Arsenal performed well to defeat Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium and return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday after Manchester City claimed pole position with a comfortable win over Southampton.
Leicester slumped again with a defeat to stay in the last three, while Cristiano Ronaldo hit another milestone with his 700th club goal as Manchester United came from behind to win at Everton.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at five things we’ve learned from all the action over the weekend.
Gunners march on as Liverpool falter again
Arsenal set another milestone as they battled for a hard-earned 3-2 win over Liverpool and reclaimed first place from Manchester City. It’s now just one loss all season – and no draw – for Mikel Arteta’s burgeoning side, who continue to answer the toughest questions and give Gunners fans real hope they can mount a sustained title challenge. For Liverpool fans, however, they are 14 points off pace after another league defeat and look far from contenders.
Ronaldo makes more history
After getting back on track with a Europa League win at Omonia Nicosia on Thursday night at Omonia Nicosia, Erik ten Hag’s side were looking to continue after last weekend’s derby demolition against neighbors City. Cristiano Ronaldo missed an opportunity to set another impressive personal milestone in Cyprus when he hit a post with a chance he would normally finish calmly. However, any hints that Ronaldo’s eye had been taking his eye off the ball with continued speculation about his future were quickly dispelled just before the break at Goodison Park when he coolly scored the club’s number 700 goal after being substituted off the bench.
city not only Erling
Manchester City beat Southampton 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to keep the pressure on at the top of the table. All the pre-match hype revolved around how many goals Erling Haaland would score after scoring back-to-back hat-tricks in his last two home Premier League games. One ended up being the Norwegian frontman, who added to his tally – which now stands at 20 for City in all competitions. But with Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez also ready to concede goals, opposition defenses can’t easily keep tabs on where the prolific Norwegian might appear next.
Potter down to his old tricks
Graham Potter may only have been at Chelsea for a couple of games, but there are many signs it will be a smooth transition of power. A hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace – never an easy place – was followed by back-to-back 3-0 victories over first-placed AC Milan in the Champions League and then the unmanaged Wolves. Tougher challenges await the former Brighton boss but given the nature of the deep-seated Potter’s start, he could be in it for the long haul.
Pressure back on Rodgers
No sooner had the beleaguered Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers allowed himself hope that his side had come around the corner with a 4-0 win against East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest on Monday night when the bubble burst with one 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth – and after taking the lead. Rodgers remains defiant that he is the right man to move the club forward, but how much longer owners will give him now that fans are already restless remains to be seen.
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