In what was yet another dramatic weekend of Premier League football, both Manchester clubs went on a scoring spree. Arsenal, surprisingly, forced Chelsea to a draw, the Eagles lost another game, despite their new manager and Klopp’s Liverpool just couldn’t find their way through.
Gameweek 5 of the Premier League has come and gone, and here’s what we learnt:
- Manchester City and Manchester United: The Deadliest Clubs in The Premier League
It’s very very hard to look past the way Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are scoring for fun in the Premier League. Most people expected a tight goal margin at Watford with Marco Silva being at the helm of affairs and their recent run of form.
But it seemed as if that was the main motivation for Man. City to tear their defense line up and leave them in shreds. Scoring 3 goals in each half of a Premier League is hard, unbelievably hard. But Sergio Aguero (3 goals), Gabriel Jesus and co. made it look like nothing happened.
Manchester United on the other hand, struggled at first with the excellence of Wayne Rooney in midfield. In the end, the score line read 4-o in favor of Jose Mourinho’s men. After the performance of both clubs in the last round of Premier League, most clubs will be wary of playing them.
If they continue this way, the Premier League trophy will soon be leaving London for its new home in Manchester.
- Benitez is Growing into the Premier League
Newcastle may have found the first couple of weeks hard to live with when they returned to top-flight football this year. They lost their first two games and many were already calling for Benitez’s head.
Fast-forward to Gameweek 5 and they’re placed 5th on the Premier League table, after winning their last three games on the bounce. If anyone required a reminder of Rafael Benítez’s excellence as a coach and manager, it is contained in Newcastle United’s run of three successive Premier League wins.
Despite the lack of transfer activities, he has been able to build a well-organised counterattacking side, transforming somewhat ordinary-looking players into a force to reckon with.
- There’s an Early Relegation Watch
In one of our recent blogposts, we discussed the drama on-going at the bottom of the log. Everton have replaced West Ham on the 18th position on the table, joining Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at the relegation area of the log table.
The Premier League is quite unpredictable. As such, these teams may be replaced by another set of teams after five or 10 rounds of Premier League games. But for now, the focus is on Ronald Koeman, Eddie Howe and Roy Hodgson.
- Arsenal Surprised Us
No one saw it coming, Arsenal picking a point at the Stamford Bridge. Even the staunchest of Arsenal faithfuls wouldn’t have seen players of their favorite club stand up to Antonio Conte’s men.
The first 15 minutes of the game looked like it was going to be same old, same old. But as the game continued, Ramsey and Mustafi stepped up to the plate and almost pulled of their 2011 feat of defeating Chelsea at the Bridge.
The draw was a surprise result, the Luiz red card, not so surprising. The result will be a huge morale booster for Arsenal and they will be looking to make the most of it when they face Wet Brom in their next Premier League game.
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