We pick out our Top 3 talking points from EPL Match day 8…
Arsenal push on.
Despite conceding two goals and playing the last 20 minutes or so with ten men, Arsenal held on to record their first home victory against Swansea in three seasons, to go joint top of The Premier League.
A Theo Walcott double and a sublime near post volley from birthday boy Mesut Ozil, gave Arsenal all three points and left American Bob Bradley tasting defeat in his first game in charge. Though he will no doubt, be able to take many positives from their away performance.
Swansea actually had more possession in the end (51%) over the 90 minutes and statistically ran Arsenal very close in every aspect. This was no doubt aided by the fact Granit Xhaka saw red for a clumsy tactical foul; that on another day, may have been awarded a “Dark Yellow”, as Arsene Wenger quoted in his post-match interview.
Theo Walcott will be disappointed not to have come away with the match ball after missing two glorious chances to add to his goal tally in yesterday’s game.
All in all though, Arsenal seem to be gathering momentum. Can they maintain a serious title challenge though? They have a good run of fixtures through October, followed by Spurs and Manchester United back to back from November 5th – for when you may be able to make a more honest assessment of their title credentials.
For now, it looks promising for Arsenal fans.
Everton dogged display keeps out City.
Maarten Stekelenburg proved the hero this weekend, as his TWO penalty saves against firstly Kevin De Bryne and then Sergio Aguero, resulted in Everton getting a share of the spoils in this week’s game at The Etihad.
Against the run of the play, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the Toffees. Nolito scoring the equaliser for the home team. Despite 19 shots to Everton’s 3 and 72% possession, Manchester City failed to find a way past Ronald Koemans side.
After such an impressive start to the season, Manchester City seem to have hit a bit of a wobble, which will give Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool fans reasons to smile and believe that the title race may not be such a foregone conclusion after all.
Aguero started this match on the bench- no doubt meaning Guardiola had at least one eye on the midweek fixture against former side Barcelona in the Champion’s League.
Despite dropping points for the second week running Manchester City still remain top of the table but only on goal difference from Arsenal.
Saints go marching on!
Southampton stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games with a convincingly comfortable 3-1 victory at home to Burnley.
Charlie Austin continued his recent goal scoring form scoring his 6th and 7th goals respectively as hit a brace. Nathan Redmond scored the third continuing his impressive form, playing in a more advanced forward role under new boss Claude Puel.
After a difficult start under their new manager, Puel now seems to have found his feet at St Mary’s. They now sit eighth (8th) in the table and will prove a dangerous outfit to face if they can keep up this momentum.
Additional talking point from 15th /16th / 17th October 2016…
- Will Mourinho be happier with the point than Klopp after Monday’s bore draw at Anfield?
- Was Klopp right to start Sturridge?
- Stoke finally get three points! Has that game effectively spelt relegation for Sunderland?
- Does Chelsea’s convincing win over Leicester quash ‘Conte Sacked’ rumours?
- Were Tottenham right to sell Chadli as he scores against former club?
- Have West Ham turned the corner after yesterday’s away win against Crystal Palace?
- Mike Phelan finally gets Hull job – but does Bournemouth’s convincing win spell a long season ahead?
- Were Second Season syndrome fears abolished at Dean Court this weekend as Bournemouth fired six past Hull City?
- Should Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond be called up in next England squad?
- Walter Mazzarri leads Watford to mid table after 1-0 away to Middlesborough. Which new manager has started this season the best?
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