It’s been an exhilarating start to the Premier League season and things look to be really shaping up as the title race looks set to be as tight as ever.
The top flight has only seen one main battle for title success close fight for the trophy in the past few seasons campaigns, and even when champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool finished a point apart in 2018/19 they were in a league of their own, and miles ahead of the rest.
Liverpool are currently top, although Brighton could produce a shock and move into first position if they claim three points against Crystal Palace on Monday night, and Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all tied on 13 points.
Tottenham have continued their fall from grace, as they were humiliated in for the third successive Premier League game, and things still aren’t looking good for Southampton, Norwich, Newcastle, Burnley and Leeds, who are still without a win.
Here Mirror Football rounds up all the action from week five of the Premier League.
1. Kane becoming a problem for Tottenham
Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham
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The England skipper and Tottenham talisman was denied a big-money move in the summer and is yet to score in the league this season, and his display against Arsenal was a far cry from the sort of performances the club’s fans are used to.
He also missed a first-half chance and was culpable for Arsenal’s third goal, as he trod on the ball to gift the hosts possession before inadvertently playing in Bukayo Saka to score as he tried to make amends.
Some Spurs fans vented their anger at Kane at full time, and while he was far from the only player to under-perform, his mood looks that of a player who would rather be elsewhere.
Tottenham played hard ball in keeping him at the club, but the current Kane is not the one who has scored 224 goals for Spurs and fans are now starting to question the decision not to cash in on the team’s most valuable asset and use the money to start revamping a squad that looks incapable of challenging for trophies.
2. Last minute penalty for Fernandes?
Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa
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There has been much debate as to who will be Manchester United’s penalty taker this season, and after Bruno Fernandes’s dramatic last-gasp miss in his side’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, he may not take another for a while.
When Kortney Hause was adjudged to have handled the ball deep into stoppage time at Old Trafford on Saturday, all eyes were on Fernandes and compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, with both candidates to take the spot kick.
Fernandes grabbed the ball and never so much as glanced back at Ronaldo, who could only look on as Fernandes missed just his second Premier League penalty. The chances of Ronaldo taking the next one increased tenfold after that.
“Cristiano has probably scored more penalties than anyone else in world football,” coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added. “We have two great takers there, it is just a missed opportunity today.”
3. Liverpool defence exposed by Brentford
Brentford 3-3 Liverpool
Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against newcomers Brentford was a superb spectacle for neutrals, but will worry Jurgen Klopp.
His side, which had conceded only once in the first five league games of the season, suddenly looked vulnerable against Brentford’s high-octane, direct attacking play.
“A wild, wild game,” Klopp said. “Obviously we struggled tonight with their long balls. I was not too happy with how we started the game and that’s how we conceded the goal, a little bit. It was a situation we could have been more organised.”
Brentford’s display might just be the blueprint for managers seeking to knock Klopp’s side out of their stride.
4. Tuchel for once found waiting
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
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Having won his three previous encounters with City counterpart Pep Guardiola, it appeared Tuchel had the Spaniard’s number, but his defensive tactics were exposed on Saturday as City deservedly won 1-0 thanks to a Gabriel Jesus goal.
An overly-cautious Chelsea, who at times seemed to be playing with eight defenders on the pitch, did not register a shot on target and record signing Romelu Lukaku was isolated in attack as City dominated and could have won by more.
It was only once City had made the breakthrough did Chelsea even attempt to provide service for Lukaku, but by this point it appeared already too late.
5. Jimenez goal a heartening sight for Wolves
Southampton 0-1 Wolves
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After five games without a goal, there were doubts as to whether the Mexican had got over the trauma of a skull fracture that sidelined him for most of last season.
However, after his sensational solo effort his joy was evident and as he removed his protective headgear at the end of the game the relief was obvious.
Wolves will hope his return will now kickstart their season, as Jimenez has finally got off the mark.
6. Moyes praises ‘special’ Antonio for West Ham winner
Leeds 1-2 West Ham
West Ham continued their bright start to the season as Michail Antonio left it late to silence Leeds at Elland Road and take all three points.
Antonio scored his fifth goal of the Premier League season and is tied in the race for the golden boot with Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy, as David Moyes continues to impress at West Ham.
Moyes actually felt Antonio looked quiet most of the match, but applauded the striker’s determination that helped him grab the last-gasp winner after West Ham came from behind to deny Marcelo Bielsa’s side their first win of the season.
The West Ham boss was asked if he would have expected anyone other than Antonio to grab the decisive winner, and Moyes said: “I wouldn’t say that with the way he played today but it’s what centre forwards do.
“They will tell you they can mis-control it and it can bobble off your leg but if you’re there to score the winner in the 90th minute that’s what makes you special.”
7. Rodgers booed by the Leicester fans
Leicester 2-2 Burnley
It hasn’t been the best start to the season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, and his Leicester team don’t appear to be performing in the same manner that we’ve been used to over the past few seasons.
Leicester have narrowly missed out on Champions League football on two occasions since Rodgers took charge, but their poor start to the season makes it increasingly likely that they will miss out again this time around.
They were held at home by a struggling Burnley side, and would have lost the match if it wasn’t for a late intervention from VAR, as Jamie Vardy scored an unusual ‘hat-trick’.
The Englishman scored both of Leicester’s goals on Saturday, but also scored the Burnley opener, putting the ball past Kasper Schmeichel and into his own net.
Leicester fans booed Rodgers for his decision to substitute summer signing Ademola Lookman, but the Northern Irishman didn’t seem too phased: “We’ve been together, what, two and three-quarters years so to, maybe, get the first boo is okay. I’ll take that after that length of time.”
8. Everton win despite injury woes
Everton 2-0 Norwich
Everton continued their excellent start to life under Rafa Bentiez, despite a large proportion of the fans not backing the club’s decision to appoint the former Liverpool boss.
The Toffees were without both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, but Andros Townsend kept up his scoring run as Norwich suffered another defeat, and remain the only side yet to register a single point after six games.
Jordan Pickford returned from his minor injury to keep a clean sheet for his side, but Benitez will be hoping that the rest of his squad can stay fit ahead of a difficult visit to Old Trafford before the international break.
Everton are currently in fifth, and have already won four out of their first six games under Benitez, who is looking to bring European football back to Goodison Park.
9. Newcastle surrender another lead
Watford 1-1 Newcastle
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Newcastle’s wait for a Premier League win continues as Sean Longstaff’s opener was cancelled out by Ismaila Sarr to share the spoils at Vicarage Road.
It was the third time this season that Steve Bruce’s side have scored first but failed to hold their lead, and Watford thought they’d snatched all three points right at the death, but Josh King’s effort was ruled out following a VAR check.
Newcastle are among five Premier League sides who are yet to win this season, but the pressure on Bruce is mounting as the lack of quality and desire in their performances are worrying the club’s supporters.
The club remains in a terrible state, with owner Mike Ashley openly wanting to sell Newcastle for a fee that appears to be unreasonable, but the Magpies are unlikely to make progress until a change of ownership occurs.
10. Brighton could go top of the Premier League
Crystal Palace ?-? Brighton… Monday 27 September – 8pm KO
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Brighton have been one of the shocks of the Premier League so far, and they could leapfrog Liverpool to go top of the table if they can beat rivals Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Graham Potter’s side have won four out of their five opening games, including an impressive 2-1 victory over Leicester last weekend, and their only defeat of the season came at home to Everton as they were beaten 2-0 by the Toffees.
Brighton’s issue last campaign was converting chances, as the Seagulls failed to take advantage of the countless opportunities created over the duration of last season, but Potter appears to have got the formula right this time around.
Although they’re unlikely to stay there, it would be some achievement for Brighton to sit top of the Premier League after six games, with some Seagulls fans wondering if their side can emulate Leicester’s famous success during the 2015/16 season.
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