There was an action packed weekend of football in the Premier League for the second round of fixtures. With so many games now televised, it gives a chance to focus on a few different games. Here, we take a look at some that featured teams that will be expected to be near the top at the end of the season.
There’s been a lot of positivity around Arsenal thanks to the transfer business in the summer, but people seem to brush over the fact a string of players with years of Arsenal experience have left the club – Ramsey, Iwobi, Cech, Welbeck, Koscielny. It will take the new guys a while to fully settle in to the Premier League, although Dani Ceballos put on a brilliant display on his home debut. His skills, quick feet and technical ability were all on show, and maybe Aaron Ramsey might not be as big a loss as feared. Star strikers Lacazette and Aubameyang got the goals to see off a tough Burnley side.
This was one of the most one sided draws there has ever been. Man City had 30 attempts on goal compared to the visiting sides’ 3. Guardiola would have been baffled that his team weren’t well ahead by the closing stages, but it didn’t seem to matter as Jesus fired in what looked like a late winner. It was only when the wild celebrations had died down, that the referee awarded a free-kick against City to overrule the goal. VAR spotted an accidental slight handball in the build up – a ridiculous rule. The rules may have been adhered to there, but VAR somehow failed to award a penalty for a clear and obvious foul by Spurs’ Lamela on City’s Rodri in the first half, when ref Michael Oliver was looking elsewhere. So far, not so good for VAR.
Frank Lampard is no stranger to Stamford Bridge, playing there for the majority of his career. His first match there as Chelsea manager got off to a flier with youngster Mason Mount capitalising on a Wilfred Ndidi error and finishing well early on. They had chances to extend their lead but couldn’t take them, and in the second half, Leicester were a much better team. Ndidi headed in the equaliser, making up for his earlier mistake, and Leicester were the side that looked much more likely to grab the winner afterwards. Lampard is still looking for his first win as Chelsea boss. Leicester look a very exciting team under Brendan Rodgers and can cause plenty of problems to the top teams this season.
Elsewhere, Liverpool rode their luck a bit, but did enough to pick up 3 points at Southampton with a 2-1 win. Stand-in goalkeeper Adrian made a glaring mistake late on to give Southampton hope, but Liverpool held on. Wolves and Man Utd drew 1-1, Martial opened the scoring and Ruben Neves scored a cracker for Wolves. Pogba had a penalty well saved, and the draw was the fairest outcome.
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Written by Matthew Drew