Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend action | Soccer


1) Kane tripped by the karma police

With 34 minutes to go, Harry Kane tripped over the ball and fired back afterwards, catching the game just in time to feed Bukayo Saka for Arsenal’s third goal, thus dedicating one of the derby’s great humiliations. It was nothing more than what Kane deserved, because even though there is something wrong with someone being forced to work somewhere against their will, he was the one who signed. a six-year contract with no release clause, and him who mistakenly thought that an act of helplessness would be baffling. the most stubborn nihilist in the game. Therefore, it was hard not to appreciate the karma police catching up with him. No doubt he will recover from the disappointment – he’s too good not to – but he was once able to refocus games of this ilk to become all around him, a quality that might have escaped him. for real. Spurs may regret keeping him as much as they already regret staying with them. Daniel harris

Match report: Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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2) Key partey for the gunners to advance

Arsenal have been appalling for much of last season, and that was largely down to Mikel Arteta and his players. In the previous summer, the club had spent £ 45million on Thomas Partey, only on injuries which restricted him to 24 starts. The impact of that bad luck has been largely overlooked, especially once, in last season’s first North London derby, Partey pulled away from the pitch as Spurs were in the middle of scoring. We see the rare value of a midfielder who is also able to create and spoil, qualities that are not only crucial for themselves but for the effect they have on the rest of the squad: the full-backs. Arsenal full-backs can move forward, safe in the knowledge that he will cover them; their creative players can commit to attacking, confident they are likely to see them; and the whole team can be inspired, confident in the company of a league champion who knows how to win. Daniel harris

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Harry Kane and Tottenham suffered a tough day of derby in the Emirates. Photograph: Tom Jenkins / The Guardian

3) Life in search of Loftus-Cheek

Positive points were scarce for Chelsea in their tasteless loss to Manchester City, but it was good to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek doing well after coming off the bench. The midfielder deserves some recognition after a rotten spell with injuries. Loftus-Cheek have struggled to regain shape since rupturing an Achilles tendon in May 2019 and it seemed unlikely he would have much of a future at Chelsea after flattering he cheated on loan at Fulham the season last. However, the 25-year-old continued to tune in and clearly impressed Thomas Tuchel, who had previously compared him to Michael Ballack. “We don’t reward without deserving,” Tuchel said after watching Loftus-Cheek give Chelsea more push and energy in his brief appearance. After a decent 90 minutes against Aston Villa last week, things are starting to improve for one of Chelsea’s most popular academy products. Jacob steinberg

Match report: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

4) Villa earned the triumph of Old Trafford

Aston Villa were very impressive in a victory that showed courage and talent via a team front-to-back performance which bodes well for Dean Smith’s side. The Midlanders hadn’t won at Old Trafford for 12 years and still won the contest at Manchester United on every occasion as Douglas Luiz and John McGinn probed in the midfield and Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings made smart runs for disperse home defense. If late winner Kortney Hause gave the impression of a landslide victory, the opposite was true. Of course, United had their chances. Mason Greenwood was a class above before the break but didn’t score, and Bruno Fernandes only missed his second penalty for the club in 23 attempts, following Hause’s strike. But Smith’s side had their own opportunities, wouldn’t be intimidated by recent history or the venue, and at Watkins they have a striker who, if he stays in good shape, seems to be headed one way: going up. . Jamie jackson

Match report: Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa

5) Case to answer for the culprit Klopp

“We thought we could score more goals to get a result,” admitted Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp when asked why he decided not to remove one of his four strikers after establishing a lead of 3-2 over Brentford on Saturday. Roberto Firmino’s immediate introduction from the bench for striker Curtis Jones was a bold move under the circumstances, even though Klopp had already made the decision while the scores were still level. “We didn’t really need a third midfielder. They only played long balls, ”he added. “I actually think it worked really well.” Yet while Mohamed Salah should have put the result out of doubt before Yoane Wissa’s equalizer with eight minutes remaining and Liverpool also had other opportunities to win it after that, the harum-scarum approach of Klopp may have cost his team two precious points. Ed Aarons

Match report: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool

6) entertaining Leeds could use a win

David Moyes compared it to basketball and Michail Antonio to a marathon. The West Ham manager and their 90th-minute scorer have agreed that Leeds are wonderfully entertaining, but the table shows Marcelo Bielsa’s side haven’t won any of their opening six matches. Leeds are turning the games into frenetic and relentless competition from start to finish, but it looks like their controls have stalled at full speed. A change of pace is surely needed; the best teams know when and how to slow things down but Bielsa is looking more and more kamikaze. “The way they play is completely different,” Antonio said. “I’ve never run a marathon, but it was the closest thing. Leeds are going man to man and they are tireless. Less positively, they are also vulnerable risk takers. “It was like basketball,” Moyes said. “Few teams in the world play football like Leeds.” Maybe there is a reason? Louise taylor

Match report: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds have yet to win in the Premier League this season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have yet to win in the Premier League this season. Photograph: Ryan Browne / Shutterstock

7) Part of the game that wastes time for the Clarets

Burnley gave Leicester the best. Only once in the past year has scoring twice in a Premier League game not been enough for them to win, but there was enough encouragement in the draw to make them believe Josh Brownhill that a first win of the season is imminent against Norwich this Saturday. “It’s going to be huge,” he said. “We haven’t both had a win this season and for us we are really hungry for this win. We are at home where we had a good performance. Leicester fans got mad at the Burnley’s tendency to go to the ground to waste time as they led twice against Leicester, but Brownhill defended the ploy. “I think that is an integral part of football,” he said. wins, you won’t want to speed things up. It’s about seeing the game come out. We’re going to calm the game down and try to take it at our own pace. If it was the other way around, maybe they would do the same. We will do everything to achieve this victory. Peter Lansley

Match report: Leicester City 2-2 Burnley

8) Townsend plays an advanced role at Everton

Andros Townsend could have played Champions League football without a late intervention from Rafael Benítez. “I was surprised that such a good player and such a good professional are still available,” said the Everton manager. Turkish champions Besiktas have reportedly offered the 30-year-old a contract after leaving Crystal Palace. A fourth goal in six starts for his new club rewarded another tireless display. Townsend explained, “I didn’t come here just to do numbers as a free agent. I know I still have a lot to give. In recent years, I didn’t play as much in the last third, I was more box to box, following and helping the defensive organization of the team, but Rafa knew I could play higher and luckily I took over there where I had gone. under him during those few months in Newcastle. May this continue for a long time. Andy Hunter

Match report: Everton 2-0 Norwich City

9) Saints must change plans

Where does Southampton go from here? A home loss to Wolves that extended their winless streak to six games raised familiar questions after a summer of change. Che Adams and Adam Armstrong, who scored on their debut, were selfless but never tested José Sá and Ralph Hasenhüttl turned to Shane Long, who failed to get into the Bournemouth squad on loan in the Championship last season, off the bench late in an offer to break through the Wolves backline. Chelsea player Armando Broja was also featured in the second half. The Saints have failed to score in their last three games and will then face an intimidating trip to Chelsea. “It is nothing new that the attackers who come to us need a little time to adjust to the Premier League,” Hasenhüttl said. “But it’s not just forwards, we also have No. 10s coming in in good scoring situations. We need to do something more.

Match report: Southampton 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

10) Four better than five for Newcastle

Steve Bruce trying to speak to Newcastle fans looks less like a manager pleading his case and more like a man dictating his own obituary. When he says his team did well, he’s right – they should have hung on to Watford, could have taken something from Manchester United, could have beaten Leeds and should have eliminated Southampton … except they didn’t. not done, then sit in the fourth row. with only three points. At Vicarage Road, Bruce made a change that could end up being hugely significant, going from a setback of five to four. It seemed to suit his team better – Isaac Hayden patrolled the area well in front of the defense, and knowing he was there allowed Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff to move forward with confidence. It gave a crucial boost to a team struggling to score, and if Bruce is serious about convincing the jury, he would do well to take a step back and let things work out. Daniel harris

Match report: Watford 1-1 Newcastle United

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