After the final international break of 2016, the Premier League returned to our screens for Game Week 12 of action.
Toure Returns With A Brace For Manchester City
Forgotten man Yaya Toure returned for Manchester City and showed his class. Dumped by Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and at odds with him at City, he marked his shock return with two goals as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away.
Connor Wickham got one back for the home side. Toure, now 33, was always the man who made City tick. But he and his stroppy agent Dimitri Seluk made it difficult for Guardiola to pick him. Toure recently apologised, ordered Seluk to sue for peace, and appears to have secured a second chance.
Great to have you back Yaya 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/smFLYLZ7cG
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) November 19, 2016
The fans chanted his name throughout the game, and his team-mates clapped him back into the dressing room at the final whistle. City can only benefit – the Ivorian remains a great talent.
Manchester United and Arsenal Share The Spoils At Old Trafford
Will the new karma extend to Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger? Looks unlikely, no sign of Mourinho relenting, but who knows in football.
United could perhaps do with him as they continue to misfire. Another draw at Old Trafford where Arsenal came back late on to share the spoils 1-1. The Gunners looked jaded with so many players away on international duty last week while the Red Devils are still showing far too little devil.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 19, 2016
Olivier Giroud’s 89th-minute equaliser, heading in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross, earned Arsenal a point after Juan Mata looked to have put United on course with a sweeping left-foot finish from Ander Herrera’s cut-back.
Harry Kane Late Double Gives Tottenham Hotspur All Three Points
Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as West Ham, 2-1 up at White Hart Lane, imploded in the last ten minutes.
Michail Antonio’s first-half header was equalised by 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks on his full Premier League debut. A Manuel Lanzini’s penalty – awarded after Vincent Janssen pulled back Winston Reid in the area – put West Ham ahead once more.
But then came the Harry Kane late, late, show. First the England striker turned home from close range after good work down the left by substitute Son Heung-Min, then scored from the spot when the South Korean was brought down in the area by Havard Nordtveit.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 20, 2016
And when with seconds to go Reid stupidly contrived to get a second yellow card West Ham’s misfortune was complete. Spurs are now 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season.
The last time that happened was in the 1960-61 season – White, Blanchflower, Mackay, Smith et al – which ended with the north Londoners claiming a league and cup double. However this time it is six wins and six draws, which leaves them chasing the big boys … like Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool draw blank at Southampton – while Chelsea go top thanks to Costa
The Liverpool missed a hatful of chances as they managed a point at Southampton. Few would have called this a 0-0 draw beforehand.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary’s and Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal. Home keeper Fraser Foster proved the hero.
But Southampton showed great commitment and probably deserved something out of the game. With Liverpool drawing a blank it was left to Chelsea to overtake them as Premier League leaders.
Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the season, turning over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. The quickest to react to a loose ball in the box, he drilled it home. And it ended 0-1.
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Next up – Tottenham at the Bridge… pic.twitter.com/AN8cVodvtZ
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 20, 2016
But matches against Tottenham and Manchester City now loom and we shall find out just how resilient is Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation which has made them so much more resilient.
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