These are five things we learnt from games played in the match-day 6 of the 2016/2017 Premier League season.
Manchester United 4 Vs Leicester City 1: Top four the target for Mourinho
Jose Mourinho’s men bounced back from two Premier League defeats to thrash champions Leicester City 4-1 at Old Trafford. Mourinho succumbed to popular opinions to leave out Wayne Rooney from the team and included Ander Herrera which gave Paul Pogba the needed freedom to dominate.
Mourinho is on his way to finding his strongest XI and when he does the results will be better. Talks of a title challenge are a bit far off with the present team, top four is the realistic target for Manchester United.
Liverpool 5 Vs Hull City 1: Klopp's defence the only worry
Liverpool showed what they are capable of once again with their 5-1 demolition of Hull City. Jurgen Klopp's men have been impressive so this season especially in attack. They way the team attacks with pace and precision will trouble teams this season but the only worry is the defence. While the attack is world class, midfield also a little bit above average, their defence is still a huge doubt.
Swansea 1 Vs Manchester City 3: We are waiting for City’s bad patch
Manchester City have blown everyone on their part this season and talks of a quadruple have started. Pep Guardiola has come in and quickly arranged a settled squad that is playing the best football in the Premier League so far.
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But I’m still sceptical. We have seen Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United struggle at some points this season and make no mistake, it will be City’s turn too. Kevin de Bryune, their best player so far this season is four weeks out with injury, how they cope in his absence and when they are out of form will tell more about them.
Middlesbrough 1 Vs Tottenham 2: Spurs might be the surprise package
Leicester City to the shock of almost everyone ran away with the Premier League title last season. Tottenham showed against Middlesbrough that they can be the surprise package of this season. Without star striker Harry Kane, Spurs did well to get the result at the Riverside Stadium. They showed enough urgency and compactness that really impressed me.
There is something about this Spurs, they just won’t go away. Much of the talks have been about City’s form under Guardiola, United’s Mourinho, Liverpool’s impressive wins and Arsenal’s new found resilience.
Tottenham, however, might be the surprise package.
Arsenal 3 Vs Chelsea 0: Gunner’s title hopes rest on Arsene Wenger’s decisions
Arsenal blew Chelsea away at the Emirate 3-0, further solidifying their claims as one of the title challengers this season. Arsenal should be taken seriously this season. Wenger did well in the transfer window and now has his best squad in years- the best in the Premier League this season.
Francis Coquelin got injured in the first half and £35m summer signing, Granit Xhaka replaced him. Last season it would have been either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini. That shows how strong they are now.
The players are there, the fans are ready, all their title hopes now rest on Wenger. He has to be tactically on top of his game, rotate players well to avoid injuries and make the right substitutions. Arsenal title hopes rest on Wenger’s decisions.