Match day 3
The third match day of the English premier league kicked off with plenty anticipation as there were records to be broken, feats to be achieved, points to be secured and old rivalries to be renewed. Most of the players and managers also came into the weekend with one eye on the world cup qualifiers that would take place during the coming week and the next weekend.
Liverpool Hammer Gunners
The biggest game of the weekend was between The Reds of Liverpool and The Gunners of Arsenal. The game kicked off at Anfield and was the most anticipated game of the weekend as the fixture had always provided exciting goals and great football. Both teams had already dropped points to teams of lesser quality with due respect to Watford and Stoke city but it was the first time that they were playing one of the “big teams”. The game also saw a return of last season’s top scorer for the Gunners; Alexis Sanchez in the starting lineup for the first time since the end of last season.
Liverpool turned on the style as they popped two goals in quick succession before the end of the first half. Roberto Firminho got the opener and provided a second for Sadio Mane as the fast Liverpool attackers were absolutely no match for the shambolic defence that the arsenal team put up. The return of center back Laurent Koscielny did not prevent the Liverpool team from battering the Arsenal team as “the third musketeer” Mohammed Salah got on the act early in the second half.
The Arsenal manager made a few changes to try and turn the tide of the game and perhaps get a goal to make the score line more respectable. He brought on Alexander Lacazette, the French striker that was just signed from Lyon this summer and fellow French man Olivier Giroud but the Liverpool defence was not threatened by their presence. The Liverpool midfielder Giorgio Wjinaldum who recently became a father put up a splendid performance as he embarrassed his opposition Granit Xhaka with some skillful moves.
Daniel Sturridge came on later in the game and completed the rout. The victory puts Liverpool in second place on the log as other results went their way. It was Arsenal’s second consecutive loss this season and they are 16th on the table. The manager is already under pressure as several fans are calling for his resignation. It was quite a shock when the board of arsenal renewed his contract after finishing 5th at the end of last season and Arsene Wenger is not repaying the faith that has been put in him.
Chelsea Spanish Connection beats Everton
Chelsea maintained the solid performance that they displayed last time out at Spurs with a resounding performance at home against Everton. New summer signing Alvaro Morata is starting to justify the money spent as he provided an assist for Spanish team mate; Cesc Fabregas before getting a goal from another Spaniard’s Azpilicueta’s cross. It makes it two wins from the last two games for the defending champions after a shocking loss to Burnley on opening day.
Spurs Wembley woes continue
Tottenham Hotspur’s slow start continued on Sunday as they failed to beat Burnley at the Wembley Stadium. The North London team got on the score sheet from Dele Alli but they conceded late on from a resilient Burnley side. Talisman Harry Kane continued his traditional slow start to a season and the fans and manager would have to hope that the international break brings back the sharpness that all the players need.
Substitutes win it for United
Manchester United defeated Leicester at Old Trafford with the substitutes coming to the rescue of the home team. Anthony martial started ahead of Marcus Rashford as Jose Mourinho named an almost unchanged side for the first time this season. There were no goals in the first half as Mahrez troubled the Manchester United defence and Juan Mata having a goal disallowed.
Romelu Lukaku had his penalty saved by the Leicester goal keeper in the second half and it took a Marcus Rashford volley to break the deadlock. Jesse Lingard then had his shot turned into the net by Marouane Fellaini’s knee to make it 2-0. Fellaini, Lingard, and Rashford came off the bench to have such huge impacts on the results of the game.
Sterling to City’s rescue again
Manchester city left it very late before they secured a winner at Bournemouth. The home team got a very delightful goal through the defender in the first half before Gabriel Jesus found the equalizer with a cool finish before the end of the first half.
The second half remained drab as the Bournemouth team held on despite several attacking spell from Pep Guardiola’s lads. The goal eventually came 7 minutes into added time after Raheem Sterling found the net for the second game in a row. He had picked up a yellow card just before he scored and he foolishly ran into the crowd to celebrate his goal which resulted in his second yellow and subsequent sending off.
The controversy was not ended as Sergio Aguero got involved in a scuffle with a stadium marshal. The marshal tried to prevent a city fan from running into the pitch and Aguero got involved. The citizens would gladly take the three points as they remain close to the top with 7 points from the available 9.
In other news…
In other games, West Ham woes continued as they lost 3-0 to Newcastle who picked their first points back in the premier league. The hammers would hope that playing at home would ease their problems as they are yet to play at the Olympic Stadium this season. The games between Huddersfield and Southampton ended in a goalless draw just like the game between Watford and Brighton. Swansea got their first points at Crystal Palace who are yet to secure any point. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Ayew was enough for the Swans
Bournemouth 1-2 City
Palace 0-2 Swansea
Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton
Newcastle 3-0 west ham
Watford 0-0 Brighton
United 2-0 Leicester
Chelsea 2-0 Everton
West Brom 1-1 Stoke
Tottenham 1-1 Burnley
Liverpool 4-0 arsenal