Alas, The Premier League finally came back into our lives at the weekend after what was yet another unbearable International Break and what an enthralling Game Week Twelve it turned out to be as The Gunners took The North London bragging rights in a ding-dong Derby and the David Moyes era began without a bang at Vicarage Road.
Inspired Arsenal Race To Unlikely Spurs Victory
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners pulled off a shock victory live on Sky Sports in the Saturday lunchtime clash that opened The Premier League weekend live on Sky Sports, an affair that typified the spirit of a classic London Derby.
The home side struck first in contentious circumstances on 36 minutes, when Shkodran Mustafi rose to head home from a free-kick that should never have been given according to many experts.
But, there was nothing controversial about the doubling of that advantage just moments later as Alexis Sanchez finished well past Hugo Lloris from close-range to raise the roof on The Emirates Stadium, although perhaps the biggest surprise of the affair was that Harry Kane couldn’t continue his run of scoring in every Premier League North London Derby he has ever played in.
The three points keep the red half of the North of The Capital in sixth position but now just a point behind Mauricio Pochettino’s men in fourth, after they slumped to a second League defeat in three games.
Clinical Citizens Brush Tame Foxes Aside In Midlands Triumph
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City continued their stupendous form with an admirable two-goal victory at The King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon to condemn Claude Puel to his first defeat as Leicester City Boss.
There would be yet more controversy in The Midlands as City Skipper Vincent Kompany was not dismissed by Referee Graham Scott for a last man challenge on Jamie Vardy, but the away side would soon lead as Gabriel Jesus finished off a delicious team move.
The other side of half-time, Blue Moon’s usual creator Kevin De Bruyne turned goal scorer, converting a thunderous effort from the edge of the area that buried in Kasper Schmeichel’s top corner.
That was all that City needed, in the end, to ensure that The Foxes remain 12th, but for them, a 16th consecutive win all Competitions and tenth on the bounce in The League keeps them eight points ahead of Manchester United at the top.
Boisterous Blues Bash Baggies To End Pulis Reign
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were in an emphatic mood on Saturday to emerge on the better side of a four-goal drubbing at The Hawthorns three days ago in what proved to be Tony Pulis’ final defeat as Manager of West Bromwich Albion.
The away side only needed just over 30 minutes to put the game beyond the team in navy and blue, opening the scoring through an Alvaro Morata finish from the rebound of an Eden Hazard effort, the very man that would make it two shortly after, being assisted by Morata.
The lead was tripled in the 38th minute with Marcos Alonso getting on the end of a Cesc Fabregas free-kick at the far post before Hazard was in the goals again during the second period, finishing delightfully past Ben Foster from a Fabregas long ball.
The Baggies’ fourth PL defeat on the bonce leaves them Manager-less and lurking dangerously close to the drop zone in 17th, whereas the West Londoners have now overtaken their Cockney rivals Spurs and moved into third position, nine off City’s pace.
Salah Stars As Rampant Reds Thrash Sorry Saints
A magnificent brace from Premier League top scorer Mo Salah helped Liverpool to convincingly defeat Southampton at Anfield three days ago to make it back to back 3-0 home victories in the league.
The Egyptian broke the deadlock for Jurgen Klopp’s men just after the half-hour mark with a stunning curling effort from the edge of the area that gave Fraser Forster no chance.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men fell further behind just ten minutes later through the same man, this time Salah was on hand to neatly finish a Philippe Coutinho ball, the latter going on to triple the lead and seal the points in the second period.
Those very three points keep the Merseyside team in the 22-point rut between fifth, their position, sixth and seventh place but just a point behind fourth, meanwhile, things are beginning to look slightly concerning for the side from the South Coast, falling to 14th.
Dyche’s Leaving Party Continues With Swansea Success
Sean Dyche and Burnley’s magnificent start to the season showed no signs of letting up in another one of six Saturday 3 PM kick-offs as they strolled past Paul Clement’s Swansea City at Turf Moor.
England International and former Swans man Jack Cork put his side ahead first on 28 minutes, rising well to finish off a magnificent team move with his head from close-range.
It was then up to Clarets striker Ashley Barnes to make things even tougher for the visitors just before half-time as he volleyed powerfully from the edge of the area on the break, giving Lukasz Fabianski next to no chance of getting a hand to the ball.
The home side’s sixth win of the campaign kept them tied with Arsenal and Liverpool above, but they still sit seventh as rumours about the departure of their Boss continue to swirl, a similar thing is also happening to Clement for the wrong reasons, his welsh team remain 19th in the wake of four defeats on the spin.
Wilson Nets Hattrick To Down Terries In Vitality Thrashing
A stunning hat-trick from Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson on his return from long-term injury aided greatly in his side’s four-star vital victory over David Wagner’s Huddersfield town on The South Coast.
The Englishman broke the deadlock for the hosts after just over a quarter of the game at The Vitality Stadium, heading home directly from a corner that was awarded shortly after a dangerous tackle on Florent Hadergjonaj by Charlie Daniels went unpunished, but Wilson got his second just six minutes later finishing an Andrew Surman free-kick.
There would be a slight wobble for Eddie Howe’s men on the stroke of half-time when Simon Francis received a second yellow card from Referee Lee Probert but a neat finish from Harry Arter and the sealing of Wilson’s third with a beautiful volley made sure of things.
The Cherries are now up as far as 13th on 13 points in the wake of their third Top-Flight win in four games, while The Terriers remain in tenth position as their up and down first Premier League season continues.
Spoils Shared In Selhurst Crunch Match
Two of The League’s early strugglers in Crystal Palace and Everton had to settle for a point each at Selhurst Park in the last of the Saturday afternoon ties, a thrilling 2-2 draw.
The action started very early indeed during the South London affair as Roy Hodgson’s men got off to a dream start on home turf with James McArthur following in the rebound of a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot, but Leighton Baines soon converted from the penalty spot at the other end after Scott Dann fouled Oumar Niasse.
Talisman Wilfried Zaha was then on hand to put Palace back ahead ten minutes before half-time, tapping in from a superb Joel Ward delivery, however in first-half added-time, Niasse made the most of a defensive error as the home side tried to play out from the back to level once more.
Both teams had their chances in the second period, but they would eventually end honours even, meaning that The Eagles remain rooted to bottom place, whilst Caretaker manager David Unsworth’s men are now looking over their shoulder once more in 16th place.
Zlatan Returns As Hungry United Drub Newcastle
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his long-awaited injury comeback late in Manchester United’s 4-1 romp over Newcastle United in BT Sport’s Saturday night Live Fixture at Old Trafford.
Rafa Benitez’s visitors had taken a surprise early lead with Dwight Gayle becoming the first away scorer at “The Theatre of Dreams” this campaign, however, the hosts soon hit back through Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling to lead 2-1 at the break.
In the second period, a further two goals from Paul Pogba, also returning from a spell on the sidelines and Romelu Lukaku’s eight of the season In The League meant that The Swede had little to do when making his first appearance since the spring to a warm ovation from the home fans.
Jose Mourinho’s men’s triumph keeps them eight points behind rivals City but was only their second in their last four League outings, meanwhile, The Toon have now lost three on the spin and remain just outside the top half in 11th position.
Moyes Off To Horrendous Hertfordshire Start On Super Sunday
David Moyes’ reign in charge of West Ham United began with a disappointing defeat away at Watford in the weekend’s only Sunday fixture, as the Scotsman Managed his 500th Premier League game.
Things started going wrong for the new Boss very early on as Will Hughes made the most of an Andre Gray scuffed shot that fell at his feet to swivel and beat Joe Hart from inside the area and put his side one to the good.
After Heurelho Gomes had somehow kept our club-record Austrian winger Marko Arnautovic out twice on the stroke of half-time, Richarlison took his big opportunity midway through the second period, finishing past Hart on the counter-attack as chances continued to be squandered at the other end.
Victory for Marco Silva’s men in what could have been his last game in charge of The Hornets gets their campaign back on track with a move up to eighth, however, our Hammers remain rooted to 18th as a Relegation cloud looms over East London.
Brighton Battle Back To Deny Strugglers Stoke
Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion needed to battle back from losing positions twice to steal a point off Mark Hughes’ travelling Stoke City in an enthralling Monday Night Football clash at The Amex Stadium.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting finished well past Matt Ryan to open the scoring in the first-half for the away team before Glenn Murray had a stonewall penalty appeal against Ryan Shawcross turned down by Lee Mason, but Pascal Gross would level for The Seagulls a short while later.
However, in added-time at the end of the first period, Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma rose to nod in from close-range and give The Potters the advantage once more, an excellent low volley from Jose Izquierdo equalised once more for Chris Hughton’s side.
The English Boss was left fuming at the Murray penalty decision at full-time, but the fact is that a point means that Brighton fall back down to ninth after the weekend, whilst Stoke may have saved their Manager from the sack with a point that still sees them drop to 15th.
So, now that all of Matchday Twelve’s spoils and thrills have been looked back on, European Football takes centre stage once again this week, but never fear, The Premier League will be back on Friday night as Game Week Thirteen begins at The London Stadium.