season.

Arsenal's hard-earned 3-2 win over Swansea City, featuring a double from Theo Walcott, put them level with City on 19 points but Pep Guardiola's side remained as leaders on goal difference.

Tottenham Hotspur, who had started the day in second place, missed a chance to go top, needing an 89th-minute goal from Dele Alli to rescue a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion and protect their record as the only unbeaten side in the league.

Guardiola saw his side's perfect record disappear at the Etihad after Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero both had poor penalties saved by Maarten Stekelenburg in a game the leaders dominated.

City have now missed four of their eight penalties this season, leaving Guardiola to opine: "The players have all the qualities to score penalties but we miss a lot. Hopefully, we will score more of them in future."

Romelu Lukaku made City pay in between the missed spot-kicks with his sixth goal of the season for Everton before Nolito finally landed the reward for City's pressure with a 72nd minute equalizer. Guardiola said he was "proud" of his players.

Stekelenburg, Everton's hero, reckoned Phil Jagielka, whose fouls had given away both penalties, was the most relieved man at the Etihad.

"Will Phil Jagielka buy me dinner after that? I will ask him!" the Dutchman joked.   Continued...

Britain Football Soccer - Manchester City v Everton - Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 15/10/16. Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves a penalty from Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Reuters / Phil Noble