All told, it was a pretty solid weekend of Premier League action from an Arsenal point of view. The Gunners took three points and most of the teams around them in the table dropped points. Fulham host Wolves later today to wrap up the matchweek.
Manchester City 1 - Liverpool 1
A late Trent Alexander-Arnold goal (on an impressive, long-range shot) cancelled out an Erling Haaland first half marker. City looked particularly open to Liverpool’s quick-breaking attacks. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked weak in the midfield and happy to cede possession. Neither of the teams looked a vintage, PL champion side.
Sheffield United 1 - Bournemouth 3
Sheffield continue to be terrible. Bournemouth aren’t anything to write home about but should manage to stay up this season because Burnley, Sheffield, and one of Luton and the points-deducted Everton will be relegated. Bournemouth aren’t fully out of the relegation conversation, though. Marcus Tavernier notched a brace.
Nottingham Forest 2 - Brighton 3
Forest are another of the teams who will probably be safe but not because on any particular merit of their own. Evan Ferguson scored on his return from injury and Joao Pedro notched a brace for Brighton. Anthony Elanga scored in the 3rd minute and Morgan Gibbs-White converted a penalty in the 76th. Lewis Dunk got himself sent off for dissent. He picked up a yellow card disputing a penalty award, then about 30 seconds later, picked up a straight red for dissent for being “personally abusive” to referee Anthony Taylor.
Burnley 1 - West Ham 2
Burnley couldn’t make a 1-0 lead stick, conceding two late goals to stay bottom of the Premier League table. Mohamed Kudus was integral to both West Ham goals. He’s a really good player — someone is going to pay 60M+ for him in a season or two.
Luton Town 2 - Crystal Palace 1
The Hatters notched their first Premier League home victory in club history. Ebercehi Eze left the match with an injury, which is concerning for Palace.
Newcastle 4 - Chelsea 1
Newcastle beat bad teams, and Chelsea are a bad team. Anthony Gordon scored a brace, and now people are way overstating his ability. Reece James picked up a second yellow in the 73rd minute and was sent off. The caution may have been softer than the one assessed to Takehiro Tomiyasu against Palace.
Tottenham 1 - Aston Villa 2
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Aston Villa were terrible, constantly getting sliced open, but Spurs were unable to score an onside goal (Son had three called back). Just a perfect result. Spurs are in trouble.
Everton 0 - Manchester United 3
The scoreline deceives here. Everton were in the match and arguably the better side. The Toffees can’t score goals. It was their issue early in the season, they seemed to have fixed it somewhat, and now they’re back to not scoring. Sean Dyche needs to stop giving Ashley Young minutes, he’s cooked. 18-year old Kobbie Mainoo looks an annoyingly talented midfielder for United.