Premier League fans got their final fix ahead of an international break this coming weekend, with Liverpool recording a hugely impressive 4-0 victory over fellow top-four contenders Arsenal, while Manchester United continued their perfect start to the campaign.
Who were the stars of Gameweek 3 in the English Premier League?
Saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty and kept the scoreline respectful for The Foxes. Made five saves overall and, though he could have done slightly better for Marcus Rashford’s goal, was let down far too often by his defence.
Continues to prove his worth to Liverpool in another impressive display in the starting XI. Won more tackles (6) than any other player on the pitch, had the joint-highest passing accuracy ratio (91%) amongst Liverpool’s starting players and was untroubled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the flank.
Marshalled his troops with authority and led by example; the Congolese defender made more interceptions (6) than any other player on the pitch and won the joint-most tackles (4) as Newcastle earned their first three points of the season in a 3-0 win over West Ham.
Dealt with the pressure of going down to 10 men against Brighton & Hove Albion. Made three tackles, two interceptions and six clearances as Watford held on to a point at home.
One of those who might have feared for his future after the arrival of Eric Bailly last season and Victor Lindelof this, but Phil Jones continues to do a job when required. No-nonsense in his approach, making six clearances, and looked confident dealing with Leicester City’s threats.
Toyed with the Arsenal midfielders as he jinked his way around them in a dominant performance; Georginio Wijnaldum completed eight dribbles, double the nearest total by any individual player and the most of the match, as Liverpool ran wild on an insipid Arsenal.
The nature of Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal makes it difficult not to select more of their midfield players, especially when it was that area of the pitch that was decisive in their win. Emre Can was one of many beneficiaries, so often winning possession and starting attacks. Offered a bit of everything: two key passes, three dribbles, two interceptions and two tackles.
Put Chelsea in front against Everton with a crafty outside of the boot finish in a crowded area. Afforded the time and space by Everton midfielders to do as he pleased, racking up 98 touches and laying on three key passes.
The Egyptian tore Arsenal apart with his pace and trickery, scoring a solo effort after stealing possession from Hector Bellerin deep in Liverpool’s half and assisting for Daniel Sturridge with a pin-point whipped cross.
Scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the second time this season. Improvised to nod the ball down to Cesc Fabregas for the opener and popped up in the right spot at the right time to head Chelsea towards a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton.
Tucked his chance away with ease to give Swansea City the lead against Crystal Palace. Worked the channels and linked nicely with Jordan Ayew up front. A lot of pressure on the 19-year-old’s shoulders in the absence of Fernando Llorente but he handled it well.