Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday in a thrilling encounter on Matchday 4 of the Premier League. Wearing their original black and white kit, the Red Devils took the lead thanks to a magnificent shot from Rashford (27th), before being pegged back by Ødegaard’s fine strike following a textbook move (28th). At the end of added time, Rice (90th+6), with a shot deflected in at the far post, and Gabriel Jesus (90th+11), after a lightning counter-attack and a devastating hook on Dalot, sprang up to turn the Emirates Stadium on its head. The win propels Arsenal into 5th place, six places ahead of Manchester United.
Without producing a totally convincing performance, Manchester City showed cold-blooded realism against Fulham to reclaim top spot in the league (5-1). Despite some flashes of brilliance from Jeremy Doku, starting for the first time with the Citizens, and the activity of Phil Foden, the champions struggled to threaten Bernd Leno.
Haaland scored his 40th PL goal, in his 39th game, on a favourable counter-attack (3-1, 58th). Luke Harris was not killer enough on a back-pass from Raúl Jiménez (60th), and Fulham missed their chance. Issa Diop made a superb tackle at Álvarez’s feet (64th), but the former Téfécé man did not play well when he destabilized the Argentine in the box with a charge from behind, Haaland converting the penalty without hesitation (4-1, 70th). The Norwegian even scored a hat-trick from a Sergio Gómez cross (5-1, 90th+5). The champions finished the match with just seven shots, but five on target and five on target.
Brighton overcame Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League group-stage rivals Newcastle (3-1) on Saturday as part of Matchday 4 of the Premier League. The Seagulls relied on a hat-trick from Ferguson (27th, 65th, 70th), including a classy finish on his second, to dispose of the Magpies, while Wilson (90th+2) reduced the deficit late on.
Tottenham were on show this afternoon in the sunshine at Burnley FC (2-5). Burnley are bottom of the table with three consecutive defeats and no fewer than eleven goals conceded. Ange Postecoglou’s side are provisionally runners-up to City, who beat Fulham 5-1.
Frustrated by their complicated start to the season, Vincent Kompany’s men tried to reverse the trend from the outset, pressing high up the pitch and taking maximum risks at the restart. And it paid off, as Lyle Foster rounded off a superb team move initiated by the Clarets from 30 yards (1-0, 4th). Playful as they were, the promoters were naively punished by the talent of Heung-min Son, who put the ball in the back of the net (1-1, 16th). Led by a brilliant James Maddison, Spurs took the game by the scruff of the neck, and Cristian Romero smashed a powerful shot into the top corner of the net, hitting James Trafford’s inside post (1-2, 45th+2).
Another disappointment for Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea. Despite their clear dominance, the Blues fell to Nottingham Forest (0-1) on Saturday, on Matchday 4 of the Premier League. Completely ineffective with 21 shots on target, the London club were stunned after the break by a goal from former Manchester United player Elanga (48th). With this latest setback, Chelsea are provisionally stagnating in 11th place, two places behind their rivals.