Premier League highlights: 10 weekend talking points as top two make late comebacks


The Premier League’s top two proved their championship credentials with late winners in their respective matches.

Both Liverpool and Manchester City left it late as they showed the sort of resilience that has become synonymous with title winners in years gone by.

Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the win at Aston Villa, while Kyle Walker was the unlikely her for Manchester City at the Etihad.

Elsewhere, Manchester United could not continue their impressive away form as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth , while there were more woes for Arsenal, as they failed to finish off Wolves despite taking the lead.

There were also wins for Brighton, Sheffield United and Newcastle as the relegation race heated up.

Here are all the key talking points from the Premier League weekend…

1. Bournemouth 1-0 Manchester United: The new United way?

United have only won three of their 11 league games this season

He’s a man who loves to talk about Manchester United’s history, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t going to like the new traditions his side are creating week by week.

The latest one was on show again at the weekend, as the Red Devils extended a run of losing every Premier League away game under the Norwegian in which they’ll fallen behind. And there’s now six of them.

As Solskjaer knows very well, things weren’t like that in Sir Alex Ferguson’s days of yore.

But then they were a long, long time ago.

2. Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: Emery’s Gunners fade fast


It was always destined to be a fraught afternoon at the Emirates Stadium, and the more optimistic Arsenal fans would have hoped that nervous energy could have produced a better performance.

They didn’t get one.

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Wolves deserve credit for their point, but on an afternoon when all eyes were drawn to a gesticulating Unai Emery on the touchline, it has to be noted that any attempts he made to force the issue came to nothing.

Arsenal’s last shot on target came after 32 minutes.

3. Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool: Reds are sharing it around

Andy Robertson scored his second goal in six games

Yeah yeah, late comebacks, ‘mentality monsters’ and the stuff of champions and all that. There is something else worth talking about at Liverpool .

And we don’t mean VAR .

Because after Andy Robertson’s late leveller the Reds – the team of the famed and feared front three – have now shared around their last nine Premier League goals across 10 different players, with Sadio Mane the only man to double up following his last-gasp clincher.

You could argue that a dependence on the forwards was what cost Liverpool as they just fell short in the title race last season, and so this is a development that Jurgen Klopp will want to see more of.

4. Brighton 2-0 Norwich: Seagulls subs prove it’s a squad game

Leandro Trossard scored nine minutes after coming on

Much has been made of the change of style invoked by Graham Potter at Brighton , but when it comes to the differences between his squad and that of predecessor Chris Hughton there is also a change in resources.

While Glenn Murray, Aaron Mooy and Solly March were all unused substitutes against Norwich, £15million summer signing Leandro Trossard and stalwart Shane Duffy did get off the bench for the Seagulls.

And both scored.

5. Manchester City 2-1 Southampton: City hope for 2017 effect

Kyle Walker celebrates his late winner

It was two years ago this month when Raheem Sterling curled in a 96th minute winner against Southampton which seemed to outline just how unstoppable Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were in that 2017/18 title race.

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They ran away with it that season, and after proving that they can last the place in a slugfest as they did in 2018/19, they are now taking up the role of unfancied second-favourites as the title race takes shape.

Ahead of Anfield next week, they’ll hope that Kyle Walker’s late winner ends up being as fondly remembered as that Sterling goal.

6. Sheffield United 3-0 Burnley: Blades’ record is not pure fantasy

Lundstram scored twice as the Blades moved up to sixth

The bad news for fantasy football managers is that John Lundstram will stop scoring eventually. The bad news for teams near the hoping that Sheffield United would struggle this season is that the Blades may not.

Chris Wilder’s men moved up to sixth with this dominant win, and while they surely won’t stay there all season they don’t look like dropping too far down the table either.

7. West Ham 2-3 Newcastle: Set-piece kings buy Bruce some understanding

Federico Fernandez had a hand in a goal for the second week running

Federico Fernandez set up a goal for Jamaal Lascelles against Wolves last week, while Ciaran Clark and Fernandez both scored here. Newcastle’s other goal was a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick, too.

In short, the Magpies are good at set-pieces, and with Steve Bruce craving support and some kind of identity in his team, this could be what he ends up hitching his wagon to.

He might not be loved just yet, but he could be understood.

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8. Watford 1-2 Chelsea: Pulisic patience paying off

The American scored his fourth goal in two league games

When it comes to his handling of Christian Pulisic, Frank Lampard seems to have taken a leaf out of Jurgen Klopp’s book.

Eyebrows were raised when Klopp slowly drip-fed the likes of Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho into his Liverpool team after they arrived, so much so that their very purchases were questioned.

It has been the same with Pulisic at Chelsea too, but after his Burnley hat-trick and his strike here, he now looks to be fully up to speed.

9. Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester: Arrogance or brilliance?

Vardy’s celebration riled a handful of Palace fans

Football needs more Jamie Vardys.

After wrapping up Leicester’s win at Selhurst Park, he proceeded to imitate an eagle in front of the home fans, infuriating a handful of them.

While to some it might look petty, Vardy is proving once again that he is an entertainer.

The game needs personalities like Vardy. It needs pantomime villians. It needs Marmite figures.

10. Everton 1-1 Tottenham: It’s more than a game

Gomes’ injury had an emotional reaction from those on the pitch

After Leicester had continued their good form with an impressive 2-0 win at Crystal Palace to climb to third, all eyes were on Goodison Park to see if Everton could kickstart their campaign against Tottenham .

No-one, though, would have wanted to be watching as Gomes left in agony following an awkward fall after Son Heung-min’s challenge.

The Portuguese playmaker was eventually carried off on a stretcher, his season ended by a sickening ankle injury.

When play was finally able to resume, a late equaliser from Everton striker Cenk Tosun deep into added time felt almost secondary – with players, staff and fans from both clubs united in their concern for Gomes’ recovery.

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Everton boss Marco Silva said: “If course it’s a bad moment for us as a group. It is more than football. We will give all our support to Andre.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino added: “We all feel sorry for Andre. I want to send my best wishes to him and his family. On behalf of Spurs, I can say our thoughts are with him.”





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