6 things we learned from an absorbing weekend of Premier League action

6 things we learned from an absorbing weekend of Premier League action

18 Sep 2017, 20:30

Another weekend and even more talking points from an interesting round of Premier League matches.

The most heavily billed match proved to be a borefest, with Arsenal holding Chelsea to a goalless draw, while title favourites Manchester United and Manchester City both helped themselves to goals aplenty.

1. Aguero is a PL legend

Aguero gave Watford an absolute hiding on Saturday in Manchester City's 6-0 win over the Hornets, showcasing why he is still rated by many as the best striker in the Premier League.

The Argentine looks fearsome playing alongside Gabriel Jesus and with players like Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva supplying him with quality chances, he looks back to his best.

The former Atletico Madrid forward looks set to hit 20 Premier League goals again this season,  barring any injuries or a dramatic downturn in form, which would be the fifth time he has reached that figure in a single campaign.

2. Everton won’t challenge the top 4 this season

A lot of investment went into Everton during the summer, bringing in players who looked on paper as though they could help the Toffees challenge at the top of the Premier League.

However, after a gruesome start, Ronald Koeman's side look way short of the quality required to mount a sustained bid for a top four position come the end of the season.

While Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson will likely prove to be good buys in the long term, Everton's other purchases look suspect and Koeman needs a win soon after heavy defeats to Tottenham, Atalanta and most recently Manchester United.

3. Lukaku will win the golden boot

The Belgian was nowhere near his best against Everton, struggling for large periods in a game  lacking in quality, but still ended Sunday afternoon with a goal and an assist.

That makes it five strikes in five Premier League appearances for Lukaku, who would have won the Golden Boot last season if it wasn't for an inexplicable seven goals in two games from Tottenham's Harry Kane.

Lukaku is currently joint-top with City's Aguero in the goal standings but expect him to be above the rest of the field come May, should he continue his fine form in front of goal.

4. Wenger still knows something about tactics

Most Premier League fans expected Arsenal to show up at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, roll over and have their tummies tickled by Chelsea, who have frequently smashed the Gunners in the past.

However, Arsene Wenger's side put in a solid performance and were arguably the better team, nearly breaking the deadlock as Aaron Ramsey hit the post before Alexandre Lacazette blazed over on the rebound.

Wenger has been called a dinosaur in regards to tactics in the past but the 67-year-old got his game plan spot on at the weekend as Arsenal left Fulham with a well earned point.

5. The Wembley curse may be real

After seeing their side put in a magnificent performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek, most Tottenham fans expected Spurs to ease past Swansea on Saturday.

Instead, the visitors came well prepared, managing to stifle Mauricio Pochettino's team of most of their creativity, while Lukas Fabianski also had a blinder in goal as the Swans secured a goalless draw.

It is the third game at Wembley in the Premier League that Tottenham have failed to win this season, previously losing to Chelsea and drawing with Burnley, and they won't get a chance to put that record right until the match against Bournemouth in October.

6. The title will go to Manchester

The two Manchester teams are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, with identical records and only being separated alphabetically.

In Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero, both sides have strikers capable of firing them to the title, while Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola seem to have corrected the defensive inefficiencies that were holding back their clubs last year.

It may be underwhelming to hear this so early in the season, and hopefully the campaign will be a lot more competitive than it's currently shaping up to be, but the title looks set to go to either United or City.

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