Arsenal Vs. Newcastle :
Arsenal reclaimed their spot in the Champions League places after Mesut Ozil’s wonderful first-half volley secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates.
The hosts were sweating over the fitness of star striker Alexandre Lacazette before this one, and Arsene Wenger was able to name him in the starting lineup ahead of his compatriot Olivier Giroud.
Promising youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles remained in the unfamiliar position of left wing back, while Jack Wilshere kept his place in midfield after Aaron Ramsey was ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.
Newcastle’s Arsenal youth product Isaac Hayden was the focus of much of the pre-game coverage on his return to the Emirates – he started in centre midfield in place of the suspended Jonjo Shelvey following a late sending off against Everton in midweek.
Chelsea Vs. Southampton :
Chelsea eased to victory against Southampton on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 1-0 Premier League victory over Mauricio Pellegrino’s side.
After dominating the first half, Chelsea were rewarded for their efforts when Marcus Alonso’s long-range free-kick crept inside Fraser Forster’s near-post on the stroke of half-time. The Blues were unable to convert their domination of the match into wider goalscoring margin, but their attacking intent was deserving of the three points.
Chelsea looked to dominate from the first whistle, but Southampton showed no intentions of sitting back to absorb the Blues’ pressure. The visitors who had the first chance in the seventh minute, as N’Golo Kanté gave the ball away, allowing Ryan Bertrand to fire a pass across the Blues’ six-yard box. Gary Cahill made a crucial interception to deny the Saints an early lead.
Manchester City Vs. Tottenham :
Man City saw off another competitor on Saturday evening and extended its winning run to a record-setting 16 games with a demolition of Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad stadium.
The game began with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side pressing the home side high and frequently, bringing a bitty, combative opening to the game.
The first real threat from Man City came after ten minutes when a Kevin de Bruyne free kick off the right found the head of Sergio Aguero whose stooping header breezed just wide.
As the minutes passed City began imposing themselves more and more on the game, their breakthrough came when Ilkay Gundogan ghosted into the Spurs box unmarked at a corner and thumped in his first goal of the season.
Twenty minutes from the end and City got their deserved second when a quick break from a failed Spurs throw-in allowed de Bruyne to drive into the left side of the box and thump his shot past a despairing Lloris, doubling the hosts lead.
The third goal came nine minutes from the end, another counter attack interchanged between de Bruyne, Gundogan and Sane, with the German sliding a ball across the face of goal for Sterling to tap home.
The home side continued to pepper the Spurs goal even with the game wrapping up and their fourth goal came from Sterling once again after Eric Dier missed the ball at the back leaving the England winger clear past Lloris to pass the ball into the open net.
The only real positive of the game for Spurs came right at the death when Eriksen shot early from outside the box, beating Ederson and granting the travelling side a consolation on a bad day at the office.
Bournemouth Vs. Liverpool :
An irresistible Liverpool performance completely dismantled Bournemouth and made it a comfortable evening on the south coast for the Merseysiders with a thumping 4-0 victory.
Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah were amongst the goals in the first half, while Roberto Firmino finished the job off in the second half.
The match could have been so different, however, had Jermain Defoe scored a golden opportunity at 2-0.
This fixture last season was one of the games of the year, a last minute goal giving the Cherries a dramatic 4-3 win having been 3-1 down. Another goalfest was anticipated in this game, with two of the league’s most attack-minded teams facing each other. The question on everyone’s lips was which Liverpool team would turn up, with inconsistency being the order of the day on Merseyside.
West Brom Vs. Manchester United :
Manchester United fought off a spirited West Brom at the Hawthorns to claim three points and reduce the deficit back down to 11 points after league leaders Manchester City beat Tottenham on Saturday.
It was a nervy last 15 minutes for the Red Devils after Gareth Barry gave the hosts hope after Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard put the hosts 2-0 up in the first half.
The first 25 minutes of the game were extremely forgettable, with both teams showing a lack of quality with regards to keeping the ball. There were no chances of note for either side, with United probing the most without success until the 26th minute.
Marcus Rashford, arguably United’s brightest spark in the first half, worked some space down the left by shifting the ball on to his right foot and delivered a delicious cross for Lukaku, who had been fairly isolated up until that point, to head home in similar fashion to his goal against Bournemouth in midweek.