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Wolves hold City in controversial circumstances

Lucky goal: Willy Boly, foreground, puts Wolverhampton Wanderers in front against Manchester City, though the ball appeared to go in off his arm.

Lucky goal: Willy Boly, foreground, puts Wolverhampton Wanderers in front against Manchester City, though the ball appeared to go in off his arm.   | Photo Credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal gets its first win under new boss Emery; Everton blows 2-0 lead

Manchester City offered hope to the chasing pack that the Premier League champions won’t be the same unstoppable force as last season in a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Saturday, while Arsenal ended its wait for a victory under new boss Unai Emery.

Everton’s flying start to its new era under Marco Silva also stumbled as it threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth and saw £50 million record signing Richarlison sent off.

Wolves opened the scoring in highly controversial circumstances when Willy Boly turned Joao Moutinho’s cross into the net with his arm. City responded via an unexpected source 21 minutes from time when Aymeric Laporte’s towering header registered his first goal for the club.

Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero struck the woodwork for the visitors before the break and Aguero was denied again by the crossbar with virtually the last kick of the game from a fiercely dipping free-kick.

However, City boss Pep Guardiola insisted he had no regrets and even claimed it had been a “good point” for his side.

Arsenal faced West Ham, which is also pointless despite a near £100 million investment in nine new players, and the Hammers went in front thanks to Marco Arnautovic’s fine long-range strike.

However, after Nacho Monreal had levelled, Arsenal got the luck Emery needed to strike back as Issa Diop could only turn Alexandre Lacazette’s cross into his own net and Danny Welbeck netted in stoppage time to wrap up a 3-1 win.

The results: Premier League: Arsenal 3 (Monreal 30, Diop 70-og, Welbeck 90+2) bt West Ham 1 (Arnautovic 25); Bournemouth 2 (King 75-pen, Ake 79) drew with Everton 2 (Walcott 56, Keane 66); Huddersfield 0 drew with Cardiff 0; Southampton 1 (Bertrand 52) lost to Leicester 2 (Gray 56, Maguire 90+2); Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (Boly 57) drew with Manchester City 1 (Laporte 69).

Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin 1 (Ibisevic 27) bt Nuremberg 0; Werder Bremen 1 (Gebre Selassie 85) drew with Hanover 96 1 (Weydandt 76); Freiburg 0 lost to Eintracht Frankfurt 2 (Muller 10, Haller 82); Wolfsburg 2 (Brooks 33, Ginczek 90+4) bt Schalke 04 1 (Bentaleb 85-pen); Fortuna Duesseldorf 1 (Raman 39) lost to Augsburg 2 (Hinteregger 57, Hahn 76).

Friday’s results: La Liga: Getafe 2 (Angel 18, Molina 90) bt Eibar 0; Leganes 2 (Nabil El Zhar 54, 88) drew with Real Sociedad 2 (Zurutuza 11, Illarramendi 17).

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 3 (Muller 23, Lewandowski 82-pen, Robben 90) bt Hoffenheim 1 (Szalai 57).

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