Manchester City can win with 10 men – and without Erling Haaland in the starting lineup – and Arsenal can delay one goal with a full game.
These are our lessons at the top of the Premier League table, where the three-peat-seeking ‘townspeople’ got the job done despite losing to a man for an hour against Fulham, and where Arsenal remained first with a control, marginal victory over Chelsea.
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Meanwhile, former Arsenal boss Unai Emery kicked off his Aston Villa journey with a stunning victory over Manchester United, Tottenham are out of the net and unable to bounce back against Liverpool, and Newcastle keep scoring goals in matches with the lower half of the field.
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Here are 10 noteworthy moments that our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Andy Edwards (AE) and Nicholas Mendola (NM) shared their observations of the latest PL games.
10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 15
one. The Gunners are the real deal (Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal): It’s a game you win if you’re going to race for the title. On a stormy rainy afternoon, the Gunners appeared in west London. For a long time. In previous seasons, they would have lost or drawn this game, but they kept up their task, kept the ball well and played with the philosophy and style that Mikel Arteta demands from his Arsenal. Their faith never wavered and they play with such confidence now. They may still not match Manchester City for a 38-game season, but the desire, passion and faith of this Arsenal team tell us they will be very close when all is said and done. The stats below summarize their progress against the big boys this season and remember: this is the youngest team in the Premier League.
2. Liverpool celebrates open snack buffet (Spurs 1-2 Liverpool): Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah will thank you for inviting Tottenham to attack a failed scheme. Salah is playing so well these days and will only grow as he enjoys Darwin Nunez’s continued understanding of the Premier League. Conte screwed up and Liverpool weren’t going to complain about it – although it must be said that sometimes Jurgen Klopp doesn’t like teams that “don’t play football”. (NM).
3. Leeds’ defensive problems – combination of tactics and personnel. (Leeds 4-3 Bournemouth): Both points are correct: 1) Leeds defenders have made too many unnecessary, unforced errors this season and did it again on Saturday; 2) Jesse Marsh’s tactics have left Leeds too exposed as they transition from attacking to reforming their defensive form. There are many accusations that both sides let each other down on Saturday. … This is the Premier League. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing for the worst or cheapest team in the league, you just can’t survive with that kind of imbalance. Leeds are far too talented to be in another relegation battle this season and that won’t happen if they sort out some defensive issues. (AE)
4. Julián Alvarez is an incredible back-up. (Manchester City 2-1 Fulham): Having a player of Alvarez’s stature ready when Erling Haaland is out of shape is incredible for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Argentine striker showed his class with a great run to the rear and scored a goal to give City the lead. It was hard for him until the end of the game as City were shortened to 10, but Alvarez is a first-class player and will be to Haaland what Gabriel Jesus was to Sergio Aguero. Whenever he has been called up this season, he has looked ready and has already scored six goals in a City shirt. (Japan)
5. Emery Villa must dream big (Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United): Let’s not scapegoat Steven Gerrard, who has had great success in Glasgow and could very well be a good manager, but is there any doubt that Unai Emery is the more experienced manager to demand respect from this team? The villa already looked much better thanks to the regular use of Leander Dendonker and Leon Bailey, but now they look complete. Emiliano Buendia has also been released, and the return of Lucas Digne is a big addition (which Gerrard will notice). With Emiliano Martinez between the sticks and a good but not deep core of defenders, Villa may dream of Europe sooner or later if the team stays healthy. (New Mexico)
6. Newcastle vibe is light as air (Southampton 1-4 Newcastle): It hardly mattered that Southampton were in the forefront, even when Newcastle were 1-0 up and could not find chances for a second, as the atmosphere around Miguel Almiron and his teammates is the “We’ll be fine” vibe even when they were under the gun, as they were during most of Sunday’s visit to St. Mary’s. The Magpies create quality chances, defend well enough and still wait the full return of Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak.As we said earlier in this section, Eddie Howe’s work to get the most out of the players who were in town before the big takeover is almost as important as the new additions.Vibrations are almost flawless , and a team that would go berserk for missing a key element like Joelinton just brushes it off this time.(New Mexico)
7. Kaworu Mitoma announces himself to Brighton, Premier League (Wolves 2-3 Brighton): The Japanese winger gave Brighton plenty of chances in his first season at the club, but the 25-year-old importer from Union St Gilloise scored just an assist in eight games. Mitoma received a red card and scored on Saturday, demonstrating attacking flair that saw him score five goals in nine caps for Japan. (New Mexico)
8 Foxes Are Finally Taking Shape (Everton 0-2 Leicester): There’s no guarantee that Leicester City won’t end up in the bottom three, but Brendan Rodgers has a better organized team and is much harder to break in 90 minutes. New centre-back Vout Face has received a lot of love for this, and understandably so, but the team is strong in the middle with Boubakari Soumare, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Youri Tielemans, joined by James Maddison, who control the central areas. Throw in a more comfortable Danny Ward between the sticks and Leicester will feel hopeful and probably won’t want a break from the World Cup. (New Mexico)
9. West Ham are struggling to reproduce the energy (West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace): The Hammers continue to have problems like this, and David Moyes will be scratching his head. On paper they have a much stronger squad than last season but they keep making big mistakes and the way they were caught playing from behind to concede the opening goal summed it up. They are only two points above the relegation zone, but they should be fine this season. Their European exploits have undoubtedly affected their energy levels in the Premier League and West Ham’s success over the past few seasons has been based on counterattacks and tackles. (Japan)
10. Useful glasses for trees and bees (Nottingham Forest 2-2 Brentford): Morgan Gibbs-White gave Nottingham Forest a 20th-minute lead, but Brian Mbeumo equalized from a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time and Ioan Wyssa, who took the penalty earlier , made the score 2:1. in the 75th. Brentford were so close to the line with a win and three points, but the Bees failed to clear the ball in their own box, then in their six-yard box, and in the end the ball went over the goal line (by an inch or two) with less than 60 seconds of added time until the end of the game. That point is still good for both sides as Brentford remain 10th in the Premier League table and Forest move closer to 19th placed Wolves just around the corner from safety in 17th. (AE)
Ralph Hasenhutl has been sacked by Southampton after the Austrian coach has been in charge of St Mary’s for nearly four years.
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After losing 4-1 at home to Newcastle on Sunday, Southampton are in the relegation zone as they have just three wins in 14 games this season, with their alarming slump coming at the end of the 2021–22 campaign. Among the teams ever present in the Premier League in calendar year 2022, Southampton have the fewest points (31) of any team.
Hasenhüttl, 55, has led Saints to the semi-finals and quarter-finals of the FA Cup and finished 11th, 15th and 15th in three full seasons. He was hired in December 2018 and brought them to safety that season, and they were never in danger of relegation despite previous owner Gao Jisheng (Sport Republic) forcing them to sell players (Sport Republic took on responsibility in January 2022) and suffered two shocking 9-0 defeats in two consecutive seasons.
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