The marquee game of the weekend was Arsenal hosting Manchester United. Emery’s men ran our clear winners with Solskjaer tasting defeat for the first time in the league since taking charge. Let us now take a look at some of the best players from the weekend.
#1 RAHEEM STERLING
Another week, another City player on our list. This time it is Raheem Sterling. It’s been marvellous to see Sterling develop under Guardiola into one of the league’s most lethal wingers. In a game where City struggled to break down Watford in the first half, it was Sterling’s controversial offside goal that broke the deadlock (that’s something for later). He added his 2nd after Mahrez went to the edge of the goal line and squared it for Sterling to tap home from the far post.
The 3rd one, however, was the best of the lot. A mazy dribble past Janmaat and Kabasele then driving accurately past Ben Foster. Oh and did we mention he maintained a pass accuracy of 97%? A perfect performance? Well yeah, close to.
#2 AYOZE PEREZ
What a comeback Newcastle produced against Everton! 2 goals down and then going on to win the game 3-2. Perez started the rally in the 2nd half when he first assisted Rondon with a cheeky lob over Kenny and Zouma. He got himself his first goal when Pickford pushed Almiron’s shot into the path of Perez who slammed it on.
The last goal was more of a smash and grab as Perez somehow managed to get at the end of a Rondon touch with Everton players falling in front of him. He put his laces through the ball and put it into the roof of the net. Add to that his 3 successful dribbles and 3 tackles. A well-rounded performance we’ll say!
#3 JAMIE VARDY
Much like the above mentioned Perez, Leicester hitman, Jamie Vardy also managed to produce similar contributions. After Ndidi released him through on goal, he squared it to Tielemans, with Rico rushing at him, who had an empty net to put the ball into. A similar through-ball from Maddison this time but Vardy took it upon himself this time to get the goal by driving the ball from a narrow-angle to give Leicester the lead. He finished the job when Harvey Barnes squared a ball to him and he took a first-time left-footed effort past Rico.
#4 SADIO MANE
Liverpool need wins from anywhere and against anyone and anyhow. Burnley are always a tough unit and scalping points from them aren’t exactly easy. They did manage a high scoring win with both Mane and Firmino scoring a brace each but we decided to go ahead with the Senegal man ahead of the Brazilian. With Salah having a bleak run, Mane stepped up with 2 very important goals at two very important moments of the game.
The game was poised at 1-1 when Mane got the ball inside the box and curled one beautifully past Tom Heaton to get the lead for Liverpool. A tense few mins of injury time followed with Burley scoring and closing the gap at 3-2. Mane struck the final blow when he ran onto Sturridge’s lobbed through ball and rounded it past Heaton to coolly slot it into the empty net.
#5 RYAN FRASER
The diminutive playmaker is slowly becoming one of the league’s most effective players. He now has the 2nd highest number of assists after Eden Hazard. Against Huddersfield, he ran the show from out wide. He ran on to a David Brooks through ball and put in a delicious cross for Callum Wilson to the chest in. He then got himself on the score sheet when Wilson rolled the ball across for him to smash it past Lossl. Apart from that, he completed one dribble, made 2 tackles and took 4 corners in the game.