The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa
Thomas Partey scored his first goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat Aston Villa 3-1 to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six matches on Friday. Partey’s first half header broke the Ghana midfielder’s goal drought in his 40th appearance in all competitions since his move from Atletico Madrid 12 months ago. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged Arsenal’s second goal when he converted the rebound after his penalty was saved. Emile Smith Rowe put the result beyond doubt early in the second half as Arsenal climbed to ninth place in the Premier League. After losing their first three league games, Arsenal have gradually recovered their equilibrium.
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Chelsea 7-0 Norwich City
Chelsea thrashed Norwich City by seven goals to nil in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s boys didn’t take long to make their mark on the game with early goals coming from Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, leaving Chelsea 3-0 up by half-time. The second half saw a goal from Ben Chilwell, an own goal from Max Aarons and a penalty from Mason Mount, taking Chelsea four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table. Mason Mount got his hat trick in the 90th minute after a break down the right flank from Loftus-Cheek.
Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool
Manchester United’s embarrassing 5-0 hammering at home by longtime rivals Liverpool has left manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under intense scrutiny about his future. A hat-trick by Mohamed Salah, combined with the two goals by Naby Keita and Diogo Jota, resulted in a historic humiliation for the Red Devils, who are now sitting in seventh place and already eight points off the race for the title after just nine games. Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy as United boss but has been credited with finishing in the Premier League top four in consecutive seasons for the first time since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle
Leeds United 1-1 Wolves
Everton 2-5 Watford
Southampton 2-2 Burnley
Brighton 1-4 Manchester City
West Ham 1-0 Tottenham
Brentford 1-2 Leicester City