What an absolutely ridiculous day in the Premier League.
A record 35 goals were scored across eight matches. We had upsets, red cards and plenty of memorable creativity to enjoy.
I've thrown together the top five plays of the day. It's a real mixed bag this week, including screamers from outside the box, subtle chips and moments of individual brilliance.
Location: Carrow Road, Norwich
Edin Dzeko is more than a super sub. The Bosnian forward continues to fight hard against his new media tag and proved he was worthy of a starting birth against Chris Hughton's Norwich side.
The game wasn't even two minutes old when Manchester City cut through the Canaries' defence. An accurate pass from Sergio Aguero found David Silva on the left, who proceeded to eliminate two Norwich defenders with one superbly executed touch. Dzeko was on hand to neatly slot home and get City on their way.
Result: Norwich City 3-4 Manchester City
Location: Carrow Road, Norwich
Samir Nasri's sending-off left City with plenty of work to do in the second half. Despite City leading, Norwich's battling spirit meant this match was never put beyond their reach.
Roberto Mancini needed attacking efficiency to grab three points. Although we've already touched upon the effectiveness of Dzeko, it was Sergio Aguero who motored the champions towards a win.
Early in the second half, Yaya Toure's pinpoint through ball landed just beyond the shoulder of Sebastian Bassong. Aguero—who looked extremely sharp throughout—shimmied past the defender and dinked the ball over Mark Bunn. An important finish at this point in the game.
Location: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Peter Crouch is often said to have a "good touch for a big man." If recent weeks are anything to go by, Kenwyne Jones also defies the assumption that size shouldn't produce finesse.
His goal against Southampton should be admired. Ryan Shotton did brilliantly to skip away from Luke Shaw on the right flank—but still had plenty to do when delivering the cross. Jones headed into the area with purpose.
The towering striker latched onto Shotton's low ball with a deft flick that skipped through the legs of Jos Hooiveld and into the back of net. He did this while under extreme pressure, cleverly using his body weight to make sure the situation resulted in his favour.
Result: Stoke City 3-3 Southampton
Location: Brittania Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Now for a completely different goal. While Jones wowed with his intricate skill, Cameron Jerome rescued a point for Stoke with an absolutely thumping strike into Davis' net from outside the box.
Southampton failed to deal with a fairly innocuous long ball up the pitch. A couple of poor touches saw possession eventually fall to Jerome—who walloped a goal-of-the-season contender off the bar and into the net. Explosive stuff.
Location: Emirates Stadium, North London
The individual performance of the day came in the late kick-off at the Emirates. Theo Walcott put in a majestic shift that saw him score three goals and set up two more.
The Englishman's first two goals were excellent finishes that could have easily made this list. His assist for Olivier Giroud's header was also a worthy contender.
However, a moment of true brilliance capped off a memorable performance for the contract rebel. Walcott cut inside the area from the left, skipped past two Newcastle defenders and went down from a Gabriel Obertan challenge. The 23-year-old quickly got back to his feet and chipped past Tim Krul to add a stunning seventh. Wenger looked jovial on the sideline—even when his zipped jacket decided to break.
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