Arsenal bossed Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby, Chelsea
were truly rampant away from home at the Hawthorns and Manchester City
extended their winning streak against a resilient Leicester City team.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal earned the bragging rights in the first north London derby of
the season at the Emirates Stadium, a first league win against their
rivals since March 2014.
Two first-half goals within the space of five minutes settled the tie
in favour of Arsene Wenger and his army. Alexis Sanchez was fouled by
Davison Sanchez in the build-up to the opening goal. Mesut Ozil swung
in a free kick which was headed home from an uncomfortable position by
Alexandre Lacazette laid the ball on the plate for Sanchez to grab the
second, firing into the roof of the net. Sanchez and Alex Iwobi missed
further opportunities to extend the Gunners lead, clinching a win
which saw Tottenham drop a spot into fourth-place.
Leicester City 0 – 2 Manchester City
Venue: King Power Stadium
Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne were the goal scorers for Manchester
City in their latest Premier League conquest maintaining their
eight-points lead at the top.
Leicester City gave little away in a cagey opening half which saw
Leroy Sane finding himself in decent positions on multiple occasions
but the German youngsters’ final delivery and decision-making left
much to be the desired.
A beautiful team move just before the half-time interval saw Jesus
convert into an empty net, netting his eight league goal of the
campaign. Jamie Vardy had come close on two occasions but was caught
offside as the England forward looked the Foxes best outlet for a
goal. De Bruyne smashed in a belter of a left-footed strike four
minutes after the restart extending Manchester City’s league winning
streak to 10 games.
Crystal Palace 2 – 2 Everton
Venue: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace and Everton played out a four-goal thriller, a game
which recorded all strikes in the first-half but ultimately failed to
produce a winner at the sound of the final whistle.
James McArthur put Crystal Palace ahead in the first minute, a start
the Eagles and Roy Hodgson could only have dreamt about. Their joy was
short-lived as Leighton Baines equalised from the penalty spot five
minutes later to further heighten the excitement in the ground.
Wilfried Zaha put Palace back in the driving seat converting from
close range, only for Oumar Niasse to ensure both teams were level at
the interval as he pulled the Toffees back on the dot of half-time.
Despite the best efforts of both teams to extend the goal rain it
failed to yield any result as Crystal Palace remain bottom of the log,
while Everton are in 16th-place.
Burnley 2 – 0 Swansea City 0
Venue: Turf Moor
Burnley were truly dominant and in control at home to Swansea City on
Saturday afternoon as they continued their remarkable seasons
Jack Cork started a flowing move from the midfield and was on the end
of the final delivery to head home in the 29th minute. Ashley Barnes
doubled the lead in the 40th minute, finishing firmly from the edge of
the area to condemn Swansea City to a fourth successive loss, dropping
to 19th on the log.
Liverpool 3 – 0 Southampton
Mohamed Salah continued his wonderful start to life as a Red and
extended his phenomenal goal scoring record as he netted twice in
Liverpool’s convincing win against Southampton.
The Pharaoh netted the opening two goals in quick-fire style before
Philipe Coutinho netted the third in the 68th minute to earn Jurgen
Klopp a first win against Southampton at the fourth time of asking.
West Bromwich Albion 0– 4 Chelsea
Chelsea were truly dominant as they racked up four away goals at the
Hawthorns to replace Tottenham Hotspur in third-place.
Alvaro Morata was once again on target in an away fixture opening the
scoring in the 17th minute. Eden Hazard scored the first of his brace
six minutes later to comfortably put the Blues in the driving seat.
Marcos Alonso volleyed the third goal in the 38th minute profiting
from Cesc Fabregas free kick. Hazard completed the scoring, latching
on to yet another Fabregas assist to hand Chelsea a perfect return to
domestic duties after the international break.
Manchester United 4 – 1 Newcastle United
Venue: Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho’s legend over Rafael Benitez continued in Saturday’s
late kickoff despite an early scare handed the Red Devils. Manchester
United were handed a triple injury boost prior to the match day, Paul
Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo all returning from long term
The French man made the starting line-up, his creativity and
industriousness clearly missed during his layoff. Dwight Gayle handed
Newcastle United a shock lead profiting from yet another error from
Manchester United fought back into the game with two headed goals late
in the first-half, first from Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling in
added time. Pogba who justified his inclusion capped off a sweet
performance by tapping in the third goal, before Romelu Lukaku ended
his seven-week goal scoring drought to net the fourth goal.
Ibrahimovic was introduced in place of Martial and he almost marked
his return with a bicycle kick goal but his effort was saved by the
goalkeeper, on a day second-place Manchester United returned to