3 Up, 3 Down: Featuring Arsenal and Manchester United stars
Ten games in and the Premier League is starting to take shape. Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool stay tied at the top after hitting four goals each on the road, while Chelsea stayed a point further back with a thoroughly impressive win at St. Mary’s.
Champions Leicester picked up their first away point of the season with an impressive draw at Tottenham, as Manchester United continued to falter with a disappointing draw with Burnley.
Everton secured a solid win over West Ham, Watford beat struggling Hull and Middlesbrough secured a fine win over in-form Bournemouth.
But who stood out this weekend?
Up: Gaston Ramirez
Middlesbrough have not scored many goals this season, so it’s just as well that they have someone like Gaston Ramirez in their team.
The Uruguayan picked up the ball well inside his own half against Bournemouth, before launching a mazy dribble that lasted the length of the pitch, cutting inside a sliding defender, before curling the ball into the fine corner.
It was the goal of the weekend from one of the Premier League’s most enigmatic performers.
Up: Tom Heaton
What a point for Burnley, and what a performance by England’s number three.
Manchester United battered Burnley’s defence with wave after wave of attacks, but the Clarets and their brilliant goalkeeper stood firm in the face of 37 shots on their goal.
If Heaton keeps up this kind of form, and with a new England manager in the offing, he could well find himself becoming a much bigger part of the national team.
Up: Olivier Giroud
Much maligned Frenchman Olivier Giroud has seen Arsenal thrive without him this season, but he proved his worth to Arsene Wenger with a match-winning cameo away to Sunderland.
Arsenal were in danger of throwing away a win when Jermain Defoe tucked a penalty away, but bringing on Giroud pulled the game back in the Gunners’ favour.
A goal with his first, and second, touch of the game put Arsenal out of sight and level on points with Liverpool and Manchester City. He may not be first choice, but he has shown he has a big part to play.