Arsenal get a scare but hold on for full points
Arsenal showed both sides of its game – the good and the ugly – to its fans who must be relieved with the three points. A 3-2 win over Swansea was as close as the score suggests, including a direct red card for Granit Xhaka. The win helped Arsenal stay in touch with City at the top of the table while for Swansea and new manager Bob Bradley it’s another game of lost opportunities.
Tottenham leave it late to snatch a draw
For most part of the game at the Hawthorns, it looked like West Brom will pick up full points against Tottenham. But a late Dele Alli strike was enough for Mauricio Pochettino men to split points in a 1-1 draw. Of more concern for Spurs is the injury to their star defender Toby Alderweireld.
Stoke pick their first win
In a game between two strugglers, Stoke City overcame Sunderland 2-0 to pick their first win of the season. David Moyes is still looking for his first with Sunderland but this win will ease the pressure on Mark Hughes – for now at least.
Bournemouth ran riot with six goals as an inspired Junior Stanislas led them to a 6-1 win over Hull City. Eddie Howe will be impressed with how his young side is raising the tempo while for Hull, it’s a slide down the table that’s of greater worry.
Everton did the unthinkable…almost!
Maarten Stekelenburg proved a wall between the sticks for Everton saving two penalty strokes but City rode its luck yet again to grab a point in a 1-1 draw. Romelu Lukaku fired his side ahead and the result looked going Ronald Koeman’s way until Nolito saved the blushes for Pep Guardiola. It was a reminder for Guardiola of the difficult days that lie ahead for City.
Watford and Southampton pick up full points
Watford rode on a cracking strike by Jose Holebas to edge out Middlesbrough 1-0. It was a feisty encounter but the visitors were deserved winners. Southampton rounded off the weekend action by cruising to a 3-1 win over Burnley.