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10 Premier League talking points as Arsenal lose at home again and Man Utd


Two Monday night fixtures await but we have already had our fair share of Premier League drama over the weekend.

There was yet more VAR controversy as Brighton hosted Liverpool and a last-gasp comeback victory for Manchester United at Southampton.

Elsewhere, Manchester City were at their free-scoring best against struggling Burnley, while Mikel Arteta was left “very concerned” after seeing his side suffer another home defeat, this time to Wolves.

Newcastle and Leeds returned to winning ways at Crystal Palace and Everton respectively, and West Brom picked up their first victory of the season against rock-bottom side Sheffield United.

One game where there was little to note was Chelsea’s draw with Tottenham, where Frank Lampard and Jose Moruinho may both have have been happy with a point.

Here, Mirror Football brings you 10 talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action.

1. More Emirates woe for Arsenal

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat by Wolves leaves them 14th in the table and condemned them to a third consecutive league defeat at home.

The Gunners’ poor run at the Emirates – which also includes a 1-0 loss to Leicester and a 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa – left Mikel Arteta “very concerned” after yet another lacklustre showing.

Wolves were deserved winners thanks to their resolute defensive showing and free-flowing attack of Adama Traore and goalscorers Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.

Arsenal, in contract, were toothless, equalising momentarily through Gabriel following a corner but struggling to create throughout the match. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was especially quiet.



Arsenal have lost their last three league games at the Emirates by an aggregate score of 6-1

2. Super-sub Cavani

As Manchester United trailed 2-0 to Southampton at half-time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer traded youth for experience by bringing on Edinson Cavani in place of Mason Greenwood.

It proved a masterstroke as Cavani went on to equalise and score a 92nd-minute winner for the Red Devils, as well as pick up the assist for Bruno Fernandes’ strike in the 3-2 win.

The Uruguayan is yet to start a Premier League game but his stunning second-half display at St Mary’s has given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a selection dilemma, though the 33-year-old is facing an FA probe.

The result lifts United into the top half and Solskjaer will be delighted with a win at fifth-place Southampton. A special mention goes to James Ward-Prowse, who was unlucky to be on the losing side after he assisted the Saints’ opener and scored a sublime free kick in the first half.



Cavani scored two and assisted the other in a stunning comeback

3. Klopp aghast at the Amex

Jurgen Klopp was left feeling hard done by after seeing Liverpool held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

The Reds boss watched VAR chalk off two of his side’s goals over offside infringements before it intervened once again to award the Seagulls an added-time penalty.

Pascal Gross converted the spot kick, as Neal Maupay had been unable to do in the first half, and Liverpool missed out on the chance to go top of the league.

To make matters worse, the champions suffered yet another injury as James Milner went off with a hamstring complaint.

All this resulted in an intriguing post-match interview between Klopp and BT Sport’s Des Kelly as the debate over player welfare escalates.



Klopp saw numerous VAR decisions go against his side

4. Five-star City

Manchester City dusted off the cobwebs to smash Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad for the fourth consecutive season on Saturday afternoon.

Heading into the match, Pep Guardiola’s men had managed just 10 goals in eight league games and there were serious questions over their title credentials.

But if City were low on confidence, they did not show it as they thrashed the Clarets thanks to a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick and strikes from Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres.

Guardiola will be desparate to build on the emphatic victory after an inconsistent start to the season which has left his side 10th in the league.



Mahrez took home the match ball after his hat-trick against the Clarets

5. Spoils shared at the Bridge

As often seems to happen, the game dubbed the ‘fixture of the weekend’ fell slightly flat as Chelsea and Tottenham played out a 0-0 draw in west London.

Many wondered how Harry Kane and Son Heung-min would fare against a Blues team with their own crop of in-form attackers, namely Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Hakim Ziyech.

But the defences reigned supreme at Stamford Bridge as Spurs kept their third consecutive clean sheet and Chelsea their fourth in five games.

Only Spurs (9) have conceded fewer league goals than Chelsea’s 10 and the cagey affair reaffirmed the two sides’ status as legitimate title candidates.



The defences came out on top at Stamford Bridge

6. Leeds edge out Everton

After a blistering start to the season, Everton fell to their fourth defeat in five games as Leeds emerged 1-0 victors at Goodison Park.

Raphinha’s late bullet into the bottom corner was the difference in the Saturday night game, while Kalvin Phillips was especially impressive; Leeds have kept back-to-back clean sheets since the defensive midfield lynchpin returned from injury.

Meanwhile, Everton struggled creatively in the absence of first-choice full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne, who are so often the Toffees’ main source of threat from out wide.

Carlo Ancelotti will be pondering how to return his side to winning ways in the absence of captain Coleman and joint-top assister Digne.



Everton struggled in Digne and Coleman’s absence

7. Eagles downed by late Newcastle flurry

It’s fair to say the Friday night Premier League offering was not the most riveting – until the 88th minute, that is.

The Selhurst Park fixture seemed destined to end in a goalless draw and Crystal Palace arguably had the lion’s share of the chances.

But Callum Wilson poked in from Joelinton’s pass before the duo combined again just two minutes later as Wilson turned provider for the Brazilian to score.

Wilson has shone since his £20million move from Bournemouth last summer and, encouragingly for the Magpies, he appears to be helping get the best out of Joelinton, who many wrote off after a disastrous 2019/20 campaign.



Wilson has picked up seven goals and two assists this season

8. Baggies clinch six-pointer

Sheffield United’s form makes for bleak reading.

The Blades have just one point from 10 games, losing their last five, and a 1-0 defeat to West Brom piles even more pressure on manager Chris Wilder.

Conor Gallagher’s first-half strike was enough to get the Baggies over the line for their first win of the season and lifted them out of the relegation zone.

The bottom four clubs – West Brom, Burnley, Fulham and Sheffield United – are four points adrift of the rest of the division.

It is already looking like just one of those sides will remain in the top flight next season.

9. An update on Jimenez

The final game of the weekend was marred by a serious injury suffered by Raul Jimenez early on in Wolves’ trip to Arsenal.

The Mexican striker was involved in a serious clash of heads with David Luiz and received medical attention for many minutes before he was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital.

To the relief of Nuno Espirito Santo and football fans up and down the country, Wolves have confirmed Jimenez is “comfortable” and “resting” after undergoing surgery on a fractured skull.



Jimenez received medical attention for many minutes after the horrifying clash of heads

10. A look ahead

What are your predictions for the Monday night games? Have your say here.

As mentioned, matchday 10 is not yet complete and there are two fixtures to come on Monday night.

First up, Leicester can close the gap on Tottenham as they welcome Fulham to the King Power.

Victory for the Foxes will see them leapfrog Chelsea and Liverpool to join league-leaders Spurs on 21 points, while Fulham could haul themselves out of the drop zone if they can cause an upset in the east midlands.

The evening’s other game pits in-form West Ham against Aston Villa, who enjoyed a stunning run of four wins at the start of the season but have lost of their last four.

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