It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the return of top-flight football. After a twelve week break, the PL kicked-off with a seven-goal thriller. Friday night fright night was most definitely an eventful evening, where Xhaka the midfield enforcer set up two goals in Arsenal’s late comeback after damaging his own side more than the opposition. Losing the ball, losing his man, Xhaka still delivered a sumptuous flighted pass to pick out Aaron Ramsey, who struck the cross-shot equaliser which led to the late cavalry charge to triumph.
The goal-fest continued throughout the weekend, where Myprotein sponsored Burnley FC produced one of the weekend’s shock results, with a 3-2 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Post-match press conference showed Conte denying his team selection was premeditated to send a message to Roman. Although easy, it would be misleading to lay the blame for the Blue’s defeat on the new club’s captain Gary Cahill’s red card following a lunging tackle on Steven Defour, but that would deprive the Claret’s disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display.
Rooney marked an emotional return to Goodison Park, the stadium where he spent many years dreaming of glory. The blue-veined Toffee has started a new chapter in this famous club’s history, beginning with a winning goal for Everton at the Potteries home ground. Slimmer and trimmer than he’s ever been – Wayne worked relentlessly alongside new striker, Sandro to secure a 1-0 win.
Newly promoted Huddersfield made an unforgettable start to their PL return. The Terriers romped to a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace in Frank de Boer’s first game in charge of the Eagles. Strengthened by over 3000 away fans, the Yorkshire side doubled their advantage when Mounie powerfully nodded in after Jorgensen’s header flew in off Palace’s defender, Ward.
For many teams, the concept of ‘defending’ was as baffling as the Carabo Cup draw. In a dramatic 3-3 draw where Watford led twice, Jurgen Klopp bemoaned Hornet’s offside equaliser at Vicarage Road, while Philippe Coutinho remains ‘injured’. The travelling Kop were in full voice after a slick move started and netted by Sadio Mane brought them level on 29 minutes. After the half-time whistle, Liverpool slipped into fifth gear where Mohammad Salah was brought down in the box and Roberto Firmino nets a penalty – must have been the half-time Pulse V4.
Big spending Manchester City may have spent +£200m but used every penny to beat Premier League newcomers at the Amex Stadium. The Citizens denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their PL debut, where Sergio Aguero opened the scoring before Lewis Dunk’d an own goal, sealing a 2-0 victory for the blues. Maybe Hughton should take note from Guardiola and supplement his playing squad with Focus and Energy capsules.
Manchester United took the league’s return to a 31 goal total in only 10 games. The Red’s latest addition, Romelu Lukaku starts his £75m payback with a debut brace against The Hammers. In the 4-0 rout of West Ham United, the mere destroyer (Matic) won loose balls, cut out stray passes, showed his taste for a forceful tackle and set a new standard – a bit like Thewhey.
All in all, there are another 9 months of the season left to play, so even if the events of the last few days left you fearing annihilation, just be thankful you haven’t received a £300k fine for having an extra rest day.