Sep. 26, 2019
Premier League Week 5: 5 things we learned
1: Man City are beatable after all!
Norwich City sprung a shock result Saturday evening by beating Man City at Carrow Road. They played brilliantly. Pukki was his usually frenetic self and showed his class,in setting up Cantwell for the first with a deceitful pass that was expected to be a shot, and his composure,after capitalising on a City defensive mishap to score. Taking nothing away from Norwich but City were the architects of their own downfall. Poorly defended set piece led to the first goal. Fragmentation on the defensive line led to the second. Otamendi being lax led to the third. Aguero had chances which on most days you would expect him to put away. The major concern for them has to be the lack of defensive solidity. Otamendi and Stones looked like strangers and they were cut open due to dilly dallying on the ball and lack of defensive shape. Considering Laporte is out for 6 months they are most definitely ruing not replacing Kompany now!
2: Tammy Abraham is on fire!
He launched himself to joint top of the scoring charts, Aguero also has 7, with his hat-trick on Saturday. His confidence is clearly brimming and the way in which he completed his hat-trick was particularly emphatic. After carrying the ball 10 yards to the edge of the box he was one on one with Coady and he left him for dead with a brilliant piece of skill before finishing expertly from a tight angle into the far corner. Clearly Abraham is the real deal and may be able to fix that problem area that's been there since Diego Costa left.
3: Arsenal have some serious defensive problems!
Although this problem has been evident since the start of the season it seems to be getting worse. Leading 2-0 Sokratis makes a suicidal pass after a goal kick which leads to a Watford goal. Then David Luiz gives away the most blatant penalty you will ever see and just like that the two lead is blown and two points dropped. Watford had no right to get anything from that match but Arsenal blew it. The worse part about it was how avoidable those goals were and it's hard to legislate how Emery can stop these types of errors in the future.
4: Spurs bounce back!
Spurs delivered a long awaited professional performance with their 4-0 win over Palace. They looked at ease and in their element if nothing else and performed to the standards we would expect of them on a regular basis which we have not been seeing enough recently. Hopefully for them they can push on from this and continue to win.
5: Sadio Mane might be the best player in the league right now!
He produced another brilliant performance against Newcastle scoring twice. The first being a phenomenal finish to the right top corner from the left corner of the box. The thing was you never expected him to miss either. His all round play was excellent on the day and the PFA player of the year race looks like being a two horse between himself and De Bruyne.