Premier League hits and misses: Arsenal’s angel Gabriel helps beat Norwich, consistency key for Man City

Arsenal’s angel Gabriel?

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win over Norwich

Sarcastic chants of “we are staying up” rang across the house stands on the Emirates because the 1-0 win over Norwich lifted Arsenal to sixteenth place on three factors from 4 video games whereas Norwich, who’re nonetheless wanting for their first level of the season, slipped to the underside of the desk.

Arsenal’s begin to the season has been outlined by an lack of ability to defend their field correctly. Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City all managed to bully their approach by way of the Arsenal strains to victory – however Norwich discovered no approach by way of with the Arsenal far sturdier.

The major motive for that was as a result of Arsenal had a defender enjoying who relishes such battles. Gabriel has missed the beginning of the season – and an excessive amount of soccer generally – as a result of a knee harm however his presence was apparent right here alongside Ben White, who appeared to play with extra consolation understanding he had a correct defender doing extra of the soiled work.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Norwich – Match report and highlights
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The Brazilian’s authority in defending his field was summed up completely in harm time when deflecting a Teemu Pukki effort over the bar. Aaron Ramsdale did not have a severe save to make all afternoon, a lot of that was as a result of Gabriel’s marshalling of doubtless harmful conditions. He and White have the attributes to supply a stable base for Arsenal’s younger abilities to flourish and drive them again up the Premier League desk.
Lewis Jones

Consistency the key for Man City?

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s win over Leicester City

After dropping to Tottenham on the opening weekend, it has been the proper response from the defending champions. Three video games performed and three video games gained by Manchester City, scoring 11 targets and conceding none. The run has coincided with Pep Guardiola choosing the identical City beginning XI.

After lacking out on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo, his aspect has proven no indicators of needing contemporary ammunition. City are starting to hit their stride.

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There was by no means any sense of one other aim glut when confronted with superior opposition within the form of Leicester, whose supervisor Brendan Rodgers could mirror on this 1-0 defeat as a chance missed. Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman missed clear-cut possibilities to go along with the shut name to disallow Jamie Vardy’s strike for offside with the sport nonetheless goalless.

  • Leicester 0-1 Man City – Match report
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City had 25 makes an attempt with eight on track along with 61 per cent possession, however the method of their successful aim on the King Power was considerably fortuitous, Bernardo Silva pouncing on a unfastened ball to attain after Joao Cancelo’s shot had been blocked by Caglar Soyuncu.

City needed to be affected person to search out their winner

It got here moments after Rodgers had determined the hour-mark was the correct time to re-introduce Jonny Evans following his harm lay-off for Jannik Vestergaard, who had loved a fantastic recreation however was tiring given his personal latest setback. In a recreation excessive on high quality, City look to be benefitting from the identical settled line-up.

“After the international break, you always have doubts,” Guardiola mentioned. “We were a high level again for three weeks in a row. We had many chances and could have scored more goals. This is a step we still need to take.”

The return of the Champions League this week will most actually result in modifications, particularly with Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden left on the bench right here and closing in on full health, however with Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias growing a stronger understanding with every passing recreation in defence, Guardiola could resist the temptation to tinker an excessive amount of as City look to set the tempo once more.
Ben Grounds

Chelsea present their power throughout the pitch

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa within the Premier League.

Aston Villa had 18 pictures at Stamford Bridge, six greater than their hosts. Afterwards, Dean Smith spoke of his frustration at how his aspect hadn’t received the rewards for their efforts, notably after a primary half after they repeatedly carved open the Chelsea defence.

But, as he mentioned, soccer is about moments and Villa missed theirs. And with the standard of this Chelsea staff, that wastefulness will not often go unpunished ultimately.

This was removed from a whole staff efficiency from Chelsea. They gave Aston Villa an excessive amount of room within the opening 45 minutes and, within the case of disappointing debutant Sual Niguez, an excessive amount of of the ball.

  • Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa – Match report and highlights
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But in aim Edouard Mendy was distinctive, making six saves. In midfield Mateo Kovacic was marvellous, bagging a aim and an help. And up entrance Romelu Lukaku was scientific, burying his two possibilities to attain his first targets at Stamford Bridge in a Chelsea shirt.

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice from two makes an attempt at aim within the Blues’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa within the Premier League.

If Chelsea’s draw with 10-men at Liverpool earlier than the worldwide break was an instance of their unity, togetherness, organisation and collective will then this victory demonstrated the person brilliance they’ll rely on.

It is a mark of an excellent staff if they’ll win 3-0 on what was largely an off day. And an ominous warning for their rivals.
Peter Smith

United scoreline harsh on Newcastle

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Newcastle

With all of the construct as much as Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming at Manchester United, most different components of the sport have been virtually a second thought.

However, Newcastle had different concepts and regardless of what a 4-1 scoreline could recommend, they weren’t simply there to make up the numbers.

Let’s tackle the elephant within the room first – there have been errors made for Man Utd’s targets. Both of Ronaldo’s targets might have been handled a lot better by the Newcastle defence, and the identical with Bruno Fernandes’ roller.

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But Newcastle had their possibilities. They doubtless knew they must sit again and rating on the break – which is strictly how Javier Manquillo ended up equalising shortly after the break. Both Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, who have been very good for the guests going ahead, have been concerned.

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Steve Bruce can not keep in mind having so many possibilities at Old Trafford earlier than however admits Newcastle have been wasteful in entrance of aim and gave poor targets away

And at 2-1, Joelinton ought to have equalised once more after some actually good play. He pressured a reactive save from David de Gea, and that will have modified the complexion of the sport.

“I was very pleased with a lot of it [the performance],” Steve Bruce instructed Sky Sports after the sport. “I thought we were a constant threat on the counter-attack.

” We had some actually good alternatives, I am unable to keep in mind coming right here with so many alternatives. The issue is we gave poor targets away and that is been our Achilles heel as we speak.”

Overall, it is harsh to say Newcastle deserved their 4-1 defeat. There have been very shiny moments, however a number of sloppy defensive moments and the superior high quality of Man Utd finally noticed them overwhelmed. Newcastle’s battles and victories will come on different days and there have been positives to take from Saturday’s journey.
Charlotte Marsh

Zaha’s livid brilliance conjures up Palace

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Crystal Palace’s win over Tottenham

For round 20 minutes at Selhurst Park, Emerson Royal’s Tottenham debut was going easily. The right-back, a £21.5m signing from Barcelona, had been handed the unenviable activity of preserving Wilfried Zaha quiet however he was coping properly.

Until he wasn’t.

At the tip of the sport, as he trudged from the sector having been run ragged by the participant Patrick Vieira later described as Palace’s “technical leader”, his shiny begin felt like a distant reminiscence.

Royal shouldn’t be the primary participant to expertise a chastening afternoon up in opposition to Zaha and he won’t be the final. In truth, in this type of temper, the 28-year-old is virtually unplayable.

  • Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham – Match report and highlights
  • How the groups lined up | Match stats

Zaha appeared aggrieved by the shut consideration he acquired from Tottenham’s defenders from as early as the primary couple of minutes of the sport however the angrier he received, the extra harmful he turned.

He walked a fantastic line when he appeared to lift his fingers in the direction of Japhet Tanganga’s face as they squared up within the second half but it surely was the Tottenham defender who misplaced his cool, scything down Jordan Ayew to obtain his second reserving simply 5 minutes later.

Zaha was enjoying with swagger by then.

There was a nonchalant no-look cross for Conor Gallagher within the build-up to the penalty, which he duly transformed, and he then turned supplier with the cross to arrange Odsonne Edouard’s first aim.

Edouard’s late double ensured he grabbed the headlines however no participant was extra necessary to the victory than Zaha. Palace are embarking on a brand new period below Vieira however the identification of their major man stays the identical. Just ask Emerson Royal.
Nick Wright

Kane suffers as Spurs fail to create

Harry Kane didn't have a single shot in opposition to Crystal Palace

Nuno Espirito Santo can level to mitigating circumstances when reflecting on Tottenham’s dismal exhibiting in opposition to Crystal Palace. Spurs have been with out a string of senior gamers after the worldwide break and misplaced one other when Eric Dier was pressured off injured.

The new head coach has credit score within the financial institution after taking most factors from his first three video games in cost however the journey to Selhurst Park was a reminder that there’s an terrible lot to work on.

Tottenham’s late collapse might be partly defined by Japhet Tanganga’s purple card however they have been lucky to be stage at that time and even when lacking Heung-Min Son and others, the bluntness of their efficiency on the different finish will fear supporters.

Spurs did not muster a single shot within the first half for solely the second time within the final six seasons and their remaining whole of two efforts on aim was their lowest in a Premier League recreation in over a decade.

Harry Kane reduce a pissed off determine and understandably so.

The 28-year-old thought he may be feeding off Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez passes this season however as a substitute he’s starved of service. He is getting on with it at Spurs however at Selhurst Park, he did not actually have a contact in Palace’s field not to mention a shot.

There have been after all no complaints from followers when Spurs began the marketing campaign with three consecutive 1-0 wins. But a scarcity of creativity and aim risk has been obvious throughout the three video games. Only Burnley and Leicester have had fewer pictures than Spurs to this point this season.

Nuno’s first three video games in cost present he’s able to making Spurs tough to interrupt down however quickly he might want to show that he can get them enjoying too.
Nick Wright

Are Wolves up and operating?

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ win over Watford within the Premier League.

It was becoming that just about 4 video games into the brand new season with out a aim, it took a Watford participant heading into his personal web to get Wolves off the mark.

Equally becoming was how shortly they all of the sudden discovered their capturing boots, including a second of their very own 9 minutes later, as Hee-Chan Hwang turned the primary Wolves participant to attain a Premier League aim this marketing campaign.

His aim suggests the plain query from Vicarage Road could have a easy reply. When one aim goes in, will extra comply with? The second-highest anticipated targets tally throughout the division, behind solely champions Manchester City, suggests that could be the case.

  • Watford 0-2 Wolves – Match report and highlights
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“It’s a good result for us and a good result for our four games so far,” mentioned supervisor Bruno Lage afterwards, along with his aspect lastly rewarded for the fruits of their labours.

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Bruno Lage recorded his first Premier League win as Wolves boss after beating Watford 2-0 and the Portuguese coach says altering his staff’s system was the key to the consequence.

Wolves would do properly to take a look at Brighton for an reason they might have to be cautious pondering they’re out of the woods. The sarcastically titled ‘Champions of xG’ created possibilities all through the marketing campaign final yr with out tucking them away – demonstrating completely how composure owes little or no to luck over a 38-game season.

Raul Jimenez, scorer of so lots of Wolves’ targets since their Premier League promotion, nonetheless doesn’t look the identical participant as earlier than his life-threatening harm final yr and is on his longest run with out a aim for the membership.

Once he’s again among the many targets, or Hwang builds up some scoring kind, would appear a extra apt time for Wolves to be optimistic. For now, that is one step in the correct course.
Ron Walker

Brighton proceed to indicate enchancment

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton’s win over Brentford

Four video games into the Premier League season and the Seagulls are flying excessive within the desk.

Granted, they haven’t had essentially the most testing begin, with two of their three wins coming in opposition to Watford and Burnley, who’re each close to the underside. But their newest victory in opposition to Brentford confirmed the steps ahead they’re making below Graham Potter.

They are a stable staff that may play expansive soccer with some gifted gamers throughout the pitch like Yves Bissouma, Joel Veltman and Leandro Trossard, who scored the fantastic late winner on Saturday. Potter additionally confirmed his affect in opposition to Brentford by switching from a 4-3-3 formation to a 4-4-2, a transfer which starved the hosts of possibilities within the second half and allowed Brighton to get extra management of the sport.

  • Brentford 0-1 Brighton – Match report
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“There’s no magic formula,” mentioned Potter, whose aspect are only a level behind the league leaders. “It’s just trying to maintain the performance level that we have had, try to improve and the margins are so small that you have to stay humble.”

With summer season signing Marc Cucurella making his debut, Brighton’s beginning XI in opposition to Brentford contained 10 full internationals for the primary time within the membership’s historical past. The solely space the place they might be missing is up entrance, the place targets are briefly provide. But if the likes of Trossard can proceed to chip in then Brighton needs to be set for an excellent season.
James Walker-Roberts

Worries as Watford left wanting once more

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Watford head coach Xisco Munoz was completely satisfied along with his aspect’s show for two thirds of the match however admits his aspect’s heads dropped after conceding the primary aim in opposition to Wolves.

At the second going 3-0 up in opposition to Aston Villa on the opening day is wanting Watford’s brightest second of the season up to now by some stretch.

Against Wolves, half an hour was all they turned up for and even then, they created just one single half-chance by way of Moussa Sissoko.

The Hornets haven’t thrown cash at their enjoying squad since their Premier League return, understandably in a troublesome monetary local weather, however that calculated danger will hit them within the pocket in the event that they go straight again down – and it actually reveals on the pitch.

That is a good distance away with solely 4 video games gone however Watford have now misplaced three video games in succession with out scoring and would have focused two of these, in opposition to Brighton and Wolves, as winnable, and have little in reserve as a result of that summer season of thrift.

Their reliance on the person brilliance of Ismaila Sarr, the enigmatic Emmanuel Dennis and been-there-done-it striker Josh King to get their targets is quick changing into clear, however they won’t be able to drag a rabbit out of a hat each week.

“We need to be better in both boxes,” was supervisor Xisco Munoz’s evaluation after their newest defeat, however his fingers are tied.

Games in opposition to Norwich and Newcastle subsequent up are already six-pointers and will doubtless go a good method to figuring out how the Hornets’ season pans out.

Lose each and, going by earlier kind, it could go even additional to figuring out how lengthy Munoz stays in Hertfordshire.
Ron Walker

Broja’s affect offers Saints one thing to smile about

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s win over West Ham

Southampton could have didn’t win any of their opening 4 Premier League video games of the season for the primary time since 2016-17 after Saturday’s goalless draw with West Ham at St Mary’s, however it’s not all doom and gloom for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s aspect.

That is due to the eye-catching affect made by substitute Armando Broja, who solely entered the fray on the south coast with simply 16 minutes left to play, however was nonetheless the Saints’ standout participant on the day.

  • Southampton 0-0 West Ham – Match report and highlights
  • How the groups lined up | Match stats

The Albania worldwide was signed on a season-long mortgage from Chelsea this summer season and having scored twice on his debut in Southampton’s 8-0 thrashing of Newport County within the Carabao Cup second spherical final month, was the ahead Hasenhuttl appeared to with a purpose to make the breakthrough in opposition to the Hammers.

And the 25-year-old very practically did in his 16-minute cameo off the bench, first hitting the foot of the publish after one sensational solo run ranging from inside his personal half, earlier than then seeing his stoppage-time header hacked off the road by Declan Rice.

So judging on this proof, Broja could very properly begin for Southampton after they tackle Premier League champions Man City on the Etihad subsequent Saturday afternoon.
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