AFC Bournemouth: A change is as good as a holiday!
AFC Bournemouth are now unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches since they parted ways with coach Scott Parker. They have improved as they’re more resilient and have shown character for the third game in a row after a 1-all draw with Newcastle United, partly thanks to a change in goalkeeper for AFC Bournemouth, to Neto, who has only conceded three goals in three games.
Arsenal: They were rewarded for their dominance with a comfortable win
Arsenal controlled the balance of play and the tempo of the game against Brentford. The fact that Arsenal scored three goals and kept a clean sheet was what they deserved. It was great that they bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Manchester United in Matchweek 6 with a win in Matchweek 8. The highlight of their Matchweek 8 game against Brentford was the appearance of the youngest player in Premier League history coming off the bench in second half stoppage time; 15-year-old, Ethan Nwaneri.
Aston Villa: Scrappy win, but it’ll do
Aston Villa ground out a 1-nil win in a danger game against Southampton. It’s clear that Aston Villa have the potential to finish in the top half, as they followed up a draw with Manchester City in their previous Premier League match, with a win.
Brentford: A bad day at the office
Brentford were completely outplayed and obliterated by Arsenal. It’s a game that they would’ve gone into with a lot of optimism as they had only lost once all season coming into the game. They can put this one in the memory bank and prove it was an aberration as they’re better than the manner in which they played in their 3-nil loss to Arsenal.
Everton: They got three points
Everton would be over the moon with having claimed a win for the first time this Premier League Season. It was great that new signing Neal Maupay got off the mark, as he scored the only goal of the game.
Fulham: They’re not one dimensional
Fulham have relied heavily on Aleksandar Mitrovic for goals in their opening six games of the Season. Prior to the game he had scored six of their nine goals, but they won 3-2 against Nottingham Forest without him scoring a goal!
Leicester City: Where to now?
Leicester City keep on leaking goals and they have only claimed one point this Premier League Season. They lost 6-2 to Tottenham Hotspur, despite opening the scoring. There’s no doubt something has to change and it needs to start with the goalkeeper, Danny Ward who has conceded 22 goals and made just 20 saves.
Manchester City: Keep Producing
Manchester City opened the scoring in the opening minute thanks to Jack Grealish and an assist provided by Kevin De Bruyne. From then on, they were in cruise control. They played the game with one more player than Wolverhampton Wanderers so Manchester City were in cruise control and would be satisfied with their 3-1 win.
Newcastle United: Dominated the game, but only one point to show
Newcastle United would be pleased with their performance as they controlled the game against AFC Bournemouth and did most things right, except claim the three points.
Nottingham Forest: An opportunity missed
Nottingham Forest stopped star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from scoring, but still conceded three goals. They led 1-nil after 11 minutes, but conceded three goals in six minutes in the second half. It would be deflating that they lost to Fulham 3-2, but that’s football.
Southampton: Just one shot on target tells the story
Southampton played a poor game against Aston Villa who only managed three shots on target. The fact was that Southampton never looked threatening in the final third.
Tottenham Hotspur: Come from behind win
Tottenham Hotspur trailed Leicester City 1-nil after 6 minutes. There’s no disputing that putting Son Heung-Min on the bench was a bold move, but it paid dividends as he came on in the 59th minute and scored a hat-trick. Credit to Tottenham Hotspur to continue to attack and be ruthless in their 6-2 win.
West Ham United: They had a go, with nothing to show
West Ham United had double the number of shots on target and shots than Everton, so there’s no disputing that they gave it their best shot. West Ham United may have lost 1-nil, but they just need to look at the game in its entirety; they hit the post, so they were unlucky and they controlled the game from an attacking perspective.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: They’re not clinical in the final third
Wolverhampton Wanderers played some good football for the majority of the opening 16 minutes, but found themselves 2-nil down, against a clinical Manchester City team. Wolverhampton Wanderers were forced to play with ten men for two-thirds of the game and only lost 3-nil. They would be disappointed, but if they can start scoring, they’ll be a tough team to beat.
Teams with a Game Postponed:
Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester United