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What happened in the Premier League this weekend? This is a question that regularly requires more than a few sentences to sum it up.

Luckily, we’ve pulled the analysis from all nine of our reviews – Leicester v Nottingham Forest still going on Monday afternoon – to provide you with a bunch of bite-sized pieces.

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Two big derbies plus a few sideways chances lead the way and Manchester City are making a statement of historic intent to take advantage of Eric ten Haag, who believes his team’s preparation was top notch.

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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.

VIDEO: PL highlights ]

10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 9

1. Even the recognition of Barcelona 2008-09, Pep’s Manchester City could be his best work yet. (Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United): It’s hard to imagine a better season than Barcelona’s double in the league and Champions League. Barcelona were stunned on opening day but didn’t lose again until 21 February. She did not lose a significant European match and did not fall behind after the play-off stage. Of the five league defeats, four came after he scored 13 points in mid-February. Even adding a 105 plus a 70 La Liga differential somehow doesn’t change the idea that City can improve most of those scores. City are currently on pace with 133 goals and close to three-figure goal difference, although City have yet to play Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea or Arsenal. He is also in second place (laughing emoji). Oh, and Erling Haaland could just rewrite the PL record book in one season. (New Mexico)

2. Winning claim shows Arsenal’s steady progress (Arsenal 3-1 Spurs): Something special is brewing at Arsenal. This streak of victories at the start of the season should surprise no one. Having spent wisely this summer on quality players, it’s finally looking like Mikel Arteta’s squad, and it’s been that way since day one of preseason. Even after the disappointment that Tottenham simply missed out on the Champions League at the end of last season, Arsenal have been moving in the right direction. They have been for some time now and this start to the season will give them the confidence and confidence that they can challenge for trophies and maybe, just maybe, have a shot at a title. (Japan)

3. Thiago Silva, who was lucky to play further, equalized with Chelsea (Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea): Chelsea’s race was almost over in the 33rd minute when Thiago Silva fell asleep and lost the ball on acres of open ground. As Ayew swept past the Brazilian, who was now on his stomach, Silva extended his left arm and hit the ball to prevent a counter-attack (and probably a chance to score). Referee Chris Kavanagh gave Silva a yellow card, opining that either (or a combination of) the distance to the net (approximately 35 yards) and at least one recovering defender meant there was no clear goal-scoring opportunity. Five minutes later, Silva headed the ball to Aubameyang to hit the target. From almost a goal and a person falling to a level on both in 300 seconds. (AE)

4. A mess in the Liverpool defense, a mess, a mess (Liverpool 3-3 Brighton): There is no level-headed man who would deny Trent Alexander-Arnold his status as one of the best right-handed playmakers in the world. There is an argument that he could be Andrea Pirlo of his generation as a central midfielder. But he doesn’t play in central midfield and teams target his side of the field and find joy. As Jordan Henderson ages and Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho exist as fronts, how long before Jurgen Klopp finally says ‘yeah, okay, here it is’ to those who see what everyone else sees: dynamic a player who turns 24 on Friday and is improving at right-back’s defensive duties but is so good at intercepting passes. However, his performance won’t be the subject of conversation if Virgil van Dijk hits a cross from Brighton that was Trossard’s third. This game could have been 6-5 and while we would love that entertainment, Klopp has to wonder what’s next. Andy Robertson and Ibrahima Konate were out, but Liverpool spent a lot of time deep, which was disappointing. And Joel Matip doesn’t get paid that much, does he? (New Mexico)

5. Erik ten Hag handcuffs his team (Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United): Look, backdating will always be 20:20. We understand that, but expecting City to play away with Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay in central midfield, leaving Fred and Casemiro on the bench, was almost absurd. Eriksen’s defensive skills weren’t up to the task, and McTominay ran around like a maniac. The ball barely made it to the front four, which was United’s only hope of staying with the hosts. Anthony’s incredible goal is a brutal nod to what could have been for the young ETH team. (New Mexico)

6. Newcastle Eddie Howe prepared well for the punishment (Fulham 1-4 Newcastle): Not so long ago, a Newcastle team that won a player after eight minutes did not necessarily mean a victory for the Magpies. In fact, the Magpies 2020-21. they only drew with Fulham, who would be relegated, after the Cottagers only received a red card from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute. However, on this day, Newcastle passed Fulham despite the absence of Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexandre Isak, and all of their scorers were on board until last season’s major change of ownership. Black and White Army by Eddie Howe. And 2020-21 loan star Joe Willock provided two assists, although January’s big player Bruno Guimares provided an assist and starred. (New Mexico)

7. Butterscotch found a formula to get the most out of Calvert-Lewin’s imminent return. (Southampton 1-2 Everton): Everton have really improved under Frank Lampard, especially going forward. Defensively, they are still reliable, but Gray and McNeil provided width, speed, and stealth that the Toffees couldn’t make the most of. When Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns soon, they will have a center to make the most of this structured attacking play. (Japan)

8. Diego Costa flares up like a beacon of hope after the defeat of the Wolves (West Ham 2-0 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton): The big and restless veteran striker still knows where to be on the pitch and has been confused by a massive header that went wide. Costa was a great striker and the Wolves thrived when Raul Jimenez was at his best. No wonder if Costa has a 3-4 win this season…maybe even next Saturday against old buddies Chelsea? It should be the new coach to pick him in the XI as the Wolves sacked Bruno Lage on Sunday. (New Mexico)

9. Ref insists on his own call to abandon Bees at Cherries. (Bournemouth AFC 0-0 Brentford): The highlight of the game came in the 20th minute when Brentford defender Christoffer Ayer appeared to slip over Bournemouth left-back Jordan Zemura. Ajjer didn’t touch the ball (he could have, since it was within his reach) before disengaging with his legs high and catching Zemura, who was trying to block the outstretched defender. Referee Thomas Bramall first said there was no foul, then maintained that position after his own lengthy video review. (AE)

10. Villa mess in the last third (Leeds 0-0 Aston Villa): Wow. The man is almost the entire half and nothing but a point to show for it. Watching Aston Villa is seeing a team in control of midfield – Douglas Louis was great on Sunday – but there are too many singles in the final third. Philippe Coutinho was active, but if the attack is directed at him, then he must score. The same can be said for Emiliano Buendia, while Ollie Watkins and (then) Danny Ings don’t get much favor. xG Villa were the second worst in the Premier League at the start of the game and they are still behind him. (New Mexico)



Source: soccer.nbcsports.com

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