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Premier League Awards: Rice’s rescue act saves Arsenal

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the weekend.

Hat-trick heroes, VAR drama and more were the talking points of another brilliant weekend of Premier League football. Manchester City remain the table-toppers after a perfect start to the Premier League campaign, but Arsenal, Liverpool, Brighton, West Ham and Spurs remain in close pursuit after wins this weekend.

Nottingham Forest sprang the surprise of the weekend with a win at Chelsea, while Sheffield United and Everton played out an entertaining contest in an early season six-pointer at Bramall Lane.

Premier League Awards for Gameweek 4:

Moment of the Week

Mikel Arteta broke Arsenal’s transfer record to sign Declan Rice this summer, a deal designed to take the Gunners to the next level. Rice repaid some of that investment with his first major moment in an Arsenal shirt, as the midfielder fired home a dramatic winner against Manchester United.

Arsenal had looked set to drop points for the second time this season, in a potentially devastating blow to their title hopes this season. With 95 minutes and 43 seconds on the clock, Rice fired an effort under Andre Onana, the latest winner ever scored in a Premier League fixture between the old rivals.

There was still time for Gabriel Jesus to score another for Arsenal, in a bonkers ending that sent the Emirates into pandemonium.



Player of the Week

Brighton have raked in some massive fees in recent transfer windows, and in Evan Ferguson the Seagulls appear to be sat on another goldmine.

The 18-year-old introduced himself to the division’s defences last season and reached 10 goals in the Premier League with a hat-trick against Newcastle this weekend. Newcastle had no answer to the Irishman’s instinctive finishing, as Ferguson fired home three goals to inflict a third straight defeat on Eddie Howe’s side.

Only Michael Owen (28), Wayne Rooney (15) and Francis Jeffers (12) have scored more Premier League goals before their 19th birthday than Ferguson, who still has time to add to his total before blowing out the candles on his cake next month.

Brighton have unearthed some serious talent in recent years, but Ferguson’s ceiling might just the the highest yet.

Goal of the Week

Dominik Szoboszlai arrived at Liverpool with a reputation for scoring bangers.

It’s taken just four games for the Hungarian to open his account, and what a way to do it.

Miss of the Week

It’s not quite happened for Kai Havertz at Arsenal, with the jury out on the £65m summer signing.

This swing and miss against Manchester United perhaps summed up his time in north London so far.

Nicolas Jackson and Keane Lewis-Potter deserve dishonourable mentions here.

Save of the Week

Jordan Pickford has produced some clutch moments to preserve Everton’s Premier League status across the last two seasons. It’s too early to make any bold predictions this time around, but should Sean Dyche’s side survive once again, this might just be looked back at as a pivotal moment.

Stat of the Week

Match balls all round in the Premier League this weekend.

Tweet of the Week

You have to admit, James Black did a good job with the song.

Quote of the Week

Ian Wright talking a whole lot of sense.

There’s not much more tedious than VAR incompetency and we’ve had plenty of it in the Premier League once again this weekend. Yawn.

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