Premier League hotlist: Game week one

Premier League hotlist: Game week one

14 Aug 2017, 09:00

The Premier League is back! A few decent performances, shocking results and predictable starts to the season were the order of the days as teams fought for the three points.

Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? Here’s a look at the man-of-the-match performances.

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3 - Alexandre Lacazette

Have Arsenal found the fox in the box they've been searching for?

Strong, quick and very nimble on the ball, the striker was a handful on his debut as the Gunners didn't seem to miss the hustle and bustle of Alexis Sanchez.

Lacazette took his goal like a natural born goalscorer, too.

Watford 3 Liverpool 3 - Mohamed Salah

Liverpool needed to turn things around drastically at half-time and the player that did that for them in the second half was Salah.

With no Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool were looking to Salah to be this inspiration, and his creative spark, his pace and his movement off the ball was absolutely superb.

He got his goal and his second-half performance, including winning the penalty, was outstanding.

Chelsea 2 Burnley 3 - Sam Vokes

It was a close battle between the Welshman and his team-mate James Tarkowski, but Vokes' two goals showed what a danger he can be inside the box.

His first, a flick as the ball came in slightly behind him, showed great improvisation, and though his second was bread and butter for any striker, his all-round work rate was superb.

He won 12 aerial duels as David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger were treated to a rough afternoon, and also won three fouls for Burnley having held the ball up well.

Everton 1 Stoke City 0 - Wayne Rooney

It was not just the goal that sees Rooney take the plaudits from the match, he looked to be back to the player of years gone by.

He was everywhere on the field, playing some brilliant passes for his team-mates and also put a shift in at the back. Of course, his goal will stand out but his overall contribution cannot be overlooked.

Brighton 0 Manchester United 2 - Kyle Walker

The new City full-back marked his competitive debut with a sharp attacking performance.

He will get tougher tests defensively but made the most of City's dominance to storm forward at every opportunity, creating the game's opening chance for Sergio Aguero.

Full-back is a position Pep Guardiola attaches particular importance to and it was just the kind of performance from Walker that City often lacked last season.

Manchester United 4 West Ham 0 - Nemanja Matic

The midfielder won possession more times than any of his team-mates (11), played more passes (69), had more touches (89) and covered more ground (11.41km).

As if that wasn't enough, he also got the crowd out of their seats when he embarked on a mazy run down the right wing that saw him jink past several West Ham players.

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