Hello! Welcome to the latest Premier League Weekly, where today I will have all of my match reports from last weekend, and also the team of the week. Enjoy!
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United
Man United beat Arsenal in a phenomenal, breathtaking and dramatic game at the Emirates on Saturday. The Red Devils took the lead when Laurent Koscielny sloppily gave the ball to Antonio Valencia who played a one-two with Paul Pogba and smashed the ball under Petr Cech to score. Only five minutes later, Shkodran Mustafi gave the ball to Romelu Lukaku who passed it to Anthony Martial who in turn gave it to Jesse Lingard who scored with ease. Arsenal were then on top for the rest of the half and deserved to be level at half time. In the first couple of minutes of the second half, Mesut Ozil played Aaron Ramsey through who controlled it and it fell to Alexandre Lacazette who smashed it past man of the match David de Gea to bring the Gunners right back in it. In the 52nd minute Lingard was through, but Cech saved it onto the post. Arsenal went up the other end and Lacazette went through and hit a good shot into the bottom corner, but de Gea saved it and then the rebound from Alexis Sanchez was magnificently denied by the Spaniard’s outstretched foot. United then countered that attack and Paul Pogba squared it to Lingard who tapped it home. Pogba stood on Bellerin’s knee and was sent off, so will miss next weekend’s Manchester derby. In the last few minutes Arsenal should have had two penalties, but neither were give.
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
Man City scored yet another late goal to put their lead back to eight points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League ahead of their derby against the Red Devils next weekend. Despite dominating the first half as you would expect, Angelo Ogbonna headed in from a corner to give the Hammers a shock lead just before the break. However, 11 minutes after the restart the league leaders equalised when Nicolas Otamendi tapped in Gabriel Jesus’ low cross at the near post. They continued to push for the winner, and in the 83rd minute Kevin de Bruyne chipped a phenomenal cross from outside the box towards the run of David Silva, who acrobatically volleyed it with his left foot into the bottom right corner for a dramatic winning goal.
Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton
Southampton scored a second half equaliser to draw in the South Coast derby. After being on top for most of the first half, the Cherries went ahead three minutes before half time when Ryan Fraser shot first time under Fraser Forster and into the back of the net. In the 61st minute Charlie Austin smashed in the equaliser from a Nathan Redmond pass to score what was in the end the decisive goal, despite Austin missing a sitter with his head in the latter stages.
Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United
Chelsea came from behind to defeat Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. The Magpies went ahead after 12 minutes through former Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, but ten minutes after that Eden Hazard equalised to continue his excellent recent form. Also in good form is Alvaro Morata, who put the Blues ahead in the 33rd minute to effectively end Newcastle’s hopes of getting anything out of this match. In the 74th minutes, the game was sealed well and truly when Eden Hazard confidently converted a penalty to keep Chelsea in third place.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-5 Liverpool
Liverpool thrashed Brighton with an excellent performance on the South Coast on Saturday. On the half hour mark Emre Can headed in a corner and then two minutes later a deadly counter attack from Liverpool resulted in a wonderful goal by Roberto Firmino. In the 3rd minute of the second half Glenn Murray’s header was miraculously saved by Simon Mignolet and Liverpool countered again, and it was Firmino again who got the finishing touch on the move. Three minutes later, Glenn Murray pulled one back with a penalty but it didn’t inspire a comeback and Philippe Coutinho scored a free kick in the 87th minute that went under the wall and then in added time Lewis Dunk scored an own goal to put the icing on the cake for Liverpool.
Everton 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield continued their dreadful away form this season as Everton won their second game under Sam Allardyce. In the 47th minute Everton took the lead in the 47th minute when Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s clever backheel put Gylfi Sigurdsson through and he finished first time into the bottom left corner. The lead was doubled with 15 minutes left, this time Wayne Rooney found Calvert-Lewin whose finish deflected off Mathias Jorgensen and over Jonas Lossl into the back of the net. That was the last chance of the game and gave the Terriers no chance of a comeback.
Watford 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham dropped yet more points, this time at the hands of the impressive Watford. In the 13th minute the Hornets went into the lead Christian Kabasele headed in Tom Cleverley’s cross to give them the possibly unsurprising lead. However, twelve minutes later Tottenham scored the decisive goal in the game when Heung-Min Son tapped in Christian Eriksen’s low cross, less than 60 seconds after Watford should have had a penalty at the other end. Seven minutes into the second half the Lilywhites were down to ten men when Davinson Sanchez was sent off for elbowing Richarlison as he ran down the wing. In the end it didn’t count for much, as Watford couldn’t get the winning goal that they certainly deserved despite Abdoulaye Doucoure hitting the post from outside the box.
Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City
Stoke came from behind against Swansea to put the Welsh side to the bottom of the league on only nine points from 15 games. Wilfried Bony put the Swans ahead after only three minutes with an excellent volley from the edge of the box after Martin Olsson’s wicked cross. Xherdan Shaqiri equalised in the 36th minute for the Potters after Joe Allen intercepted a loose ball and played a simple pass to the Swiss winger. Four minutes later Mame Biram Diouf scored the winning goal with a belter of a left footed strike into the top right corner.
Leicester City 1-0 Burnley
Leicester defeated Burnley after an early goal defeat the Clarets at the King Power Stadium. The winning and only goal came in the 6th minute when Riyad Mahrez’s cross was parried out by Nick Pope, but only as far as Demarai Gray who couldn’t miss the sitter that came his way, although he collided with the post and couldn’t celebrate his goal. Burnley played well but couldn’t equalise, mainly because of the excellent work by Kasper Schmeichel.
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace drew away at West Brom to move off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time this season. The clean sheet will come as a relief for new Baggies manager Alan Pardew, after they hadn’t kept a Premier League clean sheet for ages under previous manager Tony Pulis. Wilfried Zaha was a very dangerous as always and he was at the heart of everything good in the game, with Ben Foster making multiple saves from him. However, the best chance of the match came to the hosts in the 55th minute, but Julian Speroni saved Jay Rodriguez’s shot.
Team of the Week
- David de Gea
- Antonio Valencia
- Ashley Williams
- Wes Morgan
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Philippe Coutinho
- David Silva
- Gylfi Sigurdsson
- Jesse Lingard
- Roberto Firmino
- Eden Hazard