There was more thrilling Premier League action at the weekend with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all in action – read our game week 8 review for the lowdown on all the action.
Chelsea hand Premier League champions another big defeat
Chelsea smashed Premier League champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. The Blues went ahead through Diego Costa then Eden Hazard rounded Kasper Schmeichel for number two, both poor goals from a defensive point of view.
The rejuvenated Victor Moses got the third. Isn’t it amazing how some managers can get the best out of players and others can’t? Leicester, who left Riyad Mahrez on the bench for the first time in 36 league games, failed to register a shot on target.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 17, 2016
Defeat leaves Claudio Ranieri’s side with eight points from their first eight games, close to relegation form.
On Thursday, several bookmakers suspended betting on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte being the next Premier League manager to lose his job. More than a bit harsh. What price Ranieri?
Arsenal continue fine form with another three-points at The Emirates
Theo Walcott scored twice as 10-man Arsenal overcame Swansea 3-2 at The Emirates. It was their sixth Premier League win and the enigmatic Walcott now has five goals in eight games, proving his detractors wrong albeit he should have had two more.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 16, 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson curled one to give the Welsh side hope but Mesut Ozil brilliantly volleyed in an Alexis Sanchez cross to restore a two-goal lead for the hosts.
Borja Baston hit the back of the net to set up an anxious finale, Granit Xhaka was sent off for a silly hack, but the Gunners hung on though not without a series of scares.
Defeat then for Bob Bradley in his first match as the Swans manager, but some good signs.
Manchester City unable to pass Steklenburg in frustrating draw with Everton
Maarten Stekelenburg saved two penalties for Everton in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin de Bruyne was the first to miss in the opening period and Sergio Aguero couldn’t make it count in the second half.
FT | City 1-1 Everton
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 15, 2016
City went behind as Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, Nolito equalised but City failed to find a winner despite 19 shots and 72 per cent possession Pep Guardiola isn’t finding it as easy as he might have supposed.
West Brom frustrate Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns
Stubborn West Brom held out for a 1-1 draw albeit it was Tottenham Hotspur who had to find the equaliser at The Hawthorns.
Spurs old boy Nacer Chadli looked to have claimed victory for the Baggies but Dele Alli’s equaliser a minute from time ensured Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) October 16, 2016
Fine saves from former England goalkeeper Ben Foster kept the home side in it. Less than 30 per cent of possession, but West Brom ground out a result. Not pretty, but effective. Which more or less sums up Tony Pulis sides.
Greedy West Brom fans want their cake and eat it – attacking football and staying up. Often the two don’t go together when it comes to sides in the lower reaches of the table. The club have been in the Championship enough times for the penny to drop, you would have thought!
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