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Premier League weekend: Five things we learned

Another pulsating weekend of action has come and gone leaving us all hungrier than ever for more!  The Premier League once again let nobody down and continued on its course to be one of the most entertaining seasons in recent memory. Here’s a look at things we learned from this weekend’s games.

Hazard looks like he’s ready to join the elite

Liverpool fans will be unanimous in their relief that they can now avoid playing against Eden Hazard for a while. The little Belgian maestro has been in inspired form for Chelsea and was once again on the scoresheet against Liverpool.  Hazard looks hungrier than ever and ready to inspire his side with his efforts as they continue to do well under Sarri.

The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge was a terrific game for the neutrals as both; as yet unbeaten sides went to for it on Saturday tea time.  Hazard was menacing and quick, as his ceaseless, clever movement kept Liverpool on their toes.  He will though need his teammates to chip in a bit more if Chelsea are to genuinely challenge on several fronts this season; they look a little over-reliant on him already.  Liverpool were excellent value for their point and will be likely the happier side with the result when all said and done.

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Arsenal showing encouraging signs of life

You have to say, Unai Emery is a brave, but very ambitious manager.  The size of the task facing him at The Emirates would likely put off many of his peers out there, however, the 46-year-old looks as though he is really throwing himself into the role.  Perhaps we are now starting to see the fruits of that hard work and enthusiasm, as Arsenal recorded a fifth straight win against an impressive looking Watford side.

Good as Watford have been early on, there will be sterner tests this season for Arsenal, but they did manage to absorb quite a lot of pressure from Watford before hurting the Hornets with their superior firepower.  Five wins from seven games is a decent enough recent for a new manager having to work out some serious weaknesses in his side.  You’d still fancy them to be exposed against the better teams out there, but at least the Arsenal players are showing signs that they can turn a corner with Emery.

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United lacking fight and spirit

It’s hard to remember a Manchester United performance as lacking and as lifeless as the shift they put in at The London Stadium on Saturday’s early kickoff.  In fairness to Mourinho, he came out speaking well after yet another week of drama and conflict with Paul Pogba. However, it’s a problem that now looks to have totally engulfed the Portuguese manager.

For the first time, there was real visible proof that some of these United players were just not running the lines for their manager.  Pogba failed to impose himself on the game and the entire eleven on the pitch look lethargic and disinterested throughout, even when they got back in the game with Rashford’s cheeky back heel.  It will hurt their proud fans to see their players playing so flatly and without inspiration, it’s a situation that cannot go on.  Full credit to West Ham though, they were outstanding on the day and look like they are improving with all the time under Pellegrini.

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Wolves look ready to push for a European place

It proved to be another day and yet another impressive performance by the men in old gold, who are really looking up for it this season.  Wolves battered Southampton and despite the scoreline, it could easily have been four or five on another day.

Rarely has a side come up from The Championship with such a quality squad full of confidence and with a desire to play some lovely attacking football.  The cynics will say they have spent plenty of money, but as QPR fans will tell you, that is no guarantee of success.  Wolves look a side ready to challenge for a place in European competition and have such audacity, quality and belief that it just might get them there.  Southampton were poor in fairness, but twelve points from seven games for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side is a perhaps better than even he dared to believe.

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Spurs have found the grind, to get back to winning ways

After a shaky couple of results for Pochettino, he will be relieved that his side have managed to chisel out a couple of hard-fought victories to push themselves back into the top four.  They have done what they really had to do and dug deep to find victories when previously they had looked very dodgy indeed.

Their victory in West Yorkshire on Saturday was far from them at their brilliant best, but with Harry Kane starting to fire again, they will also have a massive chance of winning any football match.  Back in the top four and just two points behind Chelsea, they will surely be brimming with confidence once again, even if they have had to win ugly in a couple of games.  Things could get tasty in North London with Arsenal breathing down their necks as well.

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