London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham recorded important victories in the Premier League’s most exciting contests of Gameweek 9, with a total of 18 goals scored in their fixtures against Watford, Everton and Liverpool, respectively.
Pacesetters Manchester City picked up where they left off against Stoke City last weekend, this time putting a valiant Burnley to the sword by 3 goals to nil.
At the other end of the scale were the two most successful clubs in the history of English football, Manchester United and Liverpool, who were dealt significant blows in their respective quests for league glory.
As another weekend of English Premier League action goes into the books, we look at the best players from the round in our Team of the Week.
Hesitation played a hand in the one goal he conceded but was otherwise solid when called upon. Made a particularly spectacular save to deny Philippe Coutinho in the second half, pushing the strike onto the crossbar, and made six saves overall as Tottenham ran out comfortable winners over a dejected Liverpool.
Did everything he could to help hold off a Manchester United side in rampant form, putting in more tackles than any other player on the pitch (8), making seven clearances and two interceptions as Huddersfield Town beat The Red Devils for the first time in 65 years.
Although Arsenal were breached twice in the 5-2 victory over Everton, the Spanish defender was amongst the visitor’s best players, scoring a well-timed half-volley from close range to bring The Gunners back into the contest. Also won three tackles, two headers and made two interceptions.
The Argentine was cool, calm and collected at the back as Manchester City recorded their 11th straight victory in all competitions, finding a teammate with 98 of his 103 attempted passes. Scored City’s second with a powerful header and won two tackles.
One of the many Arsenal players to run amok in the drubbing of Everton, finishing with aplomb after Jack Wilshere played him through on goal, and made four key passes.
The German international was back to his creative best against Everton, unlocking their defence time and time again with a whopping eight key passes, all while maintaining a polished 89.3% passing accuracy ratio. Opened his account for the season when his deft header flew past a despairing Jordan Pickford.
Vital in both the build-up and finish to the opening goal against Manchester United, pouncing on Juan Mata’s poor touch in the middle of the pitch before driving his side forward and providing the finish. Wasn’t overly efficient with his ball use but was disciplined defensively, adding three tackles and two clearances.
Produced a decisive moment of sublime quality in Southampton’s narrow victory over West Brom, dribbling from inside his own half and beating several challenges before firing into the bottom corner. Incredibly, the Moroccan completed more dribbles (5) than any other player on the pitch despite having only played the last 10 minutes.
Another impressive cameo appearance from this week’s Premier League action, this time from Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi. With Chelsea under heavy pressure from Watford, trailing 2-1, Batshuayi was instrumental to the late turnaround, making an intelligent run around Watford’s centre-halves before heading home. Added another late on as Chelsea ran out 4-2 winners.
If the Chilean does end up leaving Arsenal, these are the performances with which the Arsenal fans will remember him for. Was Arsenal’s driving force on the ball, making more dribbles than any other player on the pitch (6), and added a goal and assist in Arsenal’s thrashing of Everton.
While Liverpool continue to shoot themselves in the foot with abysmal defending, Harry Kane was happy to oblige by punishing them with ruthless and clinical finishing. Rounded Simon Mignolet and finished into an empty net after Liverpool’s high line was caught out, and added a second after the Belgian keeper’s timid attempt to claim a cross resulted in the ball falling nicely for him.