With 27 goals scored across eight matches and an average of just under 3.5 goals netted per game, Saturday’s Premier League action got this weekend off to an entertaining start.
With some of the division’s big guns stumbling and other minnows surprising, the most effective changes to the league’s composition came at the top of the table, where Liverpool’s title challenge took a hit.
|Newcastle United vs. Liverpool||2-2|
|Arsenal vs. Norwich City||4-1|
|Chelsea vs. Cardiff City||4-1|
|Everton vs. Hull City||2-1|
|Manchester United vs. Southampton||1-1|
|Stoke City vs. West Brom||0-0|
|Swansea City vs. Sunderland||4-0|
|West Ham vs. Manchester City||1-3|
However, for every five-goal thriller somewhere, there’s a 0-0 stalemate at Stoke City to even out the excitement scales.
That being said, Saturday still provided a heaped helping of memorable Premier League results and goals, the most vital of which are recorded ahead.
Manchester United 1-1 Southampton
Where will Manchester United finish this season?
David Moyes’ transitional period of settling in at Old Trafford took another bumpy turn, as the Manchester United boss fell victim to a late Southampton equaliser.
Dejan Lovren was once again the man who rescued the point for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after enacting a similar (but even more fruitful) smash and grab at Anfield just a few weeks ago.
For the Saints, the away draw is a massively encouraging result, showing that they perhaps are capable of party crashing the European places. For United, it was a miserable outing that means the club have taken just 10 points from their first eight games, level on points with midtable Hull City and Newcastle United.
Jack Wilshere Hits a Blast from the Past
For some time now, Arsenal, not unlike the England team, have been haunted by the past and living up to the great Invincibles team of the early 2000s.
In that time, the club have never lost their passing identity, but Saturday saw Jack Wilshere hit an October contender for Goal of the Season that drew up memories of the Gunners of old.
A move that included three players, a couple of back-heel flicks and a sumptuous through ball from Olivier Giroud, Wilshere’s latest addition to his hot scoring streak will have left many a suffering Gunners fan salivating for more.
Swansea City 4-0 Sunderland
There aren’t many worse ways to start a managerial reign than with a 4-0 away defeat, but thus is the way in which Gus Poyet’s journey at the Stadium of Light unfortunately got off the mark.
The Uruguayan took charge of his first Black Cats game at the Liberty Stadium and was beaten by a side showing all the attributes Sunderland wish they had right now: cohesion, team understanding and a clear, common goal (or four).
For the Swans, it was a vital three points that lifts the club above midtable, but Poyet will most certainly have notes to take from just where his side require addressing first.
Steven Gerrard Grabs a Premier League Century
A one-club man if ever there was one, Steven Gerrard celebrated his 100th Premier League goal in the 2-2 draw at Newcastle United.
The results may not have been what was desired by a club many are supposing might challenge for league honours this season, but the Reds captain was nonetheless handed a reason to be more joyful.
As shown by Liverpool's official Twitter account, however, in true captain style, the Kop legend stated he would have traded the accolade for two more club points: