Young Frenchman William Saliba has continued his fine form for Arsenal, bagging a top-corner worldie to mark his first goal for the club in its 3-0 thrashing of Bournemouth.
The promising centre-half has finally established himself as a starter in this firing Arsenal team, two seasons after he was brought to the club. It’s clear that Arteta’s vision for the 21-year-old has paid off, with loans to St Etienne and Olympique Marseille proving invaluable to his development.
“What he is doing at 21 years old is rare. He remains really humble. He wants to learn, he wants to train every day and he is really demanding of himself and he is giving a lot to the team,” Arteta said.
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The reactions to his stunning strike said it all.
Oleksandr Zinchenko fell to his knees, hands on head in disbelief.
“Oh my gosh, this guy is incredible, honestly he’s unbelievable!” Zinchenko said. “It looks like he has unbelievable experience behind him and he’s incredible. Honestly. I wish him to keep going and then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
Kane breaks record
England and Tottenham main man, Harry Kane, has broken the record for most goals scored for a single club in the Premier League, reaching 185 goals.
Moving past the likes of Sergio Aguero and Thierry Henry, Kane has well and truly solidified his spot in the history books.
The goal was an important one too, in a match against a Wolves side that looked on. Perfectly positioned at the back post, the fox in the box snatched the winner in the 64th minute, slotting home past a hapless José Sá.
The firing frontman is now only 16 goals behind Tottenham’s club-record scorer, Jimmy Greaves.
City’s close call
Title contenders Manchester City have been left stunned by an inspired Newcastle United performance at St James’ Park in a six-goal thriller.
Newcastle United fans will have been rubbing their eyes while watching their side dismantle a Manchester City team that is all so used to doing the dismantling.
Showing no signs of fear, Newcastle oftentimes suffocated the City defence with their attacking grit and movement.
Saint-Maximin and Almiron were the two standout performers, demonstrating their electric ability on the wings, forcing the defence into submission and putting Cancelo and Walker to the sword.
Pressure eventually paid off through Almiron and Wilson’s two quick-fire goals, followed by a jaw dropping Kieran Tripper free-kick.
The St James’ Park festivities, however, did not last long, with City clawing back to 3-3 in typical fashion.
While Pep Guardiola will be praising Eddie Howe’s tactics and tenacity, he’ll also be extremely disappointed at the fact his side was left so exposed and vulnerable, once again saved by the immense quality of his squad.
Newcastle will be looking to Howe with starry eyes at the thought of a revolution after many tough seasons – a fanbase craving for similar success to the era of Shearer.
Chelsea demolished by Leeds
From surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth, to smashing Chelsea 3-0 at home. How strange and wonderful football can be.
The Jesse Marsch haters will surely be rethinking their stance on the American manager, who has revitalised a side that looked destined to fall back down to the Championship.
Chelsea, on the other hand, looked out of sorts, incoherent and frail – both in defence and attack.
Any chances that fell to the frontmen were rushed and scuffed, and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s instructions must not have reached the ears of his defenders because they looked like they had no idea who to mark or where to stand.
Leeds also capitalised on the second goalkeeper howler of this season, this time from Edouard Mendy who got it wrong attempting to dribble past Brenden Aaronson. Aaronson won’t score an easier goal this campaign.
To make matters even worse, Koulibaly, in a moment of madness, dragged Gelhardt down while already on a yellow card. After scoring a London derby goal worthy of a centre-forward last week, this needless red taints his otherwise fantastic start for the Blues. From hero to howler.
But it’s not to take anything away from Leeds. On the contrary, everything Leeds touched against Chelsea turned into gold, and that’s credit to this new-found spirit and belief within the club.
It may be too soon to judge Marsch yet, but the signs are promising.
For Chelsea, a 3-0 battering away from home may be the wake-up call they needed to start seriously addressing their areas of weakness.
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