The Premier League season is now in full swing. The majority of teams have played seven matches this season and we are approaching the ten game mark - when the table begins to take shape.
With eight fixtures taking place on Saturday, we take a look at five major talking points from the action.
United go top
Man United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Sunderland. It was an efficient performance and there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
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Anthony Martial continues to impress, as does Juan Mata. Memphis Depay scored his first league goal, and Wayne Rooney finally ended his goal drought in the league; netting from close range after Martial’s hard work down the right.
To cap off a fine afternoon, a win for United after Man City’s emphatic defeat at White Hart Lane means the Red Devils sit atop the league table for the first time since the final game of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
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Kane finally scores as Spurs run riot
Tottenham Hotspur's demolition of Man City on Saturday afternoon was undoubtedly the biggest shock of the weekend. Before this clash, City boasted an impressive league record against Spurs.
Indeed, City were the first to strike when Kevin De Bruyne - though marginally offside – finished after great work from Yaya Toure. Despite this, City looked far from their best, and visibly missed the presence of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
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Eric Dier equalized before halftime after another questionable offside call from the match officials, who endured a difficult afternoon. Toby Alderweireld headed Spurs in front early in the second half, and things got progressively worse for City.
There was a hint of luck about Harry Kane’s goal, but he won’t care. The ball bounced to Kane after Christian Eriksen’s fierce free-kick struck the post, and Kane dispatched the rebound into an empty net.
The goal stood, despite replays showing that Kane was clearly offside, and it finally ended a 12 hour goal drought for the striker.
Chelsea struggle again
Chelsea failed to capitalise on City’s miserable afternoon, and required a late fight-back to draw 2-2 at St. James’ Park, against a spirited Newcastle United side.
Once again, Chelsea looked a shadow of the side that won the title last year, and looked indecisive at the back, in particular.
Kurt Zouma got the nod over John Terry once again, but the young centre-back endured a difficult afternoon.
Newcastle struck first through a clever finish by Ayoze Perez, before Georginio Wijnaldum doubled their advantage with a second half header, after eluding Cesc Fabregas far too easily from a corner.
Chelsea dug deep and substitute Ramires scored a cracker from 25-yards, before a late Willian free kick evaded everyone to make it 2-2.
Despite the spirited fight back, Chelsea must improve dramatically if they are to retain their crown.
A much needed win for Liverpool
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Anfield. It was an entertaining game, and a much needed win for both Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers.
Once again, the Reds looked vulnerable at the back, and Rodgers will be annoyed to have conceded two sloppy goals.
Still, there were plenty of positives. James Milner scored his first goal for the club, and provided an assist for another. Philippe Coutinho shone as usual, providing two assists.
Daniel Sturridge scored two excellent goals, and his return will give Liverpool a massive boost.
From a Villa perspective, fans will be delighted to see Rudy Gestede on the scoresheet again. He scored twice on Saturday to keep Villa in the game, after scoring the winner midweek against fierce rivals Birmingham City in the cup.
Sanchez stars in Arsenal win
Arsenal beat Leicester 5-2 after a thrilling encounter at the King Power stadium. Jamie Vardy continued his impressive form with two goals, but he was outdone by Alexis Sanchez, who netted a hat-trick.
The Chilean had failed to score this season for Arsenal, but he ended his drought emphatically. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also found the net in this action packed game.
Sanchez appears to have rediscovered his goal-scoring touch, and Arsenal now find themselves just three points off league leaders Manchester United, with the sides coming face-to-face next weekend.
Elsewhere, Stoke beat Bournemouth 2-1, Southampton beat Swansea 3-1, while West Ham and Norwich drew 2-2.
What was your highlight on an action-packed day in the Premier League? Have your say below!
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