A look at the table would suggest that for Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd the weekend went very much to plan but the truth is that all three will be quite relieved on Sunday night.
If the two Manchester clubs were expecting to roll over the newly promoted sides easily this weekend then the scores at half time may have come as a bit of a shock to the system. City, 1-0 down to an Otamendi own goal away at Huddersfield and Utd goalless at home to Brighton. To say the Manchester clubs got the run of the green in the second half is an understatement. In fairness, Manchester City dominated the game and Huddersfield rarely threatened but the manner of their 46th minute equaliser left David Wagner fuming. Raheem Sterling running into the box, contact minimal, and position of the offence debatable. The fact that it Sterling was the man to win the game in the 88th minute would not have helped the home fan’s mood.
Manchester Utd also found themselves on the right side of Lady Luck, securing their 1-0 win with an own goal from Brighton’s Lewis Dunk. Mourinho’s men must rediscover their goalscoring touch if they are to keep pace with their neighbours.
Arsenal faced a tricky trip to high flying Burnley, where last year they twice relied on injury time winners to secure wins, one of which was an Alexis Sanchez penalty. The Chilean was at it again, earning his side (at least for now) the 3 points with yet another injury time penalty.
In the big game of the weekend Willian’s cross earned Chelsea a late point when it found it’s way in after former Chelsea man Salah put Liverpool in front. Salah decided not to celebrate, despite making just 13 appearances for Chelsea in 2 years. Neither side will be happy with the 1-1 draw, particularly after City pulled further ahead of them both with their victory on Sunday.
Crystal Palace picked up only their 2nd win of the season through Mamadou Sakho’s 92nd minute winner. Roy Hodgson will be hoping the confidence of a late victory can kick start their season as they come into a run of games the former England Manager will see as very winnable.
The leagues other remaining fixtures saw Spurs drop points at home to West Brom with a 1-1 draw, Southampton thrash Everton 4-1 at St Mary’s, Watford impress with a 3-0 win away at Newcastle and Swansea play out a 0-0 with Bournemouth.
The Premier League goes again midweek as the season picks up the pace heading into December.