By Shazwan Zulkiffli
What’s a weekend without some English Premier League drama, banter, and goals to fill it in with as coins flipped in favor for the other side of the top four that saw Liverpool go top.
Liverpool was victorious this weekend over Watford with a whopping 6-1 win at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp unleashed the deadly trio, Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino to demolish Watford to go top of the table for the first time since the famous Brendan Rodgers-Luis Suarez era. John W Henry will be ecstatic to see that the appointment of Jurgen Klopp has finally saw fruition.
To Liverpool’s luck, league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal slipped as both teams drew against respective opponents. Pep Guardiola’s inconsistent form continues as Aguero-led Manchester City drew against Middlesbrough with the team’s third straight home draw after a powerful display against Spanish giants Barcelona midweek. The Citizens failed to regain that form and now linger at third place above Arsenal.
Arsenal’s fixture was a tough one, having to go against Tottenham Hotspurs on the famous North London derby without the talismanic Santi Cazorla is proof that they need more than just the signing of Granit Xhaka to tighten the gap. Mesut Ozil however assisted yet again, but this time to Wimmer as he scored an own goal to give Gunners the lead before Koscielny gave Spurs a penalty and the score was leveled thanks to a goal by Harry Kane. Arsenal had too many chances by the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez but failed to finish in front of goal.
Chelsea ran rampant against Everton at the Bridge where fans saw Eden Hazard came back to life with a brace to put Chelsea on top of Manchester City and Arsenal. The 5-0 victory included a goal from new boy Marcos Alonso who played fairly well for the Blues. Antonio Conte’s men played in a different formation of late, with Victor Moses filling in Branislav Ivanovic’s boot and doing a fine job at it.
Manchester United grabbed a win at Welsh’s Swansea City with United’s golden boy Paul Pogba’s opener. Zlatan Ibrahimovic then finished off the job with a brace that gave a lot of United fans some breathing space after a series of mediocre displays. Zlatan also scored the English Premier League’s 25,000th goal, who he claimed that he thought he was the one who scored all 25,000 goals by himself.
On the transfer mill, Chelsea looks set to bulk up their midfield by their intention to acquire Javier Pastore from PSG. With Antonio Conte leaving Cesc Fabregas on the sidelines and vultures from AC Milan already making their circles, Chelsea needs another defender to tighten the knot in their team. Out-of-favor United winger Memphis Depay are being scouted by clubs including the likes of Marseille and AS Roma. Depay, who was dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo, failed to make an impression and with the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford being favored more, Depay would most likely walk down the exit door in search of first-team football.
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