Shock outcomes, controversial officiating calls and a decent title race rising on the high, if this weekend was not a conventional Premier League weekend then nothing is.
Reigning champions Manchester Metropolis had been held at dwelling to Southampton, who themselves noticed a controversial penalty and Kyle Walker pink card reversed by VAR, whereas Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea continued their rise on the high.
In the meantime, Leicester Metropolis had been surprisingly defeated away at Brighton, whereas Brentford additionally picked up a shock win away at a toothless Wolves. Arsenal are constructing confidence after claiming a victory away at Burnley. The alternative will be stated for Norwich who stay all-time low after shedding to Watford.
This weekend’s shock Premier League outcomes together with Man Metropolis drawing to Southampton
Arsenal look again in kind after claiming one other 1-0 victory away at Burnley on Saturday
With loads to get our enamel caught into, Sportsmail appears at ten issues we discovered from this jam-packed Premier League weekend…
De Gea and Lingard again in kind after horror midweek displaying
A script was written on the London Stadium on Sunday and the principle protagonists actually performed their roles to perfection.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one other aim, David Moyes did his greatest to get revenge over outdated membership Manchester United whereas Jesse Lingard’s winner towards his former membership couldn’t have been timed any higher.
It was a second of redemption for the Purple Devils midfielder, who was concerned in a mix-up with goalkeeper David de Gea for Younger Boys’ late Champions League winner towards United in midweek, however now Lingard is again within the headlines for the fitting causes.
David de Gea (left) and Jesse Lingard (proper) had been Manchester United’s heroes at West Ham
Lingard put his Younger Boys backpass behind him to internet the winner on Sunday afternoon
After a gradual begin to the season, Lingard now has back-to-back targets off the bench after scoring towards Newcastle final weekend. This sort of kind not solely reveals United have good depth but it surely does relieve some strain on Bruno Fernandes by way of creativity from midfield.
One other man again in kind after a troublesome time at Previous Trafford is goalkeeper De Gea, who lastly ended a protracted streak of failing to save lots of penalties by stopping substitute Mark Noble in damage time.
The Spaniard has been helped out by Dean Henderson’s absence resulting from his coronavirus struggles however even when the England worldwide returns, De Gea continues to be firmly No 1 at United once more.
De Gea and Lingard had been the United villains a number of days in the past, now their standing at Previous Trafford has been restored.
De Gea, in the meantime, saved a stoppage time penalty from Mark Noble to earn the three factors
Arteta going again in time to boring boring Arsenal
Mikel Arteta desires Arsenal followers to really feel delight of their staff, so it appears just like the Spaniard is taking Gunners supporters again to a separate period of their staff.
The Gunners are in an analogous place to when George Graham took over in north London again in 1986 – in decline and slowly transferring away from England’s largest sides.
Graham’s Gunners then turned famed for masterminding easy and uneventful 1-0 victories, which resulted headlines like ‘Boring, Boring Arsenal’. Arteta’s Arsenal is now heading in that course.
Mikel Arteta (above) has masterminded Arsenal to back-to-back 1-0 victories in current weeks
The north Londoners now have back-to-back slender wins over Norwich and Burnley – each victories unspectacular but very important to boosting confidence after a dismal begin to the Gunners’ Premier League marketing campaign.
Graham labored with the likes of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn to spice up his backline. Arteta is producing comparable outcomes with first-choice again 4 Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.
Having White and Gabriel again match is a serious plus level for Arteta, whose defence appears rather more sturdy with these two on the coronary heart of their backline.
Holding them match can be essential to Arsenal’s kind this season. As for the ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’, Arteta and his followers will certainly take that on Sunday’s north London derby.
Arteta’s Arsenal is replicating George Graham’s (above) ‘Boring, Boring Arsenal’ staff
Ivan Toney is strictly what Wolves are lacking
Bruno Lage’s Wolves look quite toothless up entrance. The Molineux facet have fired blanks in 4 out of their first 5 matches this season and don’t appear to gave mounted their issues up entrance that existed underneath Nuno Espirito Santo final time period.
On Saturday lunchtime, Lage in all probability seemed on with unbelievable jealousy as Brentford’s Ivan Toney confirmed how his strikers must be taking part in.
The 25-year-old completely bullied the Wolves backline, scoring from a penalty that he earned himself from a Bees nook, earlier than occurring an outstanding solo run to arrange Bryan Mbuemo’s aim within the 2-0 away win.
Ivan Toney (center) bullied Wolves’ defenders in Brentford’s 2-0 win at Molineux on Saturday
Toney now appears at dwelling on this division and is one in every of Brentford’s greatest possibilities of making the membership Premier League regulars – the identical can’t be stated of Wolves forwards.
Raul Jimenez continues to be recovering from his cranium fracture however his competitors up entrance isn’t precisely doing a lot to spur him on.
New signing Hwang Hee-chan scored final week however his show on Saturday reveals he wants time to settle, whereas teenager Fabio Silva has performed little or no to justify the £35million Wolves paid for him final season.
The subsequent few weeks can be essential for Lage in proving that he’s the person to steer Wolves away from a post-Nuno hangover. The Midlands facet don’t face any of England’s ‘Massive Six’ till the center of December, presenting the membership with loads of probabilities to get his strikers firing this season.
Wolves forwards, together with Raul Jimenez (proper), have fired 4 blanks in 5 top-flight video games
Brighton displaying no transfers work simply high-quality
What a job Graham Potter is doing at Brighton to date this season. Fourth within the desk with 4 wins from 5, the very last thing Seagulls followers are fascinated about is a relegation battle this season.
Earlier than Sunday’s victory over Leicester, many pundits put Brighton’s good begin right down to a straightforward run of fixtures towards relegation rivals. However a win over Brendan Rodgers’ European chasers reveals that the south coast membership can be a troublesome encounter for any staff in the meanwhile.
Graham Potter’s (proper) Brighton now sit fourth within the Premier League after 4 wins from 5
Holding religion in Neal Maupay (proper) and Danny Welbeck (center) has paid off for Potter
What Potter has performed so properly is caught along with his weapons. Final season, Brighton dominated matches – and the xG desk – however lacked efficiency up entrance. As an alternative of adjusting the personnel, the Seagulls boss saved his religion within the likes of Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck, who each discovered the online on Sunday.
That belief by Potter is being rewarded and that confidence is flowing by way of the remainder of the squad. In Brighton’s beginning eleven on Sunday, left-back Marc Cucurella is the one new face from final season’s squad.
Typically, not altering an excessive amount of within the switch window works simply high-quality.
Saint-Maximin and Almiron can carry Newcastle amid the chaos
It’s been a difficult week for Newcastle. Sportsmail revealed the Magpies camp has been plagued with coaching floor rows, bewilderment over Steve Bruce’s ways and complaints in regards to the coaching schedule.
The membership’s issues deepened when Raphinha put Leeds 1-0 up at St James’ Park on Friday night time – the Toon Military turned poisonous towards supervisor Bruce whose future on the membership seemed very a lot unsure.
Allan Saint-Maximin (second left) and Miguel Almiron (proper) are Newcastle’s shiny sparks
However forwards Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin ended up being the proper treatment for the Magpies, with each Newcastle forwards displaying nice aptitude to haul them again into the match.
French ahead Saint-Maximin hauled his facet degree with a beautiful solo aim, whereas Almiron is in one of the best type of his Newcastle profession, taking gamers on at will and getting the annoyed followers off their seats.
Each gamers hitting the fitting notes at Newcastle is a serious enhance for Bruce, who’s presently with out high scorer Callum Wilson dealing with a good few weeks on the sidelines with a quad damage.
Whether or not Almiron and Saint-Maximin’s kind is sufficient to maintain Bruce’s boo boys at bay is but to be seen, however the Newcastle supervisor doesn’t have many higher playing cards to play in the meanwhile.
Magpies boss Steve Bruce (proper) has endured a troublesome week however Almiron’s kind is a lift
Liverpool and Chelsea can’t be separated on the high
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|Norwich 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Leeds 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool 3-0 Palace
|Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea
We’re anticipating a decent title race this season, however Liverpool and Chelsea are taking the concept of ‘neck and neck’ to an entire new degree.
Alongside Manchester United on the summit, each groups have 13 factors, each have 4 wins from 5 and each have revolutionary German managers by way of ways.
However get this: each groups have recorded precisely the identical scorelines in each single Premier League matchday to date.
Jurgen Klopp’s (left) Liverpool and Thomas Tuchel’s (proper) Chelsea are very shut on the high
The Reds continued their good begin to the season with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace
Each squads even have comparable squad statuses as properly. Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel have rotated their backlines and midfield areas repeatedly however saved the identical ahead gamers most weeks.
Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah are set for a duel within the Premier League Golden Boot race, whereas little can separate goalkeepers Edouard Mendy and Alisson Becker relating to kind.
Ought to each side stay this shut this season, we’re in for one hell of a title race.
Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Tottenham means they’ve an equivalent begin to Klopp’s Liverpool
Guardiola must discover a function for Sterling or transfer him on
Manchester Metropolis opted to not discover a new centre-forward this summer season to exchange Sergio Aguero, however Pep Guardiola might nonetheless depend on Raheem Sterling for targets – or so he thought.
The Metropolis winger had the summer season of his life at Euro 2020 and seemed set to place a poor finish to final season on the Etihad Stadium behind him.
However Sterling has picked up precisely the place he left off by way of poor Metropolis kind this summer season, along with his current woes summed up by his show in his facet’s 0-0 stalemate at dwelling to Southampton.
Raheem Sterling (left) struggled in a central function throughout Man Metropolis’s draw with Southampton
The England ahead was given the nod forward of Ferran Torres, who has began the season brightly, however Sterling struggled in a extra central function in Guardiola’s set-up.
The 26-year-old tried simply 18 passes all sport and managed simply two pictures on course. Sterling then tapped in an injury-time winner that was dominated out for offside by VAR, when the Metropolis star ought to have left it for Phil Foden who was onside and in addition able to tapping dwelling.
For the time being, there’s a transparent correlation between Metropolis profitable video games and Sterling beginning matches. Crushing victories over Norwich, Arsenal and RB Leipzig have come when the winger has began video games on the bench, whereas the Southampton stalemate and the opening weekend loss to Tottenham noticed Sterling begin from the off.
Pep Guardiola (above) is operating out of time to discover a place for England’s Sterling in his squad
Utilizing Sterling in a central space didn’t work at Southampton, however Sterling’s possibilities of beginning in a large function could not present him or Guardiola with any extra luck, given how properly Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish operated in these areas.
With speak of Sterling doubtlessly fascinating Barcelona this season, time is operating out for Guardiola to discover a function for the England winger in his set-up.
Tottenham lack leaders forward of huge week
In equity to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham, they began Sunday’s London derby in a scintillating temper – with no one predicting a 3-0 Chelsea win when the scores had been degree at half-time.
However Thomas Tuchel’s tactical tweak to deliver N’Golo Kane on on the interval modified the sport and Tottenham had been powerless in responding to that change.
Tottenham had been toothless of their second-half displaying towards Chelsea on Sunday
Sunday was one other second when Spurs collapsed on the massive event and a scarcity of leaders is why the north Londoners fail to step up in main moments so usually.
The present Tottenham staff principally consists of latest gamers who’ve joined the membership over the past 12 months, with no actual stalwarts serving to to drive the staff.
World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is the captain however can solely accomplish that a lot when he isn’t used as a battering ram in a Spurs defence that enable far too many pictures on aim.
Harry Kane is the opposite supposed chief however, as Roy Keane identified, the England captain is extra of a constructive motivator quite than a scruff-of-the-neck controller. The Spurs striker additionally lacks the trophy-winning expertise to take his staff by way of powerful occasions.
Essentially the most skilled gamers like Harry Kane (center) lack the big-game profitable expertise
Spurs face a massively necessary week the place they face Wolves of their bid to maintain their Carabao Cup trophy hopes alive, earlier than taking up Arsenal within the north London derby.
Nuno’s squad want to search out some leaders shortly, or face one other few troublesome weeks after back-to-back defeats.
Norwich lack Premier League expertise
Issues are wanting gloomy for Norwich, even at this early stage of the season.
5 defeats from 5 and just one goalscorer – talisman Teemu Puuki – to date this season, Daniel Farke’s facet already look destined for the drop. If they’ll’t beat relegation rivals Watford at dwelling, who can they beat?
The issue the Canaries have is that they merely don’t have the expertise that they should maintain them on this division. Farke is asking the likes of latest signings Josh Sargent, Milot Rashica and Mathias Normann to provide rapid outcomes and whereas Tim Krul, Max Aarons and Puuki are dependable, they had been a part of the facet that bought relegated final season.
Norwich are one other staff in serious trouble after 5 defeats from their opening 5 matches
Norwich have scored simply twice this season, each targets coming from Teemu Pukki (proper)
Loanees Brandon Williams and Billy Gilmour are promising however nonetheless lack the know-how of the league. You possibly can’t actually see both of these gamers staying at Norwich past this season as they’re destined for greater and higher issues.
There’s nonetheless time for Farke to repair this disastrous begin – with a visit to Chelsea the one severely troublesome sport earlier than the beginning of December – however outcomes have to return shortly.
Villa’s depth reveals why they’ll end forward of Everton this season
Earlier than Aston Villa’s tie with Everton on Saturday, you may inform which approach the sport was going by wanting on the substitutes’ bench.
Dean Smith’s Villa had attacking choices galore, whereas the Toffees’ most bold first-team choices had been Tom Davies and Andre Gomes.
Villa know that when Danny Ings isn’t firing, Ollie Watkins can step up as an alternative. If neither of them are in and across the targets, then there’s Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey to name upon.
Leon Bailey (left) performed an important function in an attacking Aston Villa’s 3-0 victory over Everton
Rafa Benitez (left) doesn’t have the identical attacking choices at Everton in comparison with Villa
The latter got here off the bench to devastating impact on Saturday night time and the Jamaican winger’s Premier League profession has lastly kicked off.
For Everton, the Toffees have a powerful reliance on Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison for targets. Whereas Andros Townsend and Demarai Grey have began their Goodison Park careers brightly, the sensation if very completely different in Rafa Benitez’s camp.
Villa and Everton had been earmarked as two potential groups able to breaking apart the ‘Massive Six’ this season. One appears extra doubtless than the opposite, at this charge.