Premier League Matchday Six Review

Kyle Campbell takes a look back at the latest batch of fixtures in the Premier League, which included a six-goal thriller at the Brentford Community Stadium, a dominant North London Derby and an impressive showing from Pep’s City.

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Liverpool Held by Brentford in six-goal thriller – Brentford 3-3 Liverpool

Brentford’s remarkable start to life in the Premier League looked in danger as an in-form Liverpool side visited London on Saturday evening. Liverpool were seeking to earn an away victory at the Brentford Community Stadium – a feat that has only been achieved by Brighton this season. Liverpool’s main goal threat, Mohamed Salah, had his sight set on becoming the fastest player to score 100 league goals for the club.

Both sides started brightly, but it was Liverpool that had the first clear-cut opportunity.

Salah found himself on the brink of history as Diogo Jota’s through ball left him with only the keeper to beat. Salah was able to keep composed and slip the ball under the goalkeeper, but Kristoffer Ajer was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Despite early pressure from the visitors, Brentford were able to break the deadlock in the 27th minute.

A well worked set piece found Sergi Canós in behind the Liverpool defence and he was able to play a teasing ball across the six-yard box. Ivan Toney was unable to finish off the move, but Fabinho was caught napping at the back post and Ethan Pinnock was able to tap in his first Premier League goal.

Brentford weren’t in the driver’s seat for long however, and Liverpool were back on level terms within four minutes.

An overlapping Jordan Henderson was found by Salah down the right-hand side, leaving the Liverpool skipper with plenty of time to pick out a cross. A floated ball in found Jota, who was unmarked, six yards out from goal. Jota, who has been in tremendous form this season, was able to direct his header past David Raya, bagging his third goal of the campaign.

Liverpool kept up their intensity and Salah was finally able to score his 100th league goal for the club at the start of the second half. A beautifully chipped ball over the top was latched onto by the Egyptian and he was able to finish past Raya, despite the Spaniard’s best efforts to keep the ball out. A quick VAR check overturned the original decision that was made by the linesman, confirming that Salah was onside, allowing his goal to stand.

Liverpool edging ahead did not dishearten Thomas Frank’s men and they were able to draw level 10 minutes later. A scramble in the box found the ball crashing off the bar and into the path of Vitaly Janelt, who was in the right place at the right time to nod the ball over the line, despite Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attempted clearance.

Once again, Liverpool refused to lie down, and Curtis Jones’ deflected effort flew into the top corner to put the visitors ahead for the second time in the match.

Liverpool’s back line was desperate to hang on to their lead this time and Salah had a great opportunity to finish the game off, but his chipped effort went just over the bar.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Brentford put another ball in to the box that Liverpool were unable to deal with. The ball was knocked around before falling to second half substitute Yoane Wissa, who managed to dink the ball over the onrushing Alisson Becker, rescuing a point for the resilient Bees.

An absolute end to end thriller that felt more like a game of basketball at times has put Jürgen Klopp’s side at the top of the tree, whilst Brentford remain in the top half of the table, six games into the campaign.

Gunners Claim Bragging Rights as They Pick Spurs Apart – Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham

Arsenal’s fine form following their incredibly difficult start to the season continued with a stunning victory in the North London Derby.

The Gunners came out firing from the first whistle and their academy products shone throughout. It only took 12 minutes for Arsenal to make the breakthrough and it was their young stars at the heart of it. Bukayo Saka found himself a yard of space down the right-hand side and was able to cut the ball across the box for the late arriving Emile Smith Rowe, who had no difficulty in finishing.

Arsenal took complete control of the game as Tottenham lacked energy and drive through the middle of the park. Not for the first time this season, Harry Kane looked uninterested and was unable to have any impact on Spurs’ attacking play.

Arsenal took advantage of Tottenham’s disorganisation and lack of intent and found Smith Rowe in acres of space down the left-hand side just before the 30 minute mark. Smith Rowe kept his head up and cut the ball back to club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was able to coolly finish past Hugo Lloris.

The Gunners were relentless and were seeking to finish the game off before half time and were successful in doing so seven minutes after Aubameyang’s goal.

Kane lost his footing in the attacking third and turned the ball over. Arsenal quickly hit Tottenham on the counterattack and found Saka down the right wing. Kane had tracked back but his block of Saka’s attempted cross fell right back to Arsenal’s number 7, and he was able to slot the ball home with his weaker foot.

Son Heung-Min was able to score a consolation goal in the second half, but it was Arsenal’s day in the North London Derby, and they jumped above their city rivals in the table.

Tottenham’s woeful form continues, and they looked completely out of their depth for the third Premier League game in a row. The worrying issue for Nuno Espírito Santo will be Tottenham’s lack of desire in what is the club’s fiercest rivalry.

Tottenham will have to dig deep over the coming weeks in order to get some well needed points on the board.

City Dominate at the Bridge – Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

Chelsea hosted Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in their first showdown of the season. Chelsea came out victorious in the Champions League Final in May against Pep Guardiola’s men, however, it was a defensive masterclass that allowed City to get the better of Chelsea this time round.

From the get-go, City were on top of Chelsea and shut down their predominantly possession-based game with high intensity pressing in Chelsea’s defensive third. Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish were excellent at keeping touch tight to Jorginho, never allowing the Chelsea midfielder to get a grasp on the game.

Without Jorginho commanding the midfield, Chelsea struggled to tick and often resorted to looking for the long ball for Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner to chase.

Man City’s newly formed centre back partnership of Rúben Dias and Aymeric Laporte were immense at the back and were alert to any danger.

City created a handful of chances in the first half but were unable to properly threaten Chelsea.

Pep stuck to his game plan and came out and smothered Chelsea in the second half. Consistent pressure finally paid off when Gabriel Jesus was able to beat Edouard Mendy.

Following a City corner, João Cancelo found himself with time and space outside of the box and he fired in a low driven shot. A cluster of bodies were in the way, but Jesus was quickest to react and was able to swivel and get a shot off. His effort deflected off Jorginho and found its way into the bottom corner, giving Manchester City the well-deserved lead.

Chelsea were unable to get a foothold in the game after going behind and did not manage to create any opportunities to draw level. Bernardo Silva played a vital role for City in the middle of the park, snuffing out any danger and controlling the game from deep.

An uncharacteristic performance from Chelsea as they were unable to have a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

A dominant performance from City earned them the three points and ensured teams should not underestimate the power they possess as they seek to retain the title.

Best of the Rest

  • Aston Villa stole a famous win at Old Trafford thanks to Kortney Hause’s 88th minute header. Manchester United struggled to score throughout despite having several good chances. Bruno Fernandes had the opportunity to salvage a point right at the death, but his penalty was blasted well over the bar, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his men frustrated at home once again.
  • Jamie Vardy was at the heart of Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Burnley. After scoring an own goal early on, Vardy managed to score a brace and push his season tally up to five – joint at the top with Salah and Michail Antonio. Chris Wood looked to have won it for the Clarets with his last gasp header, but his goal was ruled out by VAR for offside.
  • Michail Antonio’s explosive start to the season continued after netting a 90th minute winner at Elland Road. Leeds tested West Ham and Raphinha was a handful down the right-hand side yet again, but The Hammers managed to edge past them 2-1. Leeds’ slow start to the season has left them in the bottom three as they seek their first win of the campaign.
  • Norwich’s dismal start continued following their 2-0 loss to Everton. Norwich are still looking to put their first point on the board as they now hold the record for the worst start to a Premier League season.
  • Raúl Jiménez was back on the scoresheet for Wolves as they earned a 1-0 win over Southampton. Neal Maupay scored a last second equaliser in Brighton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, whilst Watford and Newcastle also played out a 1-1 draw.

Player of the Week – Bernardo Silva

Despite playing in a deeper midfield role, Bernardo Silva shone throughout the game and showcased his ability to adapt to positions and game plans. Silva often found himself inbetween the City defence, winning the ball back and controlling the tempo. It was an extraordinary performance by an incredibly versatile player, and it will come as no shock to see Pep Guardiola play him in the deeper role more often this season.

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