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US authorities identify 4 Chinese tourists killed in bus crash

(CNN)The four Chinese tourists killed in a bus crash in southern Utah have been identified, the Utah Highway Patrol said on Twitter.

Ling Geng, 68; Xiuyun Chen, 67; Zhang Caiyu, 62; and ZhongLiang Qiu, 65, all of Shanghai, died when the bus wrecked Friday on Utah Highway 12 near Bryce Canyon National Park, the UHP said.

Thirty people, including the driver, were on the bus when it “ran off the road and rolled into the guardrail,” the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Of the 22 people injured in the crash, 12 were still hospitalized Saturday, said Lance Madigan, a spokesman for Intermountain Healthcare.

    Some passengers suffered critical injuries during the crash. CNN has obscured parts of this image because the condition of the victims could not be verified.

    Madigan said 10 patients remain at Intermountain Dixie Regional hospital, five in critical condition and five in serious condition. Two patients in serious condition remain at Utah Valley Hospital, he said. The others were released.

    The National Transportation Safety Board said it sent a 10-person team to assist in the investigation.

    A student from Taiwan who attends Southern Utah University helped translate after the crash,

    reported CNN affiliate KSTU.

    “I got a call from the sheriff’s office that there is an emergency accident and, ‘I need somebody who can speak Chinese to translate for the tourists,'” Jason Chang said. “I know they cannot speak English, so I know they must be really panicked.”

    Chang told KSTU he spent hours at a hospital helping doctors and nurses communicate with the patients, then assisted law enforcement officers interviewing witnesses.

    “They (the bus crash victims) told me they never expected this kind of accident and they just don’t know what to do or how to react,” Chang said. “Some of them (were) really in pain.”

    Employees of the nearby Bryce Canyon Resort told CNN their manager was called to the crash scene to assist first responders with translating for the Chinese tour group. The manager is one of the few Chinese speakers in the area, the hotel staff said.

    The bus crashed on Utah Highway 12, a few miles west of Bryce Canyon National Park. CNN obscured parts of this image, as the condition of the victims could not be verified.

    The Chinese Embassy in Washington said it has sent officials to the area to assist the victims.

    “We are saddened to hear about the accident in Utah involving a bus carrying Chinese tourists. We are thankful to authorities in Utah for their assistance. The Embassy has initiated its emergency protocols, sent personnel to the area, and will assist the victims as needed,”

    the embassy tweeted.

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert thanked first responders for their work and sent a message to the victim’s families.

    “My heart sank when I heard the news that a tour bus crashed near Bryce Canyon. I grieve with all who lost loved ones in this crash and I’m grateful for the quick work of first responders, as well as all those who are volunteering to act as translators,” he

    tweeted.

      The wreck was about 7 miles northwest of the entrance of the Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City and just over 40 miles north of the Utah-Arizona border.

      Utah’s Highway 12 is considered one of the most varied and scenic drives in the country. It connects a number of national and state parks, including Bryce Canyon National Park and Red Canyon on the Dixie National Forest.

      CNN’s Nicole Chavez, Hollie Silverman, Melissa Alonso, Carma Hassan and Rebekah Riess contributed to this report.

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      21-year-old worked 32 hours alone at a hotel during a flood. Guests say he’s a hero

      (CNN)When Satchel Smith’s father dropped him off for his shift at Homewood Suites in Beaumont, Texas, he expected the day to be like any other: He’d start at 3 p.m. and leave around 11 p.m. that night.

      That was until

      Tropical Storm-turned-Depression Imelda

      unleashed torrential flooding that trapped him and 90 other guests inside the hotel.

      For 32 hours, beginning Wednesday afternoon, the 21-year-old was the hotel’s only employee. But to the guests who relied on him for nearly two days, he’s a hero.

      Angela Chandler, a hotel guest, praised Smith’s composure in a post on Facebook, where it’s been shared more than 13,000 times. While flooded roads kept his co-workers from getting to work, she wrote, Smith served guests alone.

        “He has manned the phones, answered each of our questions, ensured that we have had a hot cup of coffee or tea, and helped serve us a hot breakfast,” Chandler wrote. “He has handled this situation with grace, kindness, and a beautiful smile on his face.”

        For someone trapped at work, he sure seemed cheerful. But privately, the Lamar University track and field star felt overwhelmed, he told CNN.

        “It was pretty intense,” he said.

        Typically positioned behind the front desk, he was now the hotel’s chef, maintenance man, room service attendant and any other vacant position that needed filling, even when his experience was lacking.

        “I’d never worked in a kitchen,” he admitted. “I’m not really a good cook.”

        Homewood Suites in Beaumont avoided the worst of the storm, but Smith worked alone for four shifts straight. He kept working even after a co-worker made it in two days later.

        But he resolved to cook anyway. A guest stepped in to help serve breakfast, and a few others joined them to prepare dinner — a simple chicken pasta with garlic bread. He was pleasantly surprised that it tasted good, he said.

        “Everyone seemed pretty thankful for it,” he said. “They said it was pretty satisfying.”

        Outside, the highways were closed and drivers were stuck in their cars, so Smith and the guests braved the flood to distribute food and water to stalled truckers. After spending so much time together, the group was bound to band together, he said.

        “The guests were very helpful,” he said. “It was basically like a big family.”

        Finally, after a marathon shift and glowing reviews from guests, Smith’s co-worker made it into work Friday morning. He stayed around for a few hours to help her out, took a brief nap, then woke up and went right back to work until his family could safely drive to pick him up.

          The hotel avoided the worst of the storm, with flooding limited to the parking lot, but his car wasn’t so lucky. It’s the second time a storm’s totaled one of his cars after

          Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017

          . But he’s managed to find the good in it all: His family’s home didn’t flood.

          “Everything happens for a reason,” he said.

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          Liverpool extends perfect Premier League start

          (CNN)Liverpool extended its 100% domestic record this season with a tough 2-1 victory against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

          First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino were enough to clinch all three points in an entertaining match at Stamford Bridge, with N’Golo Kante scoring the host’s only goal of the game.

          It was the first time

          since 2016

          that the Reds have won away to Chelsea and Sunday’s win keeps Jurgen Klopp’s side five points clear at the top of the English Premier League.

          Meanwhile, defeat leaves the west London club in the bottom half of the table.

            Liverpool has a poor record away to the league’s so-called top six clubs and it was made to work very hard for its sixth consecutive win of the season.

            Chelsea’s young side threatened on a number of occasions but the game’s big moments fell in favor of the reigning European Champion.

            “Massive for us. We have come here in good form, tried to execute the game plan and bounced back from a set back in midweek and shown we are a good side,” Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports, referring to his side’s

            midweek defeat

            in the Champions League.

            “You can’t expect to come here and have it your own way. They are a proud side and were going to come out fighting. The last 25-30 mins were really tough.”

            Trent Alexander-Arnold scores Liverpool's wonderful first goal at Stamford Bridge.

            Set-piece success

            Liverpool opened the scoring through a wonderful Alexander-Arnold strike after he made the most of a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box. The rehearsed routine saw Mohamed Salah rework the angle of the set-piece, with the England international sending the ball flying into the top corner of the net.

            Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had equalized for Chelsea shortly after but the goal was eventually ruled out by VAR — replays showed Mason Mount had strayed fractionally offside in the buildup.

            To make matters worse for Chelsea, Liverpool doubled its lead just moments after play restarted.

            In many ways, the second goal bore the hallmarks of the first, only this time it was left to Alexander-Arnold to rework the angle of a wide free-kick which allowed Andy Robertson to tee up an unmarked Roberto Firmino for a header.

            Such routines should not come as a surprise. Liverpool has now scored 34 goals from set-piece situations since the beginning of last season — seven more than any other EPL team.

            “We work on set pieces. All the things we do in training I love to see on the pitch. Big fight from everybody,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the match.

            Tammy Abraham has his shot saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian in the first-half.

            Chelsea unfortunate

            Chelsea was not without its chances though.

            In-form striker Tammy Abraham missed a golden opportunity in the first half when one-on-one with goalkeeper Adrian and Lampard’s young side continued to test Liverpool’s resolve.

            Perhaps surprisingly, it was Kante who supplied the hosts with the clinical finishing it lacked for much of the match.

            The Frenchman finished off a wonderful run to set up a tense final 20 minutes for the traveling fans where Chelsea perhaps should have found the equalizer.

            The result means Lampard is still waiting for a home win as Chelsea boss but the former England international was encouraged by the way his side played at times.

            “Performance-wise we were the better team. We had more energy in our game, character and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward,” he told Sky Sports.

            EPL action

              Elsewhere, Manchester United suffered defeat away to West Ham United. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell were enough to see off a meek display from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

              Meanwhile, 10-man Arsenal completed a remarkable comeback against Aston Villa, twice coming from behind to win 3-2.

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              Israeli elections: Arab parties back Gantz to oust Netanyahu

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              Benny Gantz, a former army chief, is incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival

              Israeli-Arab lawmakers have recommended that the former army chief Benny Gantz should become prime minister.

              Last week’s election put the incumbent leader Benjamin Netanyahu neck and neck with Mr Gantz, and the two are now vying to build a governing coalition.

              Joint List, the bloc of Arab parties that came in third, says it wants to oust Mr Netanyahu from power.

              This is the first time since 1992 that an Arab political group has issued an endorsement for prime minister.

              This was Israel’s second general election of the year. After the first, in April, coalition talks fell apart and a snap poll was called.

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              The Joint List alliance gave their recommendation to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

              Faced with yet another deadlock, Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has recommended the new government includes both Mr Gantz’s Blue and White Alliance, and Mr Netanyahu’s Likud party.

              Mr Rivlin has said he will do everything he can to avoid a third general election in Israel this year.

              Aymen Odeh, leader of Joint List, told President Rivlin the alliance’s priority was to prevent Mr Netanyahu from serving another term.

              Joint List won 13 seats in the election. If Mr Gantz had the endorsement of all 13 seats, he would still fall short of the 61 seats needed for a majority in the 120-seat legislature.

              This is a significant exercise of political power by Israel’s Palestinian citizens.

              President Rivlin is consulting party leaders about whom he should ask to lead the country after last week’s inconclusive election results. The Arab parties put in a strong showing, becoming the third largest force in the legislature.

              Their support will not give Benny Gantz and his Blue & White alliance a majority, but it will give him a boost in negotiations about who gets the first chance to form a government.

              The leader of the Arab grouping, Ayman Odeh, said it wasn’t endorsing Mr Gantz and his polices: but was moving to try and block Benjamin Netanyahu from securing another term, and to send a clear message that Israel’s future must include the full and equal participation of its Palestinian citizens.

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              Ireland skipper Best ‘silenced critics’ in win over Scotland

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              ‘Unbelievable’ Best silenced critics – Henderson

              Ireland lock Iain Henderson says captain Rory Best “silenced a lot of critics” in his side’s opening 27-3 World Cup win over Scotland.

              Best, 37, played the full 80 minutes and scored his side’s second try in an impressive display in Yokohama.

              “It was class, I was loving sitting on the bench watching Rory out there,” said Henderson, who also starred before being replaced after 56 minutes.

              “I thought he was absolutely unbelievable today.”

              Ireland’s emphatic victory over the side ranked next highest in Pool A was delivered with their best performance of 2019.

              A 100% line-out success rate will have been particularly pleasing for head coach Joe Schmidt after weeks of being asked about his side’s ability to dominate the set-piece without experienced line-out caller Devin Toner.

              After a heavy defeat at Twickenham last month Best, who will retire at the end of the tournament, came in for heavy criticism as Ireland’s line-out crumbled.

              However his performance in Yokohama will put to bed doubts over his continuing effectiveness at the highest level.

              “I’ve said it before, it’s almost impossible to say what he does until you’re in a squad with him and you feel what he adds in a squad,” said Henderson.

              “A lot of people who have never played in a squad with him saw today what he adds.”

              Ireland skipper Rory Best’s form has come in for criticism this year

              ‘Self-evaluation’ followed Twickenham trouncing

              After Sunday’s victory, Best put Ireland’s recent improvement down to honest self-evaluation following the humbling defeat by England.

              “There were questions about us externally,” added the Ireland skipper.

              “We knew we had a lot more to give. I think we didn’t put enough pressure on ourselves to be in the position we needed to be and to execute the plan we were given.

              “I think sometimes you need to draw a bit of a line in the sand.

              “We were pleased with the two [warm-up] games against Wales and again today.”

              Ireland next meet tournament hosts Japan, who began their campaign with a bonus-point victory over Russia on Friday.

              A win in Shizuoka would set Ireland well on their way to a World Cup quarter-final where, if they top the group, they are likely to face South Africa.

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              More than 90 heads of state are descending on New York City. Here’s what to watch for

              New York (CNN)It sounds like a digestive tract flareup. But that’s just how insiders pronounce the acronym for the annual United Nations General Assembly taking place this week: UNGA (“UNG-gah”). And when it ends, global leaders and a cast of thousands will indeed feel like taking some kind of medication.

              For just one September week each year, everyone from kings, presidents and prime ministers on down to food tasters fly in to New York City and jam into the United Nations headquarters, in what has become a cliched joke about “

              diplomatic speed dating

              .” But there’s nothing funny about the top priority at this 74th year of UNGA year, which is

              the world’s climate emergency.

              The United Nations Climate Summit

              The UN has arranged

              a special Climate Action summit

              on Monday September 23, before the formal speeches given by heads of state and governments that normally draw the most attention. Breaking with tradition,

              UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

              has told country leaders not to come to the podium Monday without “concrete and transformative plans” to halt rising global temperatures, achieve carbon neutrality and cut carbon emissions by 45 percent. VIPs with proposals have been told they have just three minutes to speak.

                How concrete the results of the summit will actually be is unclear. The UN doesn’t have a global climate army to roam the planet stopping pollution, so it’s up to the 193 nations of the UN to take action. What the UN will actually do is what some feel the organization sadly does best: collecting the speeches and other environmental brainstorms in a report.

                The aim is to pressure world leaders to do more, as the climate emergency worsens. Some have made it a top priority — German Chancellor

                Angela Merkel

                will be in town for the climate summit, even though she’s skipping the rest of the week. In contrast, US President Donald Trump will be in town, but he’s skipping the climate summit — instead

                hosting a session on religious persecution

                in the same building. Trump has previously avoided international meetings on climate.

                Let the General Debate begin

                The so-called “general debate” begins on Tuesday September 24, and the first country to speak is Brazil, by longstanding tradition. It’ll be the debut UNGA appearance of Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, who recently vowed to attend even if in a wheelchair, following recent surgery. Expect fireworks: After high global concern over

                massive fires and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

                , the

                pro-business Bolsonaro

                is likely to take climate advocates head-on. He has already promised a “speech that is different from those that came before”.

                Following him will be Donald Trump, who has stuck to the teleprompter previously, and last year

                drew laughter from delegates

                while praising his own administration.

                The volume of Trump’s appearances and his unpredictability have dominated the past two years of Trump at the General Assembly. Last year, he shocked the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister

                by accusing Beijing of interfering in US elections

                while both men sat at the Security Council table.

                Trump was also the first US President to enter the building and take just a few steps before stopping in front of cameras and shouting reporters, to answer hot topic questions for three days. “He completely sucked the oxygen out of UNGA,” Richard Gowan, UN Director at the International Crisis Center says.

                The elephant in the secretariat

                This year,

                a mysterious attack on Saudi oil fields

                has provided some late drama to UNGA, as US officials point the finger at Iran, despite

                its denials

                and

                claims of responsibility by Houthi rebels

                in Yemen. The US, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and other Middle East players will all be under one roof for days. Some can’t stray too far. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been slapped by movement restrictions from the US, which confine him to a small zone near the UN headquarters.

                A senior UN official stated, “tensions in the Gulf are going to be the backdrop to a lot of events and meetings.” Which leads us to the biggest question on the eve of UNGA: Will President Trump meet Iranian President Rouhani?

                Saudi Arabia has a great deal more to lose from a war than Iran does

                ‎Nothing is planned between the two leaders, though both will be in the UN building amid the parade of delegations. The threats and rhetoric lobbed by both sides have been fierce. The US imposed more sanctions on Iran on Friday before the high-level week begins, and the Iranians say they don’t need to talk.

                It looks like “a zero chance for a meeting,” says Gowan. “Instead of a diplomatic breakthrough, we’re likely to see a war of words.” The UN is meant to be a neutral ground for dueling sides to have dialogue, and chance face-to-face encounters are exactly what this international forum is good for. In 2000, then-US President Clinton and then Cuban President Fidel Castro suddenly stopped briefly for each other in a hallway, when relations between the nations were running cold. There is

                still a debate whether a handshake took place

                .

                Who’s coming to UNGA?

                As of Friday, 91 heads of state had committed to attend. French President Macron will be in New York offering an expanded French leadership role as a global mediator, as the Trump administration pulls the US back from international forums.

                ‎With

                significant angst at home

                over the UK’s planned withdrawal from Europe, Boris Johnson will make his first UNGA appearance in his role as prime minister. Brexit talks are scheduled with Ireland’s leader and others.

                And Indian leader Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s leader Imran Khan are both attending and speaking in the General Assembly. No talks are scheduled between them for now, as tensions remain high over

                India’s treatment of Kashmir,

                a disputed territory.

                And of fresh interest to American audiences will be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who debuts at UNGA right in the middle of a growing controversy: The US Congress wants to know if

                Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son

                , who had business ties in the country. Biden, of course, is one of the main contenders for the US Democratic primary and could end up challenging Trump for the presidency next year.

                Pelosi: Trump administration 'entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness' if it doesn't turn over whistleblower complaint

                There are also UN meetings big and small on Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Myanmar. Apart from marathon hours of speeches, consider this: 630 meetings have been requested. The UN defines a meeting as a gathering of 15 or more people held within the UN for a maximum of three hours.

                There are “no less challenges than last year” affecting geopolitics around the world, said British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce. Expect demonstrators near the UN all day — though the targets of their anger may not even see them through their tinted limousine windows as they rush to the UN, sirens sometimes wailing.

                The list of leaders who will not appear this year is also interesting: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping rarely attend, and will not be present this year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu has canceled,

                amid a post-election muddle

                back home. Netanyahu, a former UN Ambassador, relishes his General Assembly speeches — often with props of charts and diagrams — and he has previously made for must-see TV in between lengthy boring speeches by others.

                Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had been listed as a speaker, but is no longer coming in the wake of

                multiple revelations of black- and brownface photos

                that surfaced from his past, just before national elections.

                President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has sent his regards but will not leave his turmoil-filled nation. His rival for the Venezuelan presidency — National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, whose presidential authority has been acknowledged by more than 50 countries, including the US — is unlikely to show but representatives will push the UN for future recognition of Guaido’s claim to power.

                Although the immediate premises of the United Nations are international ground, the United States is still the host. According to the “host country” agreement, visitors traveling for official UN business are not supposed to be barred, and there was once a time when the US would impose a generous 25-mile radius cordon on international visitors it didn’t like.

                  But this year, the US is not holding back. In addition to the movement restrictions on Iran’s Zarif, two Cuban diplomats living in New York who had planned to participate in UNGA were ordered expelled by the Trump administration, in a surprise Thursday announcement. And the remaining diplomats at the Cuban mission face the toughest restrictions among all countries: They’re not allowed to leave the narrow island of Manhattan.

                  And with all the traffic and security blockades, New Yorkers and tourists ‎too may feel no one can get off the island during this madhouse week.

                  CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph and Caitlin Hu in New York and Taylor Barnes in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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                  Ten-man Arsenal fight back to beat Villa

                  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored seven goals in as many appearances for Arsenal this season

                  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning free-kick helped 10-man Arsenal come from behind to beat Aston Villa in a pulsating encounter at Emirates Stadium.

                  Aubameyang curled home his seventh goal of the season with six minutes remaining to complete a remarkable turnaround for the Gunners, who had Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off after 41 minutes.

                  John McGinn flicked home Anwar El Ghazi’s cross to put Villa ahead after 20 minutes before Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Neil Taylor.

                  Arsenal levelled early in the second period thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s first goal for the club from the penalty spot only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead from Jack Grealish’s low cross less than two minutes later.

                  But in a thrilling conclusion, substitute Calum Chambers’ close-range finish brought the Gunners level on 81 minutes before Aubameyang’s late strike secured their third Premier League win of the season to lift Unai Emery’s side back into the top four.

                  The result was harsh on Villa, who impressed for long periods but paid the price for dropping far too deep in the closing stages and inviting Arsenal pressure. A fourth defeat from six league games means they remain in the bottom three.

                  Thrilling finish masks Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings

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                  Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa: Gunners showed amazing team spirit to win – Unai Emery

                  After opting for a mix of youth and experience for Thursday’s Europa League win at Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery recalled the bulk of his senior stars for the meeting with Villa.

                  That meant the Spaniard went with the same back four that lost a two-goal lead at Watford last weekend, and another shaky performance here means they have still not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season, conceding 10 goals in five games.

                  The defensive problems ultimately did not cost them the result against Villa, but Emery cannot rely on his attacking players to bail out his team all the time if they are to make a sustained challenge for the top four.

                  A lack of urgency and desire to close the Villa players down led to the opening goal, with El Ghazi given plenty of time to cross for McGinn, who found himself completely unmarked after ghosting ahead of Matteo Guendouzi.

                  Guendouzi summed up Arsenal’s performance, he was often sloppy in possession and his failure to track McGinn led to the first goal, but he led by example in the closing stages with a series of driving runs into the penalty area.

                  One of those runs resulted in a sloppy tackle from Bjorn Engels, allowing Pepe to equalise from the spot early in the second half.

                  After Arsenal went behind again Guendouzi drew a fine save from Tom Heaton, who pushed his low drive from the edge of the box on to the post.

                  With Villa seemingly unable to get out of their final third, Arsenal’s pressure finally told.

                  A mistake by Tyone Mings allowed Chambers, brought on in response to Maitland-Niles’ dismissal, to stab a looping effort beyond Heaton.

                  Then, after Aubameyang was brought down just outside the area, the Gabon striker curled beyond an unmoved Heaton to send the Emirates crowd, who were frustrated for much of the afternoon, into raptures.

                  Villa left to rue late collapse

                  While Arsenal went into the game with concerns about their defence, Aston Villa had worries about their attack after failing to score in each of their last two matches.

                  They looked much more potent here, but were left to rue defensive mistakes that led to all three Arsenal goals.

                  Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet, playing either side of striker Wesley, found plenty of space on the flanks, with Arsenal full-backs Maitland-Niles and Saed Kolasinac regularly exposed.

                  Egypt international winger Trezeguet, back in the side after a one-match ban, set up McGinn for an early effort on target while it was El Ghazi’s delivery from the other flank that led the opening goal.

                  After Pepe’s penalty brought Arsenal level, Villa showed great spirit to immediately go up the other end to re-take the lead thanks to some fine work by Grealish down the left and a smart finish by Wesley, his second goal for Villa since joining from Club Brugge in the summer.

                  With Arsenal pushing forward, Villa nearly caught them on the counter when Trezeguet was played in the right-hand side of the area, but he could only fire straight at Leno.

                  Four minutes later, Villa manager Dean Smith replaced Trezeguet with the more defensively minded Ahmed El Mohamady in an attempt to shore things up, but that only served to invite Arsenal pressure.

                  Mings, whose form this season saw him called up to the England squad, was punished for a poor header on the edge of his six yard box for Chambers’ equaliser.

                  His defensive partner Engels, whose foul also led to Arsenal’s penalty, then hacked down Aubameyang right on the edge of the penalty area, with the Gunners forward converting the free-kick to condemn Villa to defeat.

                  Man of the match – Matteo Guendouzi

                  No player took more touches or completed more passes than the 20-year-old, who led by example with a feisty, spirited performance.

                  The team spirit was amazing – what they said

                  Arsenal boss Unai Emery, speaking to BBC MOTD: “In 90 minutes a lot of things happened. When it was 11 v 11 we didn’t control the match how we wanted because we lost a lot of balls in the middle and gave them chances in the transition. When we could attack and get the ball in the box we weren’t bad really and we were also creating chances to score.

                  “After the goal we could be calm and improve and the red card changed the idea. For the second half we needed to play first with the head but also with our heart. We needed supporters pushing us and us to take some risks. The team spirit was amazing, we need to continue working and improving things.

                  “Aston Villa is a good team and an organised team. After this I hope we can improve and be strong. Together with the supporters we will be strong for the matches and hopefully improve.

                  “It is our challenge to improve defensively. They didn’t have a lot of chances to score.”

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                  Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa: Dean Smith ‘bitterly disappointed’ with loss

                  Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, speaking to BBC MOTD: “I am bitterly disappointed. We lost our structure for periods in the second half. First half we were on the front foot and looked solid. It is always going to be a tough game but we will never get a better chance to win.

                  “The game became too open with them at 10 men. We lost our fearlessness but for some reason we retracted second half and put us under pressure. We scored again and had a good five minute spell but retracted again. The players lost a bit of belief and that is what disappointed me the most.

                  “You look at the goals we conceded and they are sloppy. We concede a penalty and give a free-kick away. Second goal, Tyrone Mings has cushioned a header to Neil Taylor and should have put it out for a corner.

                  “I thought it was penalty [for handball against Sokratis]. He leant towards the ball, which was going towards the goal. It has hit his arm so I don’t know why it wasn’t. But if you’re asking about handballs in the box these days, I don’t know and I don’t think anyone knows. We have seen some subjective ones. If they get a good view on the TV screens they need to overrule the on-field referee.”

                  On his side’s form: “There is no big concern. We have had a real good go. Apart from Man City and Liverpool I don’t fear anyone in this league.”

                  Villa score first but lose again – best of the stats

                  • Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa was only the ninth occasion in Premier League history a team has won a match after receiving a red card while losing – three of those wins have been by Arsenal (also v Derby in 1997 and Bolton in 2008).
                  • Arsenal won a Premier League game they were trailing in at half time for the first time since December 2018 (4-2 v Spurs at the Emirates).
                  • Aston Villa haven’t won any of their last five Premier League away games when scoring first (D1 L4), suffering defeats in each of their two such games in 2019-20 (1-3 v Spurs and 2-3 v Arsenal).
                  • Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 games against newly-promoted teams in the Premier League (1-0 v Huddersfield in May 2018), including none in their seven such games under Unai Emery.
                  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his last 16 games across all competitions for Arsenal, including in each of the last four games in a row (five goals).
                  • Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has converted 10 penalties since the start of last season within the top five European leagues; the joint-most of any player in this period, along with Luka Milivojevic and Fabio Quagliarella.
                  • Since making his debut for Aston Villa in August 2018, John McGinn has scored nine goals in league competition – no other current player at the club has netted more (Jonathan Kodjia also with nine).
                  • Bukayo Saka became the third-youngest player on the day of his first Premier League start for Arsenal, with only Cesc Fábregas (17y 104d) and Theo Walcott (17y 212d) doing so at a younger age.
                  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles has now been sent off twice in the Premier League in 2019; the first Arsenal player to receive multiple red cards in the competition in the same year since Laurent Koscielny in 2013 (also two).

                  What’s next?

                  Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday with Aston Villa travelling to Brighton the following day (both 19:45 BST kick-offs).

                  Villa then return to Premier League action at home to Burnley next Saturday (15:00 BST) with Arsenal taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday 30 September. (20:00 BST).

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                  Liverpool beat Chelsea to maintain perfect start

                  Firmino scored his third Premier League goal of the season at Stamford Bridge

                  Liverpool retained their five-point lead at the top of the table as they became the first team to win their opening six Premier League games in successive seasons with a fiercely-fought victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

                  Jurgen Klopp’s title pace-setters looked on course to win in comfort as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificent free-kick and Roberto Firmino’s header gave them complete control at the interval.

                  Chelsea, who had been denied an equaliser when Cesar Azpilicueta’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside by VAR, were in no mood to capitulate and made Liverpool fight every inch of the way to maintain that perfect record.

                  Tammy Abraham had chances to increase his tally of seven goals this season, particularly when he was denied by Liverpool keeper Adrian when clean through in the first half, but it was left to N’Golo Kante to set up a grandstand finish with a superb strike with 19 minutes to play.

                  Liverpool, however, held on, surviving missed chances from Michy Batshuayi and Mason Mount, to produce an instant response to Manchester City’s 8-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

                  Liverpool bandwagon rolls on

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                  Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp wary of 2-0 ‘banana skin’ lead for Reds

                  Liverpool remain unstoppable in their Premier League duel with Manchester City after one of those victories all potential champions will need to secure if they are to claim the big prize at the end of the season.

                  Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a habit of unleashing an attacking blitz on opponents in a remarkable run of only one league loss since the start of last season, their winning sequence now extended to 15 games.

                  This was totally different.

                  Liverpool may have looked to have been on cruise control with that interval advantage, but Chelsea were always in this game and pressed the league leaders right until the final whistle.

                  They were far below their best, were more sloppy than usual and on occasions looked jaded – but they still emerged victorious from what is traditionally one of the most hazardous away assignments on the calendar.

                  Over the course of a long campaign, a season Liverpool will hope will end their 30-year wait for the title, it is victories on days such as this that will be vital, if not more so, than the days when opponents are blown away.

                  Klopp’s delight at the final whistle, in contrast to some of his expressions of fury during the game, said it all.

                  This was a crucial victory. Liverpool’s bandwagon rolls on.

                  Chelsea and Lampard can take heart

                  Chelsea have drawn two and lost one of their home games in the Premier League this season

                  Chelsea have still to win at home in the Premier League and Champions League this season, and no defeat by Liverpool is anything other than an acutely painful experience.

                  And yet, despite this loss coming hard on the heels of the home loss to Valencia in their opening Champions League group game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will take great comfort and confidence from the performance of his team.

                  This is a new Chelsea, leaning heavily on youngsters such as Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Abraham, and being built in a new style by Lampard.

                  When Liverpool went two up through Firmino’s header after poor marking at a free-kick, the goal coming moments after Azpilicueta’s apparent equaliser had been overruled by VAR, it would have been easy for Chelsea’s heads to drop.

                  Nothing could have been further from the truth as they pressed and pressurised Liverpool until the final whistle before receiving a warm and appreciative ovation from the Chelsea supporters.

                  Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga may have kept them in it with a magnificent save from Firmino but Chelsea, driven by the magnificent Kante, were left cursing those late missed opportunities for Batshuayi and Mount that could have earned them a point.

                  No Chelsea defeat is easy to take, especially against Liverpool, but this was a performance that will give Lampard hope and encouragement.

                  Man of the Match – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

                  He may have been on the losing side but Kante was sensational on his return to action and scored a stunning individual goal

                  We have to carry on – what they said

                  Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “Performance-wise we were the better team. We had more energy in our game, character and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward.”

                  On VAR: “We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at. It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”

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                  Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Blues deserved a point – Frank Lampard

                  Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “The first half was hard work. It is about momentum in games like this and I think we got that in the first half. We scored two wonderful goals and we could have scored directly after half time two more. We deserved the three points, it is difficult to win here.”

                  “We are only here. Chelsea, six matches in. We haven’t won anything domestic apart from games so we have to carry on. We have to be ready for each opponent. They are all waiting and want to give us a knock, rightly so, but we have to be ready to do what we have to do.”

                  Reds closing in on City’s record – the stats

                  • Chelsea have conceded 13 goals in their six Premier League matches this season – their most after six league matches of a season since 1978-79 (also 13), when they went on to finish bottom of the First Division.
                  • Liverpool have won consecutive Premier League matches against Chelsea for the first time since a run of four wins between November 2010 and May 2012.
                  • Liverpool have won their last 15 league matches – the only team with a longer winning run in top-flight history is Manchester City (18 between August and December 2017).
                  • Chelsea have lost consecutive home matches in all competitions for the first time since April 2014, when they lost against Sunderland and Atlético Madrid.
                  • Jurgen Klopp managed his 150th Premier League game today – he has registered 92 wins in those games, with only José Mourinho (105) winning more in his first 150 matches in the competition.
                  • Frank Lampard is only the second Chelsea manager to fail to win any of his first four home matches in all competitions (W0 D2 L2), after Bobby Campbell in 1988.
                  • Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Liverpool have scored 34 goals from set-piece situations in the Premier League – seven more than any other team.
                  • Chelsea have failed to win any of their opening three home Premier League matches in a season for only the second time, also doing so in 2001-02 during Frank Lampard’s first season there as a player.

                  What next?

                  Attention turns to the League Cup as Liverpool head to League One side MK Dons on Wednesday (19:45 BST), while Chelsea host League Two Grimsby on the same day (19:45 BST).

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                  Boris Johnson ‘must address conflict of interest claims’

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                  Labour has urged Boris Johnson to address claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest in how money was given to a US businesswoman while he was London mayor.

                  The Sunday Times said Jennifer Arcuri, an entrepreneur associated with Mr Johnson, joined trade missions he led and was given £126,000 in public money.

                  She told the paper this was part of her role as a legitimate businesswoman.

                  No 10 declined to comment. A government department says it is investigating.

                  Ms Acuri was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying: “Any grants received by my companies and any trade mission I joined were purely in respect of my role as a legitimate businesswoman.”

                  The BBC has contacted her for comment.

                  The newspaper says she moved back to the US in June 2018, but her latest company won a £100,000 grant intended for “English-based” businesses earlier this year.

                  The Sunday Times said it had found the registered address on the grant application form is a rented house in the UK and no longer connected to her.

                  The paper said the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was investigating the award of the grant after the newspaper’s inquiries.

                  The government has now confirmed to the BBC it is investigating. But it highlighted the funds were awarded to a UK-registered company.

                  A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Funding for this scheme was awarded through open and fair competition.

                  “We regularly monitor grant initiatives and treat any allegations of impropriety with the utmost seriousness.”

                  The Sunday Times claims one of Ms Arcuri’s businesses also received £10,000 in sponsorship money from a mayoral organisation when Mr Johnson was in office, and she received a £15,000 government grant for foreign entrepreneurs to build businesses in Britain.

                  Call for disclosure

                  Jon Trickett, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said Mr Johnson should provide full disclosure on the allegations.

                  “Boris Johnson must now give a full account of his actions in response to these grave and most serious allegations of the misuse use of public money in his former role as mayor of London,” Mr Trickett said in a statement.

                  “The public has a right to know how and why these funds were used for the benefit of a close personal friend without on the face of it legitimate reason.

                  “This cannot be swept under the carpet. It is a matter of the integrity of the man now leading our country, who appears to believe he can get away with anything.”

                  Mr Johnson was London mayor between 2008 and 2016.