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Premier League Winners and Losers After Saturday's Updated Week 3 EPL Table

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIAugust 24, 2019

NORWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea  celebrates after his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea FC at Carrow Road on August 24, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Chelsea picked up their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday by beating Norwich City 3-2 in a thriller at Carrow Road.

Liverpool maintained their perfect start on Saturday after a 3-1 win over Arsenal thanks to a Joel Matip header and a Mohamed Salah brace.

The win moves the Reds clear at the top of the early Premier League table, while the Gunners slip to their first defeat of the new campaign.

Manchester United also lost ground on the Reds. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Saturday's other matches saw Southampton beat Brighton & Hove Albion, Leicester City see off Sheffield United and West Ham United win at Watford.

Here is a look at some of the winners and losers from Saturday's top-flight matches.

    

Winner: Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham staked his claim to be Chelsea's first-choice striker this season with a brace in a 3-2 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Manager Frank Lampard brought Abraham into his starting XI in place of Olivier Giroud and saw the 21-year-old take just three minutes to open the scoring.

Abraham stroked Cesar Azpilicueta's cross home to give Chelsea the lead with a sweet finish, as shown by Football on BT Sport (UK only):

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

What a moment! 🙌 Tammy Abraham volleys home his first-ever Chelsea goal! 🔵 Brilliant finish! https://t.co/ugTrixBahv

He struck again on 68 minutes with another fine goal. This time he twisted past Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis before lashing a fierce effort past goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The goals means Abraham is the first English player to bag a brace for Chelsea in the top flight since Lampard:

Premier League @premierleague

Following in famous footsteps... Tammy Abraham becomes the first Englishman to score a #PL brace for @ChelseaFC since a certain Frank Lampard in 2012 #NORCHE https://t.co/3dMDT1LAA8

His goal also helped Chelsea pick up their first Premier League win of the season and showed Abraham may be the best man to lead the Blues' attack.

   

Loser: David de Gea

Manchester United looked to have rescued a point against Crystal Palace when Daniel James equalised in the 89th minute but were undone in stoppage time when Patrick van Aanholt struck a late winner.

The Dutchman beat De Gea from close range to secure the win with an effort that a goalkeeper of the Spaniard's calibre reach should have saved.

Bleacher Report's Rob Blanchette offered his view:

Rob Blanchette @_Rob_B

The De Gea error is awful, no doubt, you live and die by these moments on the pitch. But the fact #MUFC are not dealing with a side who have a minimal goal threat proves the wider issues faced by the team. Utd should have bought Fernandes and restructured the midfield.

De Gea's mistake follows on from a poor end to last season when he was guilty of several high-profile errors that cost Manchester United in games against Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea.

EiF Soccer said errors were becoming a regular occurrence for the goalkeeper:

EiF @EiFSoccer

De Gea errors no longer a rarity. Consistently makes mistakes he wouldn’t have made 2-3 seasons ago. Clear decline.

De Gea has been one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers since joining Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but his latest mistake continues a period of bad form.

      

Winner: Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal manager Unai Emery handed summer signing Nicolas Pepe his full debut against Liverpool at Anfield and will have enjoyed the 24-year-old's performance.

The former Lille man's electric pace and running with the ball seemed to unnerve the Reds, and he also managed to find his way past Virgil van Dijk:

Premier League @premierleague

Not since March 2018 has Virgil van Dijk been successfully dribbled past in the #PL 539 days and 50 matches later, Pepe delivers... #LIVARS https://t.co/49sOfCZ1Us

Pepe ought to have opened the scoring for the Gunners after breaking clear and racing through on goal but could not find the finish to beat Adrian.

His performance was still full of promise and showed he will add an extra attacking threat to the north Londoners this season.

Statman Dave showed how effective he can be:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Nicolas Pépé completed 7/10 take-ons vs. Liverpool, as many as all other Arsenal players combined. Adds some ball-carrying quality to their side. 💫💫💫 https://t.co/ljamfSBx6g

Arsenal went on to lose the game 3-1 at Anfield on a disappointing day for the visitors, but they can take positives from Pepe's performance.

    

Loser: Florin Andone

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone lasted only 30 minutes of the Seagulls' clash with Southampton before being sent off for an awful challenge.

The 26-year-old was handed a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Yan Valery that left his team to play the remaining hour a man down.

Andone's challenge was widely criticised:

David Preece @davidpreece12

Not sure what Andone is thinking there. He could have just got his body between man and ball without lifting his foot the way he did. It’s a red #BHASOU

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker

Andone sent off for @OfficialBHAFC after an appalling tackle. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Ian Baker @ianbakersport

Andone can have no complaints at all, absolutely shocking challenge.

Even manager Graham Potter said he "can't defend" Andone for the tackle in a post-match interview, according to BBC Sport's Matthew Howarth.

The red card ultimately cost Brighton the match. Southampton went on to win 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond.

    

Winner: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield to make it three wins from three Premier League matches and saw Trent Alexander-Arnold put in another influential performance.

The 20-year-old's corner was headed home by Matip to give Liverpool the lead and the upper hand in the game four minutes before half-time.

Opta highlighted his impressive record:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

9 - Trent Alexander-Arnold has assisted nine goals in his last 10 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions, including assisting once in each of his last five competitive home games. Delivery. https://t.co/XxHlwg6iRa

The full-back was heavily involved throughout the match as Liverpool attacked down the flanks but also looked strong defensively too.

Sky Sports Statto highlighted the youngster's influence on the win:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

🥇@trentaa98 match stats for @LFC v Arsenal 🥇 📌108 touches - most in @premierleague today 🥇 📌 6 chances created - most in match 🥇 📌 14 passes into box - most in match 🥇 📌 11th PL assist in 2019 - most in @premierleague 🥇 https://t.co/HjKPvvEnJi

Team-mate Salah may take most of the headlines for his two goals against Arsenal, but Alexander-Arnold showed once again just how crucial he is to this Liverpool side.

   

Loser: David Luiz

Arsenal brought in David Luiz over the summer to firm up their defence, but the Brazilian had a game to forget against Liverpool.

The Brazilian struggled against the speed and trickery of Salah and was no match for the skilful Egyptian, as noted by Squawka Football:

Squawka Football @Squawka

David Luiz was dribbled past for both of his attempted tackles against Liverpool: 24': Mohamed Salah 57': Mohamed Salah And he fouled him for the penalty. 🤪 https://t.co/JxhYkXVJEM

He was also guilty of conceding a penalty for Liverpool's second goal that put them firmly in charge of the match just after half-time.

His shirt pull on Salah left referee Anthony Taylor with no option but to point to the spot and saw the former Chelsea man criticised:

Tom McDermott @MrTomMcDermott

World class from Salah but it’s erratic and nonsensical defending from David Luiz, especially from a player so experienced. He’s cost #AFC this half. By holding his position and not diving in he makes it harder for the Egyptian. His eagerness was almost as good as an assist.

Salah went on to race straight past Luiz for Liverpool's third goal that effectively secured all three points.

Reporter Tony Scott offered his view on Arsenal's decision to buy Luiz:

Tony Scott @Tony_Scott11

There was someone sat on Arsenal's board, recruitment or management in the summer that thought signing David Luiz at 32 years of age would be a shrewd signing. Chelsea didn't even put up a fight to keep him!

Arsenal's defensive problems were a weakness for the club last season, and Luiz's performance will not inspire confidence he can improve their backline.

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