EPL Table: 2015 Week 8 Top Scorers After Sunday's Premier League Scores

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 4, 2015

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, top, reacts after a missed opportunity during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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The Premier League's reputation as the most entertaining in the world was done a service in Week 8, with Arsenal's shock 3-0 victory over Manchester United falling just a day after Sergio Aguero put five past Newcastle United.

The Manchester City striker's chances of defending his Golden Boot award were revived as Manuel Pellegrini's league leaders raged past the Magpies with a 6-1 victory on Saturday.

But Chelsea are still searching for their shooting boots and were deservedly beaten 3-1 at home to Southampton, with Graziano Pelle scoring to bring his 2015-16 goal tally up to five.

Read on for a recap of Week 8's results, latest Premier League standings and discussion of the top scorers list, with the Citizens happy to see their scoring ace back among the goals.

2015-16 Premier League: Week 8 Results
Crystal Palace2-0West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa0-1Stoke City
Manchester City6-1Newcastle
Norwich City1-2Leicester City
Sunderland2-2West Ham United
Arsenal3-0Manchester United
Swansea City2-2Tottenham Hotspur
2015-16 Premier League Standings
1Manchester City8602197+1218
3Manchester United8512128+416
4Crystal Palace8503117+415
6West Ham84221711+614
17West Bromwich Albion8224611-58
18Aston Villa8116813-54
20Newcastle United8035617-113
2015-16 Premier League Top Scorers
1Jamie VardyLeicester City7
2Sergio AgueroManchester City6
3Riyad MahrezLeicester City5
4Graziano PelleSouthampton5
5Odion IghaloWatford5
6Romelu LukakuEverton5
7Callum WilsonBournemouth5
8Alexis SanchezArsenal5
9Dimitri PayetWest Ham United4
10Bafetimbi GomisSwansea City4

Sergio Aguero Tight on Jamie Vardy's Heels

Manchester City have been largely indomitable on their way to reclaiming top spot in the Premier League, but Leicester City still sit as one of the biggest surprise packages this season following their rise to fifth.

Claudio Ranieri has sculpted his squad to become potential contenders for a higher calling, and the mercurial Jamie Vardy has been a consistent source of goals up top for the Foxes and still leads the Premier League scorers list.

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The England international has seven to his name this term and converted from the penalty spot at Carrow Road on Saturday to lead Leicester to a 2-1 win over Norwich City.

While Aguero is back in the hunt thanks to a piece of flash-in-the-pan excellence against Newcastle, OptaJoe paints Vardy as quite the opposite so far this season:

And while it would have been folly to rule a player of Aguero's quality out this early on, the Argentinian is once again being viewed as a more serous Golden Boot contender following Saturday's exploits.

If the five-goal achievement itself wasn't impressive enough, the fact Aguero etched his name into the Premier League history books as a result of his 20-minute feat certainly is:

Just to rub further salt in the wounds of the Newcastle defence, Aguero went on to admit he came into Saturday's game with an existing hamstring injury, he told Sky Sports:

I had a problem with my hamstring in the last game in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach, but now I am feeling good. I've just realised here in the dressing room that I equalled this record, but the most important thing is that we won this game and got the three points.

I am very happy. I am very happy with my goals but for me the three points is more important than the goals. Five goals is good and I am happy. I think it was four games without scoring any goals in the Premier League so I am really pleased about my performance.

"Good" seems a slight understatement for what the player managed, but if that's how Aguero assesses Saturday's antics, his future victims can only lie in fear of what "excellent" might entail.

The South American came into this campaign with a mountain of pressure upon him after City loaned Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic to Roma and Inter, respectively, not to mention selling Alvaro Negredo to Valencia.

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And with just a single league finish to his name prior to Saturday's game, doubts may have been creeping in as to whether the player was up to his usual standards or if injuries were hampering his form.

It's safe to say Vardy may fear for his current lead in the goal stakes if Aguero's latest outing was a sign the forward is back to his best, with the rest of the Premier League's top strikers looking a distance off that particular pace.