Englamd’s top flight league, the English Premier League (EPL) resumed this past weekend with only 14 premier league teams in action. Last weekend, the Premier League chose to suspend games in a show of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II. While matches have resumed for Matchday 8, only 14 clubs are in action. Six will remain at home and head directly into the international break without hitting the pitch.
Some of the matches postponed include Brighton’s home game against Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Leeds’ game at Old Trafford, and Chelsea, Liverpool’s game at West London. Let’s talk about the games that were held and what a delight it was to see EPL teams in action once more.
At the start of the weekend, Southampton traveled to Villa Park to face Steven Gerard’s Aston Villa. After a quite physical match that saw 4 yellow cards shown, Villa squeezed out a scrambling goal from a corner set piece in the 40th minute, winning the match 1-0; not a world class performance from The Villans, albeit a positive result.
While Villa Park hosted Southampton, Fulham were also guests at Nottingham Forest. Fulham dominated the play and went back home with 3 goals and 3 points, leaving Nottingham Forest with 5 straight loses.
Saturday saw Wolves United host the defending Premier League winners, Manchester City at the Molineux stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side decimated their opponents, picking up three goals and Wolves picking up nothing but a red card and an embarrassing home defeat.
Heung-Min Son found the back of the net for the first time this season as Tottenham Hotspurs annihilated an embattled Leicester City 6-2. Son who had not scored a single goal in all competitions this season came on from the bench as substitute and scored a 13-minute hattrick. A beautiful moment indeed for Son but a continued misfortune for Leicester city who have failed to win a single match this season.
Arsenal faced Brentford on Sunday afternoon, seeking to break the “Manager of the month award jinx”. Their last visit to the Gtech community stadium didn’t go their way so there was a lot to prove for both the players and the manager. 3 goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and debutant Fabio Viera ensured the Gunners’ win.
Arsenel maintain their number 1 position on the table after 7 matches, for the first time in a long time. Arsenal also made history by having the youngest player to ever play in the EPL. Ethan Nwaneri at 15 years of age came on as a substitute in Arsenal’s victory against Brentford. Safe to say it feels good to be an Arsenal fan right now.