Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City – Alexandre Lacazette
Have Arsenal found the fox in the box they’ve been searching for?
Strong, quick and very nimble on the ball, the striker was a handful on his debut as the Gunners didn’t seem to miss the hustle and bustle of Alexis Sanchez.
Lacazette took his goal like a natural born goalscorer, too.
Watford 3-3 Liverpool – Mohamed Salah
Liverpool needed to turn things around drastically at half-time and the player that did that for them in the second half was Salah.
With no Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool were looking to Salah to be this inspiration, and his creative spark, his pace and his movement off the ball was absolutely superb.
He got his goal and his second-half performance, including winning the penalty, was outstanding.
Chelsea 2-3 Burnley – Sam Vokes
It was a close battle between the Welshman and his team-mate James Tarkowski, but Vokes’ two goals showed what a danger he can be inside the box.
His first, a flick as the ball came in slightly behind him, showed great improvisation, and though his second was bread and butter for any striker, his all-round work rate was superb.
He won 12 aerial duels as David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger were treated to a rough afternoon, and also won three fouls for Burnley having held the ball up well.
Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield – Steve Mounie
While Montpellier struggled last season, Mounie didn’t.
Fourteen goals in Ligue 1 is an impressive return in a team that finished 15th, and such form proved transferable, as he netted a double on his Premier League bow.
His header for his first goal almost burst the net and he never stopped running either.
Everton 1-0 Stoke – Wayne Rooney
It was not just the goal that sees Rooney take the plaudits from the match, he looked to be back to the player of years gone by.
He was everywhere on the field, playing some brilliant passes for his team-mates and also put a shift in at the back. Of course, his goal will stand out but his overall contribution cannot be overlooked.
Southampton 0-0 Swansea – Ryan Bertrand
One of the few bright lights in a hugely uninspiring affair.
Bertrand grafted hard and combined well with Nathan Redmond to carve Swansea open down the left flank time and again.
West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth – Ahmed Hegazi
Hegazi may not have started if Jonny Evans was injury-free, but he certainly impressed as he converted a header from a corner.
He then went on to keep Josh King and Benik Afobe away from goal and secure West Brom a crucial clean sheet.
Brighton 0-2 Manchester City – Kyle Walker
The new City full-back marked his competitive debut with a sharp attacking performance.
He will get tougher tests defensively but made the most of City’s dominance to storm forward at every opportunity, creating the game’s opening chance for Sergio Aguero.
Full-back is a position Pep Guardiola attaches particular importance to and it was just the kind of performance from Walker that City often lacked last season.
Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham – Kyle Walker-Peters
Despite reports earlier in the week that Walker-Peters was not yet ready to start a Premier League game for Tottenham, he certainly looked at home in the right-back spot in place of the injured Kieran Trippier.
His performance followed the old cliche of ‘a game of two halves’ with the first showing off his defensive abilities – restricting Newcastle as they looked to expose the right wing.
And in the second half he put in cross after cross as Spurs looked to capitalise on their man advantage.
It’s safe to say his first-team stay has got off to a glittering start.
Manchester United 4-0 West Ham – Nemanja Matic
“I can’t think of one reason why Chelsea sold him.” That was Gary Neville’s assessment after Matic’s impressive display on his Premier League debut for Manchester United.
The midfielder won possession more times than any of his team-mates (11), played more passes (69), had more touches (89) and covered more ground (11.41km).
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