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Premier League champions Manchester City put six past Huddersfield, Brighton recorded another famous victory over Manchester United, and Chelsea edged a five-goal thriller at dwelling to London rivals Arsenal.

Elsewhere, Harry Kane ended his August aim drought as Tottenham beat Fulham, and Everton’s summer season signing Richarlison scored once more of their win over Southampton.

Bournemouth and Watford continued their profitable begins towards West Ham and Burnley respectively, whereas Leicester bounced again from an opening-day defeat to beat Wolves, and Cardiff earned a primary level of the marketing campaign against Newcastle.

However who did sufficient to make my group of the week? Learn my alternatives after which decide your individual XI.

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford: What a put it aside was by Jordan Pickford to disclaim Southampton striker Danny Ings. The Everton goalkeeper struggled to carry an preliminary shot from Cedric Soares, although it did not appear too sizzling to deal with, however reacted brilliantly.

Afterwards, Saints boss Mark Hughes insisted the England keeper ought to have been despatched off for his involvement in a 50-50 contest, which he gained, although I can not bear in mind Hughes ever pulling out of such a deal with in his lengthy, illustrious profession.

I do not know why he would count on Pickford to both. Poor present, Mark. Poor present.

Do you know? Pickford made three saves within the win towards Southampton.

Defenders – Shane Duffy, Steve Cook dinner, Benjamin Mendy

Shane Duffy: Final week, Brighton supervisor Chris Hughton was issuing verbal warnings to his gamers following their defeat at Watford. This week, the supervisor was stuffed with reward for them. On the coronary heart of Brighton’s victory over Manchester United was centre-back Shane Duffy.

The defender was excellent, significantly having misplaced his confederate Lewis Dunk by harm. Conversely, I do not assume I’ve seen Eric Bailly or Victor Lindelof play as badly in central defence as I did towards the Seagulls.

How can Manchester United look so poor in such vital positions at this stage of the season? It is horrifying.

Do you know? Duffy scored his first Premier League aim in addition to making extra blocks than another participant (two) in Brighton’s 3-2 win towards Manchester United.

Steve Cook dinner: Loyalty and continuity appear to be the secret for Bournemouth supervisor Eddie Howe, which is why it’s completely comprehensible he has caught with Steve Cook dinner – a Bournemouth participant since their days in League One.

The centre-back’s presence terrified West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna into utilizing strong-arm ways and, but, he nonetheless couldn’t cease the Cherries defender from getting his head to the ball and planting the profitable aim.

I feel it is again to the drafting board for West Ham supervisor Manuel Pellegrini.

Do you know? Cook dinner made a team-high 11 clearances for Bournemouth on the London Stadium, whereas additionally netting the profitable aim for the Cherries.

Benjamin Mendy: It’s no coincidence that Benjamin Mendy’s return to first-team motion with Manchester Metropolis is having a direct impact on Sergio Aguero’s scoring powers.

The complete-back has a transparent skill to get into superior positions utilizing his tempo and energy, whereas Aguero is benefiting from Mendy’s pinpoint crosses as a result of they’re delivered early.

There may be nothing worse than a full-back who takes three touches to get management of the ball when one ought to be sufficient.

Do you know? Mendy delivered 12 crosses from open play towards Huddersfield – probably the most of any participant this weekend.

Midfielders – Gylfi Sigurdsson, David Silva, James Maddison, Marcos Alonso

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Gylfi Sigurdsson did not set the world alight for Everton beneath Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce final season, after a big-money transfer to Goodison. Nevertheless, this season – beneath Marco Silva – he would possibly.

The Iceland worldwide was excellent towards Southampton and, for me, the most effective participant on the park. The place simply behind the striker appears to convey the most effective out of Sigurdsson and, on this event, Everton as effectively.

I simply hope Everton followers deal with Silva higher than they handled Allardyce.

Do you know? No participant created extra probabilities this weekend than Sigurdsson (six).

David Silva: After watching Manchester Metropolis demolish Huddersfield at Etihad Stadium, orchestrated by David Silva, it left me in little doubt that back-to-back Premier League titles is severely on.

Having seen Manchester United’s shambolic efficiency at Brighton, I feel Liverpool are the one group who can cease Metropolis.

United boss Jose Mourinho can say Manchester Metropolis’s fly-on-the-wall documentary lacks class however Metropolis appear to ooze class with each transfer, and the classiest of all of them is David Silva.

Do you know? The Spaniard scored his first direct free-kick aim for Manchester Metropolis of their 6-1 win towards Huddersfield.

James Maddison: I did not see numerous James Maddison within the Championship however I used to be impressed together with his efficiency towards Manchester United within the opening sport of the season.

The midfielder appeared to get his reward every week later towards Wolves together with his first Premier League aim, although I used to be a bit perturbed by Jamie Vardy’s problem on Matt Doherty.

Leicester supervisor Claude Puel claimed his centre-forward’s problem, which resulted in Vardy receiving his marching orders, was merely over-enthusiastic. Please! Scoring a aim and waving your shirt over your head is over-enthusiastic. Going right into a deal with at breakneck velocity and making contact just under the opponent’s knee is reckless.

Do you know? Maddison scored together with his solely shot of the sport. The Leicester participant has been immediately concerned in 5 targets in his previous six dwelling league video games (three targets, two assists), as many as within the earlier 24.

Marcos Alonso: It is a very totally different Chelsea beneath Maurizio Sarri than it was beneath Antonio Conte. For a begin, the Blues performed components of the sport as if they’d forgotten the way to defend.

It isn’t that way back that Chelsea had the most effective defensive file within the league and, with higher ending from Arsenal, the Gunners might have gone on to win this London derby.

Thankfully for Chelsea, Marcos Alonso was readily available to use the crowning glory to a really entertaining soccer match. Final week, towards Manchester Metropolis, I mentioned Arsenal would do effectively to complete within the high six. This efficiency towards Chelsea was a lot improved. The truth is, they deserved a draw. However I’ve not modified my place.

Do you know? Alonso supplied the help for Chelsea’s opener towards Arsenal, earlier than scoring their third in a 3-2 victory.

Forwards – Callum Wilson, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane

Callum Wilson: Callum Wilson has scored on 5 separate events towards West Ham and, after his newest efficiency towards the Hammers, I can see why. The best way he breezed previous Fabian Balbuena and Pablo Zabaleta was scary from a Hammers perspective.

Pellegrini was so shocked, as he was dissatisfied, that West Ham followers left the stadium with 10 minutes to play. He does have a degree. An terrible lot can occur on a soccer subject in 10 minutes – particularly if the followers play their half.

That mentioned, this was a rocky Hammers horror present.

Do you know? Wilson has scored in three successive league video games for the primary time since April 2015, when the Cherries have been in Championship.

Sergio Aguero: The Buenos Aires murderer is at it once more. Sergio Aguero was at his lethal greatest towards a Huddersfield aspect who appeared outgunned, outclassed and left for useless in a 6-1 drubbing.

It additionally seems like the customarily flamable relationship between supervisor Pep Guardiola and the Argentina worldwide is again to its greatest.

Aguero left the pitch to a standing ovation after scoring his 13th hat-trick for Metropolis. As he left the pitch, Guardiola sealed Aguero’s efficiency with a kiss. It does not get higher than that.

Do you know? The Argentine striker scored a hat-trick towards the Terriers from simply 4 pictures on the right track.

Harry Kane: So, Harry Kane has laid the August ghost to relaxation. Lastly, Spurs followers don’t must trouble themselves anymore with this totally ineffective statistic.

To be brutally trustworthy, Kane ought to have had a hat-trick however the aim he did rating was so unbelievably superb I did not care concerning the ones he missed.

Spurs are wanting good once more and that is all that issues proper now. Think about what it is going to be like when the brand new stadium is prepared.

Do you know? Kane’s aim was his first Premier League aim within the month of August. It took the England ahead 15 video games, 1065 minutes and 49 pictures.

Now it is your flip

You’ve got seen my picks this week. However who would you go for?

The Crooks of the matter…

Raheem Sterling’s glorious end towards Arsenal final week opened up an attention-grabbing debate.

The Manchester Metropolis star was greeted all through the match with boos and jeers, a characteristic that has adopted the younger man’s profession since his audacious departure from Liverpool, and it prompted my dear friend and BBC colleague Ian Wright to ask the query ‘why?’

I’ve met Raheem and interviewed him on quite a few events for Soccer Focus and, I need to say, I have not met many younger males who’ve impressed me fairly as a lot.

Other than his well mannered manner and welcoming smile, he possesses the identical steeliness I noticed in Cristiano Ronaldo as an 18-year-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United in the summertime of 2003

Each males have been subjected to extraordinary abuse from followers through the years, and far of that vitriol has been fuelled by many components. I bear in mind in 1998 when Diego Simeone did simply sufficient to impress David Beckham to react and get despatched off towards Argentina. England went out of the World Cup due to their incapability to take penalties – and never as a result of the midfielder was despatched off. Beckham, nonetheless, carried the can.

The abuse that adopted the Manchester United star was outrageous. Related punishment was meted out throughout John Terry’s lengthy and distinguished profession at Chelsea. The purpose is that soccer followers, so long as I can bear in mind, have at all times harboured a determine of hate. Somebody to scream and shout at and others to like and to hate. It is what defines us.

I used to be prompted by how love can so rapidly flip to hate in soccer once I lately met Sol Campbell. I had the pleasure of sharing a couple of moments with this soccer large at Stamford Bridge, shortly earlier than Chelsea took on Arsenal. No doubt probably the greatest defenders this nation has produced, he was subjected to probably the most terrible abuse by Spurs followers when he left for Arsenal in the summertime of 2001.

I bear in mind Sol being bemused by the sheer depth of their venom – nonetheless the interval was greatest described by a Tottenham fan when he mentioned: “We hate him a lot as a result of we cherished him a lot.”

Raheem Sterling is a Premier League winner with Manchester Metropolis

And that’s the level. Hate, in soccer, can so usually be wrapped up in secret admiration of a participant or a group.

What Sterling ought to do is take the abuse he’s receiving as an infinite praise.

Firstly, it will not final and, secondly, solely the easiest gamers – with the odd exception – ever obtain such consideration.

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