Ranking EPL Top Scorers Week 3: Edin Dzeko Flies Clear, Plus Goal of the Week
Welcome to week three of the Premier League top scorers slideshow.
Last week we had no less than seven players tied on two goals apiece, while Gareth Barry won the much-coveted B/R Goal of the Week award!
This weekend's Premiership action saw two hattricks scored, so we are guaranteed a change at the top.
Read on to see the early runners for the Golden Boot for the 2011-12 season—and the Goal of the Week award on the final slide.
Tied on Two Goals: Seven Players
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While last week we had seven players on two goals sharing first place, this week two strikes is merely sufficient for a joint-fifth placing.
Franco di Santo netted two spectacular—if deflected—efforts against QPR to win the game for Wigan Athletic, while Manchester United's new-boy Ashley Young scored two curled efforts in their 8-2 destroying of Arsenal.
The third brace of the weekend came at St. James Park where Leon Best netted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win over Fulham; meanwhile Danny Welbeck scored his second of the season at Old Trafford.
Luis Suarez, David Silva and Shane Long failed to find the net at the weekend in their respective matches so also all remain on two goals.
Joint Third: Ivan Klasnic and Sergio 'Kun' Aguero
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Ivan Klasnic netted a last-minute consolation at Anfield after his Bolton side were turned over 3-1, keeping up his goal-a-game ratio at the beginning of the season. Klasnic scored with a smart left-footed finish after the ball broke to him in the Liverpool penalty box following a mistake and subsequent recovering tackle from Reds defender Jamie Carragher.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero added a third for himself in three Manchester City games after he skinned Michael Dawson and crashed a fierce left-footed effort beyond Brad Friedel during the 5-1 win over Spurs. Aguero's impressive start to the season has seen him keep Carlos Tevez on the bench and Roberto Mancini alter his tactics to pair two forwards together.
Second Place: Wayne Rooney
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One of two players to walk home with the match-ball in hand, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scored a hattrick against Arsenal in an 8-2 drubbing of the London side.
Rooney's goals were all spectacularly taken dead-balls, with no goals coming from open play.
The former Everton front-man made the scoreline 3-0 when he curled a first free-kick past Szczesny in the Arsenal goal, before wrong-footing the Pole for a second free-kick after little more than an hour for United's fourth.
Rooney added a late penalty to complete his hattrick and make it five goals in just three games.
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko
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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko hit a remarkable four goals against Tottenham at White Hart Lane as he helped his team to a 5-1 romp.
Showing an impressive variation in the types of strikes is capable of getting, Bosnian forward Dzeko opened the scoring with a close range stab after a cross from the left, before heading a second goal before the break with a great header back across goal as he fell backwards.
Into the second half Dzeko got himself into a great position again to net another tap-in, before saving the best for last and curling in a delicious left-footed effort in stoppage time from the edge of the box.
Dzeko now has 6 goals in just three matches and has started the season in irrepressible form.
Goal of the Week: Jose Bosingwa
Saturday and Sunday's games offered us a real range of spectacular goals this time around as the Premier League really clicked into gear.
Manchester United almost had a goal of the week competition on their own after spectacular goals from Ashley Young, a great pair of free kicks from Wayne Rooney and an impudent chip by Nani, while di Santo (with a little help) scored a terrific brace for Wigan.
Leon Best showed great control and skill for his second goal for Newcastle and Edin Dzeko netted a great strike from the edge of the box for his fourth and final goal against Spurs.
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Grant Holt of Norwich also scored impressive strikes—but Chelsea's right back Jose Bosingwa is the man who takes home the award this time around for Goal of the Week after his cannon-ball effort against the Canaries at Stamford Bridge.