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Arsenal survived a late scare as they beat struggling Huddersfield 2-1. A deflected strike from Alex Iwobi and a tap-in for Alexandre Lacazette were ultimately enough to secure them a valuable victory on the road.

Given the players absent through injury and illness, Emery will be relieved to take the three points. The likes of Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Sokratis Papastathopolous would all surely have been involved had they been available.

Emery will also have been delighted to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan return from injury. His creativity has been much missed in recent weeks.

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Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson.

When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson.

Negatives

This performance wasn't particularly easy on the eye. Arsenal mainly played on the break and never really had any control of the game. In that respect, they really missed Xhaka.

It will be particularly infuriating for Emery to have conceded a late goal. Arsenal are now the only Premier League team still looking for a first clean sheet of the season away from home.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Ultimately, Arsenal got what they needed: the win. However, there are many fans questioning Emery's strategy. His decision to let Huddersfield have possession and hit them on the counter-attack may have been deliberate, but his angsty gesticulation on the touchline suggests otherwise.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Bernd Leno, 7 -- The keeper will be gutted to have conceded a late goal to make the final minutes more nervous than they should have been.

DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 6 -- With Hector Bellerin out injured, Maitland-Niles has been handed the opportunity to stake his claim as Arsenal's right-sided defensive player. In this game, he played as a wing-back on the right and got forward to good effect, creating the second goal for Lacazette. He can be a little careless in possession, but this was an improved outing for the academy product.

DF Shkodran Mustafi, 5 -- On his 100th Arsenal appearance, Mustafi did not have a particularly good day. He was very sloppy in the first half, with his control letting him down on more than one occasion. He looks like a player really struggling for confidence.

DF Laurent Koscielny, 8 -- Playing in the centre of Arsenal's back three, Koscielny was Arsenal's best defender on the day just as he has been for much of the past decade. His positional sense and defensive instincts are as sharp as they ever were. However, he was fortunate not to concede a penalty for a handball inside the box.

DF Nacho Monreal, 6 -- Due to the fact that Sead Kolasinac is not the best defender, it makes sense to install Monreal as a left-sided centre-half behind him. However, he does look like a player who is physically on the wane. He did make one handy goal-line clearance.

DF Sead Kolasinac, 6 -- Arsenal's left wingback has become their most reliable creative outlet. It was his well-weighted cross that found Iwobi for the deflected owner and he continued to be very effective on the counter-attack. However, he stabbed home the Huddersfield goal in bizarre fashion.

MF Lucas Torreira, 6 -- The Uruguayan had a fantastic start to his Arsenal career but has faded somewhat in the winter months. With Arsenal struggling to control the middle of the park, Emery decided to replace him with Mohamed Elneny.

MF Matteo Guendouzi, 7 -- After an outstanding performance against Manchester City, Guendouzi appears to have grown in stature and confidence. His passing is becoming increasingly ambitious and his willingness to take the ball under pressure gives Arsenal a vital outlet to escape the press.

MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 7 -- A good come-back for the Armenian. Sharing the creative responsibility with Iwobi, he found numerous dangerous pockets of space in the final third.

MF Alex Iwobi, 7 -- The Nigerian international has been criticised for lacking end product, so he'll be delighted to have netted the opener even if via a deflection. He might have another in the first half, finishing emphatically only to be denied by an offside flag. The inconsistency in his finishing was apparent when he went clear in the second half but fired straight at the goalkeeper.

FW Alexandre Lacazette, 7 -- Without his pal Aubameyang alongside him, the pressure was on Lacazette to deliver for Arsenal. He tapped home the second goal and fought commendably against the Huddersfield centre-halves.

Substitutes

MF Mohamed Elneny, 6 -- Came on for Torreira (59) and unfortunately his first contribution was to prevent Lacazette meeting a cross with a flying header of his own.

MF Denis Suarez, NR -- Introduced for Mkhitaryan (76) but made little impression.

MF Joe Willock, NR -- The youngster came on for Iwobi (88) to make a surprise Premier League appearance.

Manchester United's rise into the top four of the Premier League is proof they can beat Paris Saint-Germain, according to Juan Mata.

United were 11 points adrift of the Champions League places when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December but the 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday lifted them into the top four for the first time since August.

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Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson.

When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson.

It is evidence of the turnaround under the Norwegian and Mata said he believes they can come out on top against the French champions in a tie that appeared daunting when the draw was made two months ago.

"It is true that two months ago things were not going well for us," Mata told ESPN FC. "First, it seemed very difficult for us to reach the Champions League places in the Premier League and we are already there.

"PSG are a fantastic team regardless of their form, with players who can make the difference in the tie and we will have to be at our best to win. Above all, we have to try to enjoy these games because these are the games we all want to play in and to enjoy."

PSG's visit to Old Trafford kicks off a tough run of fixtures for Solskjaer's team.

Following the Champions League round-of-16 first leg, United visit Chelsea in the FA Cup before a clash against Liverpool in the Premier League.

"We have a tough but exciting month ahead," Mata said. "Now we play against PSG, then we have Chelsea, Liverpool.

"A difficult February but we have high hopes and I think we are in a good spell, especially in terms of confidence."

Mata is out of contract at the end of the season and although negotiations with the club have been going on since last year, the Spaniard, who arrived from Chelsea in 2014, is yet to agree a new deal.

"It is true that I finish my contract [at the end of the season], it is true that we are in talks to discuss [a new deal]," he said.

"But I think now is not the time to think about individuals but to think about the great moment that we are enjoying as a team."

LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah scored the goals at Anfield as Liverpool's title charge got back on track after dropping points in their last two matches. Manchester City, however, can reclaim the top spot on goal difference with a victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

Positives

When Liverpool needed to deliver, they did, and then some. All the talk leading up to the game was about how Liverpool were showing signs of nerves in the title race after poor draws with Leicester City and West Ham United. Yet the pre-blip Liverpool returned and swatted Bournemouth aside with ease.

The title is still in their hands, and Liverpool may have emerged from a rough patch of the season with 11 points from a possible 18. Meanwhile, Wijnaldum's brilliant season should get the recognition it deserves after his goal. Naby Keita, too, can build on this game.

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ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list.



How Mourinho unravelled at Man United
Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson.




The greatest game never played
When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson.



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Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson.

When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson.

Negatives

Looking ahead, Liverpool's game in hand over City is a visit to the in-form Manchester United. United recorded their 10th win out of 11 under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the hours before the Bournemouth game.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Klopp made just one change to his lineup. Despite the similar personnel, the performance was entirely different from those in the back-to-back draws. Liverpool's pressing was much sharper, as was their ability to break down a congested and narrow opposition. Klopp's side's third goal is one to watch again and again.

Player ratings: (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alisson, 7 -- A good save in the second minute to deny Ryan Fraser. Any lapse in concentration from the Brazilian may have led to a different result.

DF James Milner, 6 -- He claims another assist for a Mane goal, although this time, Milner was certainly onside. The midfielder will be relieved to see full-time right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold return from injury.

DF Virgil van Dijk, 6 -- A decent performance. He will be hugely missed when Liverpool return after a 10-day break. The centre-half is suspended for the first leg of the last-16 Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

DF Joel Matip, 6 -- Much improved from Matip. An important response to patchy form, particularly with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren still sidelined.

DF Andrew Robertson, 8 -- Excellent defensively, while contributing effectively to Liverpool's attacking play. A typical day's work for one of the best left-backs in the world.

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 8 -- Sorely missed against West Ham United and was vital to this win, scoring his second goal of the season, an audacious chip over Artur Boruc.

MF Fabinho, 7 -- This was a very good performance from the tenacious midfielder. He also displayed his eye for a pass numerous times.

MF Naby Keita, 7 -- Turns 24 on Sunday and can enjoy his birthday after a very encouraging outing. Obvious to see he was playing with much more confidence. His through-ball in the buildup to Salah's goal was exquisite.

FW Sadio Mane, 8 -- The speedster has now scored in four consecutive Premier League matches in a single season for the first time.

FW Roberto Firmino, 7 -- His flick to put Salah through on goal was truly world-class. It was a more typical performance from the No. 9 after the stinker at West Ham.

FW Mohamed Salah, 8 -- Looked determined to end a two-game goal drought from the first second and did so with a cool finish to round off a lovely move for the final goal.

Substitutes

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold (76), N/R -- Liverpool finally have a recognised right-back fit, with Alexander-Arnold returning after nearly a month out.

FW Divock Origi (87), N/R -- Another appearance for the back-up striker.

FW Daniel Sturridge (90), N/R -- His introduction allowed for Firmino to receive a standing ovation.

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