Good Monday morning, TSFers. It was a pretty good weekend around the Premier League from an Arsenal standpoint. The Gunners immediately reclaimed their spot atop the table after relinquishing it to Liverpool two weekends ago. To the matches.
Nottingham Forest 0 - Tottenham 2
Spurs staked themselves to a two-goal lead through Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski before Yves Bissouma got himself sent off in the 70th minute. Let’s not overreact to Tottenham getting back in the win column. They’ve been dreadful for the past month.
Bournemouth 1 - Luton Town 1 (abandoned)
Midway through the second half, Luton captain Tom Lockyear collapsed on the pitch and needed medical attention. It was later reported that he had suffered a cardiac arrest but that he was stable and undergoing further tests.
Chelsea 2 - Sheffield United 0
Cole Palmer and Nicolas Jackson scored for the Blues. As with Spurs, I’m urging everyone not to overreact to a club beating a bad team.
Manchester City 2 - Crystal Palace 2
Jack Grealish and Rico Lewis got City out to a 2-0 lead, but a 76th minute goal by Jean-Philippe Mateta and a 95th minute penalty given away by Phil Foden and converted by Michael Olise split the points. That’s a bad result for City. Palace are not good away from home. City were lucky, too. Ederson easily could have seen red for bringing down Mateta, Lehmann-style in the second half.
Newcastle 3 - Fulham 0
Newcastle consistently beat middling to bad teams at home. Fulham manager Marco Silva felt that Newcastle got the benefit of a number of calls because of the home crowd. He’s probably right.
Burnley 0 - Everton 2
But for the points deduction, Everton would be tied with Brighton on 26 points for 9th place in the table. They’re a solid team. Burnley are not good, as we’ve known for a while.
West Ham 3 - Wolves 0
The Hammers rebounded from a dreadful performance last weekend against Fulham with a resounding thumping of Wolves. Mohamed Kudus is a really good player.
Brentford 1 - Aston Villa 2
The Bees took a one-nil lead, only to have Ben Mee sent off for a wild challenge. Villa scored two to take the points. This match got ugly, with multiple dustups / fracases that saw people sent off.
Liverpool 0 - Manchester United 0
The Reds looked disjointed and not sharp against a United side that defended well enough to earn the point. Without Bruno Fernandes and with Marcus Rashford in the doghouse, Manchester United really don’t do much with the ball. It was a pretty poor match for the viewers, but a perfectly fine result for Arsenal.