Talking Points: EPL Match day 6

We pick out our Top 3 talking points from EPL Match day 6…

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  1. Are Arsenal serious title contenders?

Could Arsenal’s convincing win at home to Chelsea, set them on their way for a good batch of form to put them amongst the title challengers?

They always have a period of putting a good run together – and this win, and the manner in which they done it, could well set them on their way. Sanchez seems to be settling into his striker role, Walcott scored for the second successive game for the first time since 2013 and even Ozil turned up for a ‘big’ game.

With a relatively kind fixture list until they play Tottenham and Manchester United back to back in early November, this could well be the period where Gunners fans can start to believe again.

  1. Along with Arsenal, are Liverpool & Tottenham this year’s main title challengers to Manchester City? Have we got our top 4 for the season?

After their convincing victories this weekend, early indication would seem these three teams are the main rivals to Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.

Liverpool thumped Hull City 5-1 at home this weekend and leaped to second favourites for the title behind City in the process. Not only are they consistently finding the back of the net this year whilst beating teams with conviction, but every player is chipping in with the goals, making them a real threat.

Add to that, they have already defeated Arsenal and Chelsea away, is it time we took Liverpool seriously?

Tottenham’s 2-1 away win against Middlesbrough was even the more impressive in the absence of star striker Harry Kane. Heung-Min Son grabbed a brace. Time will tell over the coming couple of months if Son and Janson can fire the goals to keep the team at the top in Kane’s absence. You have to take them seriously as challengers thus far, as is the fact they remain the only unbeaten team along with Manchester City, in the division.

Next week Tottenham host Pep’s Manchester City. Whether it be City’s 100% start to the season, or either sides unbeaten run, somethings got to give it in this encounter. Will Spurs have enough about them to defeat the title favourites without Kane? We wait in anticipation….

  1. Manchester United better balanced without Rooney.

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The big story of the weekend was the (not so) surprising omission of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United’s starting line-up, against champions Leicester City at Old Trafford.  Mourinho’s brave move paid off in abundance, as the Red Devils stormed to a 4-0 half time lead with goals from Smalling, Mata, Rashford and Paul Pogba.

In Rooney’s absence, United had a lot more balance in the middle of the park. It also enabled the reds to play with 2 main strikers in Ibrahimovic and the forever impressive Marcus Rashford, both playing well.

Without Rooney making up the numbers in the middle of the park, it enabled Ander Herrea to shine with his energetic running up and down the pitch and Paul Pogba was allowed to be a lot more offensive without the captain in the side. Mata also looked impressive.

The captain did come on late in the game, but is this the beginning of Wayne Rooney’s demise in the Manchester United starting line up?

Can he be effective from the off and control games like he used to?

Does starting Rooney suppress the development of young hot shot Marcus Rashford?

Based on this weekend’s evidence, Rooney may find himself warming up the bench for a few more games yet.

Additional talking point’s from 25th/26th September 2016…

  • Defoe can’t do it alone – Is this the season Sunderland drop out of the EPL?
  • First home point of the season but how much longer will Stoke keep faith with Sparkey?
  • What’s going wrong at West Ham?
  • Will Conte get the time to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes?
  • Will Leicester make a worse title defence than Chelsea?
  • Can anyone stop Manchester City? Can they go the season unbeaten?

Let’s discuss!!!!!

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