After the Football World Cup and a brief pre-season, the fan favorite English Premier League 2018-19 has hit the ground running from this Friday night. After the first game week, Liverpool have placed themselves at the zenith of the League Table courtesy their 4-0 triumph over West Ham at Anfield. The top 5 clubs, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham kicked off their campaign with expected victories.
Manchester United commenced the first match of this term’s Premier League involving a big team, on Friday night. At Old Trafford, they saw off Leicester 2-1, thanks to Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw strikes. Jamie Vardy scored a late goal for the Foxes.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 10, 2018
Tottenham got all the three points against Newcastle at St James’ Park by virtue of Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli goals.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 11, 2018
Chelsea played to a convincing 3-0 victory over Huddersfield. All eyes were on new manager Sarri and he delivered, as delivered the new signings along with the current players. N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro scored the three goals to chalk out the winning start to their campaign.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018
For the first time under the tenure of Jurgen Klopp, the owners invested some money and pundits are considering the Reds as Title contenders. Liverpool were brilliant in their 4-0 victory over West Ham United and dazzled the most among all the clubs.
Four goals and three points. Picking up from where we left off at Anfield last season. ?
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 12, 2018
Manchester City and Arsenal
Manchester City vs Arsenal was the biggest face off in the Premier League game week one. Pep Guardiola’s City, the defending champions started the match as favorites and they delivered. At the Emirates Stadium, they got off to 2-0 win over Arsenal, with the Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva goals separating the teams at the score sheet. Expectations were high from the new Arsenal manager, Unai Emery but the Gunners churned out a poor performance.
He loves a goal at the Emirates, does Bernardo! ? pic.twitter.com/TtYN4RlZa9
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 12, 2018
Apart from the stunning goals, the highlights of the first game week were Jurgen Klopp’s goal celebration and Sarri’s cigarette chewing.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was chewing a cigarette during his first Premier League game today because you can't smoke inside English football stadiums. ? ? ? pic.twitter.com/iiw59od1fP
— Premier League Stuff (@EPLStuff) August 11, 2018
What a celebration from Klopp ? pic.twitter.com/yR0obDEoeS
— – (@lfcrealtalk) August 12, 2018
Manchester United 2-0 Burnley: Video Highlights, Review
Manchester United snatched a crucial away victory at Turf Moor to ease the mounting pressure as striker Romelu Kukaku struck twice.
Burnley Starting 11: Hart, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Wood.
Substitutes: Heaton, Lowton, Vokes, Barnes, Ward, Vydra, Long.
Manchester United Starting 11: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Fellaini, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.
Substitutes: Bailly, Rashford, Martial, Grant, Fred, Young, Ander Herrera.
The fixture was an eventful one. The United fans threw their full support behind manager Jose Mourinho and anti-Ed Woodward banner (‘Woodward is a specialist in failure’) was flown above the stadium. Lukaku scored in 27th and 44th minutes to double the lead for the Red Devils. Take a look at the Lukaku goals:
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United should have scored four but Burnley goalkeeper Hart came out with some fantastic saves although he was at fault for Lukaku’s opener as he should have done better. Burnley was exhausted following their testing Thursday encounter with Olympiacos at the Europa League and United just exploited that. Pogba missed a penalty at the 69th minute, also missed a chance to score denying Lukaku from a potential hattrick in the second half. At the 71st minute, rash Rashford was shown a red card for headbutting Bradsley.
United enjoyed 54% possession and made 21 shots (9 being on target), compared to Burnley’s 9 (2 being on target).
Fellaini was brilliant for United in the middle of the park as he allowed other United midfielders to break free and feed the forwards. Broke up opposition attacks and was fantastic aerially as well. Rashford later apologized for his red card, he said: “Emotions got the better of me, I shouldn’t of reacted like that. Sorry to everyone at the club and all the fans.”
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What a win UTFR pic.twitter.com/OzzNnr5WJD
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Left-back Shaw was particularly brilliant. Also, the linkup between Sanchez and Lukaku was a major highlight.
? It's hotting up at Turf Moor as Rashford is shown his marching orders!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 2, 2018
After the match, Mourinho quipped: “I am delighted and some of you (media) must be disappointed.” The boss also said that Pogba can continue taking penalties if he wants.
Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle: Video Highlights and Review
Manchester City emerged victorious at the Etihad Stadium over Newcastle to keep the pressure at Liverpool and Chelsea, who are occupying the top two places at the League table after four matches, before going into the International Break.
It was a vintage Pep Guardiola football by City. Tucked in, attacking, overlapping fullbacks, short passes, 15 yards passes, quick transitions, creative midfield and lethal attack. City would have scored more goals had they not been wasteful.
Raheem Sterling provided City an early lead at the 8th minute after Newcastle skipper Lascelles gave space to City fullback Mendy, who fed to Sterling for the well-taken goal.
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Newcastle Right-back Yedlin pulled one back beautifully at the 30th minute to score his first Premier League goal for Newcastle. The full-back churned out a gut-busting 70-yard run and brilliantly scored from Rondon cross.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 1, 2018
Just into the seventh minute, City right-back Kyle Walker scored a 30-yard piledriver, undoubtedly the strike of the day, at the 52nd minute to hand City the lead.
Here is the strike:
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Guardiola reaction after the goal:
— MCFC GIF (@mcfcgif) September 1, 2018
City enjoyed 78% ball possession and 24 shots (8 being on target), compared to Newcastle’s 3 shots (2 being on target). Clear dominance.
Guardiola told BBC Sport: “To start with 10 points from 12 is a good start for us. We dropped to points against Wolves but the performance was quite good and we created chances. I am not disappointed in the way we played. If you don’t win a game then it is important to win the next one.”
Benitez told BBC Sport: “I am really pleased with the effort, mentality and team spirit. We were in the game for a while. We gave the ball away or the first and the second was a great goal.”
Manchester City Starting 11: Ederson (7), Walker (8.5), Stones (6.5), Laporte (5.5), Mendy (6), Fernandinho (6.5), D. Silva (6.5), Mahrez (6), Sterling (7.5), Jesus (6), Aguero (7).
Used Subs: Kompany (5), Gundogan (6), B. Silva (6.5).
Newcastle United Starting 11: Dubravka (8), Yedlin (7.5), Clark (6.5), Fernandez (5.5), Lascelles (5), Dummett (5.5), Diame (5.5), Ki (6), Kenedy (5.5), Perez (5.5), Rondon (5).
Used Subs: Atsu (6), Murphy (6), Joselu (6).
Kompany was presented with a memento for his ten years of service for the Citizens. Leroy Sane was a notable absentee from the squad amidst rumors of his attitude problem.
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth: Video Highlights, Review
Chelsea earned a hard-fought victory over Bournemouth at the Stamford Bridge to win their first four Premier League opening matches for the sixth time. The last time this same feat was achieved, the Blues went on to win the League under Jose Mourinho back in 2014/15.
Chelsea enjoyed 73% ball possession and 24 shots (6 being on target)over the course of the match, compared to 27% possession and 8 shots (1 being on target) on the goal of Bournemouth. Despite domination the ball, Chelsea found it really difficult to break the deadlock against a deep sitting and resilient Bournemouth defense.
Marcos Alonso was a revelation for the Blues, as the left wing-back was the most lethal attacking outlet, especially in the first hour of the game. Alonso almost scored in the first half. Bournemouth were left to rue the missed chances by ex-Chelsea man Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson. The visiting side had their chances as well but Wilson and Ake squandered the easiest of them.
When it looked like the tie is eventually going to be ended with the sides sharing the points, substitute Pedro scored a beautiful goal at the 72nd minute. The slick one-two play with Giroud, the meticulous feint, and the sublime finish make the Pedro goal special. Hazard doubled the Chelsea lead at the 85th minute.
Chelsea boss Sarri told Sky Sports: “This kind of match usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes. The match was very difficult against a very organized team. They defended very aggressively and the situation was not so easy.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “We had good opportunities. We knew today was probably going to be a counter-attack day and set plays, and it turned out that way. It was a good chance for Callum and Nathan’s one is a big moment in the game because you are trying to take the lead and make it difficult for Chelsea.”
Chelsea starting xi: Kepa, Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata
Used Subs: Pedro, Giroud, Loftus-Cheek
Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Cook, Rico, Gosling, Lerma, Fraser, King, Wilson
Used Subs: Mousset, Ibe, Cook
The first goal
Jorginho finds Alonso striding through midfield and the Spaniard passes to his compatriot Pedro who trades one-touch passes with Giroud before faking a shot to put Aké off balance and earning the space for a shot which beats Begović and opens the scoring. 1-0. #CFC pic.twitter.com/WP2uObVNZP
— Chelsea GIFs (@ChelseaGIFs) September 1, 2018
The second goal
Hazard picks up possession near the touchline and drives toward the box before dishing to Alonso and continuing his run and the return pass from the Spaniard is well-timed enough for Eden to take in stride and fire past Begović. Job done. 2-0. #CFC pic.twitter.com/zBss4TAYIr
— Chelsea GIFs (@ChelseaGIFs) September 1, 2018
Arsenal 3-2 Cardiff: Video Highlights, Review
Arsenal clinched a thriller at the Vicarage Road against Cardiff to snatch three points. Manager Emery Unai would be content with the grit shown in the victory and with the attacking display but poor defending at times will add cracks to his forehead.
The Gunners started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafa, Monreal; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Aubameyang, Ozil, Ramsey; Lacazette. The Cardiff starting 11 was: Etheridge, Camarasa, Manga, Morrison, Bennett, Hoilett, Arter, Ralls, Bamba, Reid, Ward.
Arsenal enjoyed 74% ball possession and played 635 passes, compared to 233 passes of Cardiff. Clearly, the Gunners saw more of the ball. Cardiff had 14 shots (3 being on target) and Arsenal had 17 shots with 11 being on target.
Arsenal defender Mustafi handed them an early lead at the 11th minute as his powerful header met Xhaka’s corner to find the net with perfection. However, his ‘Albanian Eagle’ celebration can cause punishment from the FA as it has a display of political symbolism.
Xhaka's corner finds Mustafi in the box, who gives Arsenal the lead with a powerful header. 1-0 pic.twitter.com/zb636r5uHV
— Terje (@TerjeGIFs) September 2, 2018
My favourite thing about that goal celebration for Mustafi's goal was Lacazette slapping him so hard it hurt… pic.twitter.com/x6L4c8r04P
— Robert Sutherland (@RoDuSu) September 2, 2018
2 minutes into the stoppage time after the regulation 45 minutes in the first half, Camarasa equalized for Cardiff to score Cardiff’s first PL home goal this season as he fired into the top of the net. Xhaka was mainly responsible to give away the ball that led to the attack to the goal against sloppy Arsenal. Joe Bennett’s calculated cross from the left was the feeder of the goal.
Victor Camarasa’s goal is Cardiff’s first goal all season, becoming the last team to finally score a goal in the 92-club English top-flight (PL, Championship, L1, L2) this season. #afcpic.twitter.com/gk5rkjPsGQ
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 2, 2018
Aubameyang restored Arsenal’s lead at the 62nd minute with a gorgeous humdinger from a Lacazette assist.
Aubameyang with a gorgeous strike to restore the lead for Arsenal. 2-1 pic.twitter.com/mEIbUaRgpT
— Terje (@TerjeGIFs) September 2, 2018
Cardiff leveled terms once again as striker Danny Ward scored at the 70th minute. As Sean Morrison headed the ball for Ward, the forward scored from a fantastic header to nod in off the net.
At the 81st minute, Lacazette put his name into the scoresheet with a thunderous strike to the top of the net as Torreira fed him.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 2, 2018
If your striker doesn't have good celebrations, your striker is not prepared to score. All praises due to Lacazette and obv his barber. pic.twitter.com/6GZ1lAK5nN
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) September 2, 2018
For Cardiff, Camarasa was the best player. Reid also stole the show. The Bluebirds fought valiantly as they did not allow the Gunners to dominate the space much.
Lacazette has now been directly involved in 10 goals (8 goals and 2 assists) in his last nine starts for the London club. Torreira was outstanding once again with 100% passing accuracy (26/26 passes), 33 touches, 3 tackles, 1 dribble, 1 interception, and 1 assist.
Liverpool 2-1 Leicester: Video Highlights and Review
Leicester City Starting 11: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Pereira, Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray, Ghezzal.
Liverpool Starting 11: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Virgil, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
For Liverpool, Shaqiri, Keita, and Matip came from the bench to play in the second half and for the Foxes, Iheanacho and Okazaki were the impact substitutions.
Liverpool deservingly came out victorious from their visit to King Power Stadium against Leicester City to place themselves at the top the table once again with 12 points from four Premier League games. It’s for the first time since 1990, Liverpool have won four out of four of the opening League games.
Liverpool got off to a breezy start. Within first 15 minutes, the Reds could have been three goals up. Salah missed an easy chance very early. After a barrage of attacks and slick play between the Liverpool front three, Liverpool managed to break the deadlock at the 10th minute, thanks to left-back Robertson and Mane. Robertson burst into a run like a raging bull to outpower Foxes’ right-back Ricardo and provide a beautiful cutback to Mane. Senegal International Mane found the back of the net with a meticulous finish.
Throughout the first half, Liverpool dominated the game. At the fag end of the first half, Firmino doubled the Liverpool lead from a brilliant header at the 45th minute, from a pinpoint Milner delivery from the corner. Leicester paid the price for no man-marking as the Brazilian virtually had none to mark him.
In the first half, Leicester paid the price for not playing a proper number nine. Without a striker in Vardy’s suspension, there was zero penetration in the Leicester attack. The second half was an entirely different story, as Henderson was poor against a pressing Leicester City and the Liverpool midfield was especially poor in the second half. Leicester did not do the same mistake as the first half as they brought in striker Iheanacho. At the 63rd minute, due to Liverpool number one Alisson Becker’s howler, Iheanacho won the ball and set it up for Ghezzal for the tap-in to score the Foxes’ goal. Following the goal, though the home side didn’t get any clear-cut chance to score, they kept Liverpool on their toes throughout. In the end, it was a hard fought win for Liverpool as the tie looked like a game of evens.
Joe Gomez was the man of the match. Both Van Dijk and Gomez was fantastic overall with 13 clearances, 4 interceptions and 100% aerial duel winnings.
Without playing full throttle football and without their high-intensity energy-sapping football, the Reds are churning out victories from even tough away fixtures like this. A potential Title winner? Yes.
Tottenham 3-0 Manchester United: Video Highlights, Match Review, Reactions, Lukaku Trolled
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed his first triumph at the Old Trafford for the first time after an array of defeats to Manchester United, without even scoring a goal. The 3-0 win over United meant three consecutive victories in the League for Spurs, whereas the Red Devils suffered back-to-back defeats.
The aftermath of this 0-3 thumping, getting handed two defeats in opening three League games for the first time in his career, saw United manager Jose Mourinho walking out of the Post-match Press Conference, shouting ‘respect, respect, respect!’ and even taking a dig at other managers. Mourinho said: “Three-nil. What this means? 3-0 but also means three Premier Leagues. And I won more alone than the other 19 managers together.”
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) August 27, 2018
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 27, 2018
? United fans sing Mourinho's name after his biggest EVER home defeat
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) August 27, 2018
Lucas Moura was brilliant for the Spurs. After a not-so-happening first half, Harry Kane struck the first blood at the 50th minute. After just 133 seconds, Moura scored at the 52nd minute. Moura put the London club three up at the 84th minute. Even though United enjoyed 57% ball possession and 23 shots, they were largely ineffective as they had only 5 shots on target and left to rue Romelu Lukaku missing a sitter. United basically played a 3-5-2, Spurs lined up in a 4-3-3, sometimes reverting to a diamond and 4-2-3-1.
Man of the Match Lucas Moura had 35 touches, 26 sprints and 2 goals in the match.
United Starting 11: De Gea, Valencia, Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Matic, Fred, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku.
Spurs Starting 11: Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Kane.
Last gameweek United lost because they played against 2 teams: Bright and Hove Albion.
And tonight also they lost because they played against 2 teams: Tottenham and Hotspurs.
It's a conspiracy against Man Utd.
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) August 27, 2018
Lemme just leave this here ?
The @SpursOfficial entire starting outfield ten cost:
— Presider (@iam_presider) August 27, 2018
Mourinho picks up a United shirt and scarf, puts it under his arm and applauds the Stretford End. Will back the manager until the very end. In Jose we trust. UNITED! #mufc[Sky] pic.twitter.com/K0hebtUfj4
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) August 27, 2018
Lucas Moura on the bus talking about Lindelof, Smalling and De gea after the game pic.twitter.com/7rtnwV1LX9
— Dawkins (@Musa_Tatari) August 27, 2018
United defense was particularly poor, especially Centre-Backs, Lindelof, Jones, and Smalling. Left-back Luke Shaw had a fantastic game, probably he was the best Red Devils player on the pitch. Pogba had an extremely poor game, a 4/10 performance. In United’s actual starting back three with Smalling and Jones, Herrera had a poor game. Pogba, Matic, and Fred- all three were poor in the central midfield. In the first half, Lingard was fantastic, working hard and pressing high. Lukaku and Lingard should have scored between themselves but they could not get United a result.
Kane brilliant header
Wonderful footage of Harry Kane’s brilliant header this evening for Tottenham Hotspur to set us on our way to a 3-0 win at Old Trafford against Man Utd.
Look at the scenes in the away end from those Spurs supporters.
— Last Word On Spurs? (@LastWordOnSpurs) August 27, 2018
Harry Kane finally scores at Old Trafford.
A brilliant header! pic.twitter.com/EDZ6jRPJIb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 27, 2018
— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) August 27, 2018
United striker Lukaku was mercilessly trolled
— Siraj Datoo (@dats) August 27, 2018
— Omar (@DrakesWriter1) August 27, 2018
Romelu Lukaku: “World class striker” pic.twitter.com/9WNz9RVXwI
— GLAZERS OUT?️? (@PV1350) August 27, 2018
— Taylor Quame (@TaylorQuame) August 28, 2018
The Video highlights of the match:
Liverpool 1-0 Brighton: Video Highlights, Review and Reactions
Liverpool have climbed to the zenith of the English Premier League table after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. The Reds snatched the full three points at the Anfield stadium as they made a hat-trick of triumphs. Mohamed Salah, the beloved Egyptian King of Liverpool scored a brilliant goal at the 23rd minute, displaying sublime first touch and finish from a Roberto Firmino assist. With this goal, Salah has now scored 29 goals in the last 29 games at Anfield and has taken his tally of direct involvement in goal to 44 (33 goals and 11 assists) since last season.
Liverpool Starting 11 was: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Robertson. Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino. Later in the second half, Jordon Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, and Joel Matip were brought to the middle and they were decent too, along with the starting 11.
The reaction from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, after Salah scored the opener
Klopp haha pic.twitter.com/UU3tIj2Xs3
— molfc (@Molfc__) August 25, 2018
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was once again outstanding between the woods, with a match-winning save at the late 80+ minutes of the game, being the highlight
The game saw Liverpool grinding out a scrappy win but nobody can win by big margin each and every game. So, churning out three points in not-so-good games is a mandate if League triumph is to be achieved. The game was a tale of two halves. In the first half, after setting the paddle in, Liverpool displayed scintillating football adorned with waves after waves of attack. The Reds should have been three up by the half-time. The second half was probably the worst half by Klopp’s Liverpool as the Reds looked disorganized and were not going for penetrative attacking. The defensive resilience and the excellence of Alisson were instrumental in Liverpool getting the three points as the Kopites survived second-half resurgence of Brighton.
Alisson Becker’s daughter watching her first game at Anfield ?? pic.twitter.com/Rd3zB9oyUC
— ً (@bubbIxs) August 25, 2018
You can't do that Alisson, these guys have families. ? pic.twitter.com/SluINM75ca
— Utkarsh Joshi (@UtkarshJos) August 25, 2018
The brilliance of Alisson resulted in Liverpool is the only team yet to concede a Premier League goal. The way Milner won the ball in the buildup of Salah’s goal, was a major highlight of the game. The mojo of Salah, Mane, Firmino and their silky link-up play were eye-catching but midfielder Wijnaldum (completed 75 of his 76 passes) and left-back Robertson (was delivering lethal deliveries to our front three), were absolutely world-class, equally instrumental in the victory.
Right back Alexander Arnold’s stats:
69 passes, 81% pass accuracy, 2 key passes, 1 dribble won, 4 tackles won, 1 interception, 2 clearances, and 1 aerial won.
Joe Gomez's game by numbers vs. Brighton:
88.5% pass accuracy
7 aerial duels won
0 fouls conceded
0 goals conceded
Making a statement. ? pic.twitter.com/wLCuWruMXB
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 25, 2018
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 25, 2018
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham: Video Highlights, Review, Reactions
After facing back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has tasted victory for his new club Arsenal as the Gunners beat West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates. The Hammers faced three successive defeats this season on the trot at the London Derby as they could not manage to hold on to the lead Marko Arnautovic furnished them at the 25th minute.
Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal leveled terms at the 30th minute. At the 70th minute, Hammers’ player Diop put the ball into their own net after Alexandre Lacazette fired the ball into Ham box in a bid to find Aubameyang. At the 92nd minute, striker Danny Welbeck chipped in with an injury-time late goal. The Gunners came from behind to stamp an authoritative Three-One victory to register their first Premier League triumph this season.
Arsenal attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil was left out of the team as he had a fallout with the manager reportedly.
Arsenal Starting Line-up: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Leno, Holding, Elneny, Torreira, Welbeck, Lacazette.
West Ham Starting Line-up: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez, Wilshere, Antonio, Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic.
Moment of the match:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 25, 2018
Arsenal first goal:
— JohnBappe (@JohnBappe) August 25, 2018
Rightback Bellerin surged forward on the overlap and slid the ball and Monreal made no mistake sliding the ball home.
Arsenal second goal:
2-1 Arsenal pic.twitter.com/9V0ZP7ufvN
— JohnBappe (@JohnBappe) August 25, 2018
Arsenal third goal: Substitute Welbeck scored within 10 minutes.
Welbeck seals the win for Arsenal against West Ham. 3-1 pic.twitter.com/WYKOpjqCTr
— Terje (@TerjeGIFs) August 25, 2018
As Arsenal managed their first victory under new manager Emery in the third attempt, the social media was quick to see the funny side.
Congratulations, Arsenal! ? pic.twitter.com/QIjFiLJFuS
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 25, 2018
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) August 25, 2018
With this match, Arsenal’s last 21 games against West Ham in the Premier League:
(Courtesy: Squawka Stats)
Goalscorer Monreal had a stunning game as Arsenal fans hailed him as the best left back and best center back for Arsenal. Iwobi was not good enough in his 100th appearance for the Gunners. Bellerin was very good offensively. Lucas Torreira was outstanding as with his incoming, Xhaka, Bellerin, Ramsey and Arsenal defenders looked much better. It will not be a hyperbole to say that Torreira and Lacazette changed the complexion of the game. Arsenal enjoyed a decent second half as Torreira-Xhaka midfield worked wonders and Ramsey improved too. Aubameyang was poor today.
Guendouzi’s reaction to Aubameyang’s first half miss. pic.twitter.com/8RIkuWVWdh
— ArsenalGIF (@ArsenalGIF) August 18, 2018
Manchester City 1-1 Wolves: Video Highlights, Ratings and Review
Defending champions Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at Molineux against a spirited Wolverhampton as the sides shared a point. Despite the 72% ball possession the Citizens enjoyed, or their 6 on target goal attempts compared to 2 of Wolves, the match probably resulted in a fair result as the Pep Guardiola side was a bit off color today.
Wolves’ Boly gave them a lead at the 57th minute as his header undid Ederson. Since the ball touched Boly’s arm too, the post-match controversy took place but during the game, neither City players, nor the referee spotted it. Laporte equalized at the 68th minute as Gundogan’s pinpoint delivery met his fantastic header. However, the City goal was scored from an apparent Sterling dive.
Wolves: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Jota, Jimenez, Costa.
Substitutes: Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Saiss, Vinagre, Hause, Bonatini, Traore.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero.
Substitutes: John Stones, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, Mahrez, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Muric.
Funny Moment of the match:
— Will Kitchen (@w11eum) August 25, 2018
The controversial Wolves goal
— MCFC GIF (@mcfcgif) August 25, 2018
The Laporte equalizer
Lapoooooooooooooooooooooorte 1-1 pic.twitter.com/yPZK3Sk4cN
— MCFC GIF (@mcfcgif) August 25, 2018
How City stars fared:
Ederson: The goalkeeper was fantastic once again between the sticks and saved Costa’s attempts, was not much at fault for the Wolves goal.
Kompany: Made his 250th appearance in the Premier League today as the first Belgian but he was poor, making rash and untimely challenges.
Laporte: His bullet header earned City the draw. Was solid defensively, as well as operating as an attacking outlet. Maintained his no-defeat record at City.
Mendy: His foul throw generated a lot of laughter. The full-back never looked interested in defending, as he was interested in attacking only. Mendy provided width and depth in the attack on the left.
Fernandinho: Made many mistakes, was below average today. Only glaring chink in the midfield armor of City. Wolves’ Ruben Neves outclassed Fernandinho through and through.
Gundogan: Above average. But his cross to Laporte was class.
Bernardo Silva: The best City midfielder in the first half, controlled the tempo well.
David Silva: Was brought down but probably not good enough for the penalty. Below par as per his own standard.
Sterling: Looked sharp. Forced Patricio to make a brilliant save.
Aguero: FPL merchants were disappointed too as the striker wasn’t impressive, hit the woodwork twice.
“Fans Deserve To Know The Truth”: Liverpool Star Adamant
Manager Jurgen Klopp infused an attractive, high octane firebrand football since taking over Liverpool. However, his attacking and high pressing football philosophy became postpubescent since last season with the lethal front three consisting of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane.
The front three enjoys deep friendship amongst themselves and the brotherhood is not only evident from their on-field link ups, but also from the way the trio broke out into the impromptu jigs and celebrations after scoring.
It’s a common perception though, that Bobby Firmino, the colorful Latin American is the creator of the special celebrations and Mane, the soft-spoken one, copies the celebrations, be it the flying kung-fu kicks or the double pistol celebration.
But, now in an interview with Copa90, the Senegalese winger has decided to dispel the myth. According to him: “The fans deserve to know the truth. Firmino copies me, not me copying him.” He also added: “The kick was me. We try it in training. He scored and I was behind him and he did it.”
Mane also claims that the “dance with Philippe and Bobby was mine too.”
Sizzling Sadio also has revealed who the funniest persons are in the Liverpool players’ Whatsapp Group. The 26-year-old reveals that left-back Andy Robertson is funny but James Milner is probably the funniest as the veteran is the one who sends ‘funny videos and images’. On Milner, the winger added: “Honestly, he’s so, so funny, sometimes.”
The scintillating trio of Salah-Mane-Firmino seems to have started this season exactly from where they left the last season off. Buoyed by world-class additions in the team in Brazil number 1 Alisson Becker, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool are strong favorites for the English Premier League along with Manchester City. The Merseysiders have started the season brightly with two successive resounding victories over West Ham and Crystal Palace. The brilliance of the front three is making fans dream about Uefa Champions League too, after last season’s heartbreak in the Final in Kiev.
Arguably, in this season’s two matches so far, Mane has been the best player for Liverpool.
Enjoy Mo Salah and Sadio Mane putting in this sprint in the 92th minute of the game yes 92th insane. pic.twitter.com/ROiPOS32sf
— EGYFOOT (@EGY_foot12) August 21, 2018
Mane has been involved in 19 goals in his last 18 matches for Liverpool (14 goals, 5 assists) in all competitions.
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