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Premier League - Football: Review

18 September 2022 12:24:42 EST
Mikel Arteta's side eased to victory at Brentford on Sunday.

It was another good weekend in the Premier League for north London and the blue half of Manchester with all three sides winning to maintain their excellent starts to the season.

Arsenal sit top of the table after a comfortable 3-0 win against Brentford on Sunday afternoon - easily getting past the Bees as Mikel Arteta's side responded well to losing their 100% start to the season.

They are a point clear of defending champions Manchester City and Tottenham who secured victories against Wolves and Leicester respectively on Saturday afternoon.

City are still looking strong to win their seventh Premier League title and are priced at 1.33 with Arsenal and Tottenham rated at 11.00 and 15.00 respectively.

City already coasting

The scary thing about Manchester City's easy saunter at Wolves on Saturday was that they weren't even at their sparkling best - they simply did more than enough to get the better of Bruno Lage's side.

It almost seemed like the result was wrapped up inside the first minute when Jack Grealish's close-range finish immediately disrupted Wolves' game plan.

Erling Haaland scored yet another goal to add to his already bulging collection with a low shot from the edge of the area before Phil Foden's delicate flick to the far corner put the cherry on the cake in the second half.

Even though City have dropped four points this season, it is difficult to make a case for anyone else. They have by far the strongest squad even with some players out injured and Pep Guardiola can make substitutions without significantly weakening his side.

The champions face Manchester United, Southampton and Liverpool in the next three Premier League games - maximum points and the title race might be over, psychologically at least.

Son proves class is permanent

Heung-min Son was the joint top scorer in the Premier League last season and looked like a player at the absolute peak of his powers.

His combination work with Harry Kane was a big reason why they ended up finishing in the top four and Antonio Conte will have expected to see more of the same.

While Kane had started the season on fire, Son has fired blanks and he was named on the bench on Saturday.

However, he displayed the resilience and maturity that has seen him become a real favourite of fans over the years with a brilliant off-the-bench hat-trick.

Two brilliant long-range curlers saw him finally celebrate this season while luck was on his side as VAR overruled the linesman's flag to hand him his hat-trick goal. Son can now look forward to the rest of the season with real confidence.

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Leicester are in big trouble

The Foxes' confidence was brittle enough heading to Spurs on Saturday but a six-goal mauling has only increased the pressure on Brendan Rodgers further.

All their financial issues were well-documented in the summer with the departures of Kasper Schmeichel and Wesley Fofana signalling an atmosphere of discontent behind the scenes.

The 2016 champions are still awaiting their first win of the season and have lost each of the last six games.

Rodgers is vowing not to quit but the owners might be getting slightly tetchy at the thought of relegation - unthinkable for a squad which, while it was in need of refreshing, still has a lot of talent.

Defensively, they looked a total mess and set-pieces are becoming a real issue for Leicester, who are available at 2.87 to be relegated.

The international break will offer the powers that be a chance to take stock and it is perfectly plausible for a new manager to be in place by the time they face Nottingham Forest in a crucial East Midlands derby on Monday 3rd October.

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O'Neil gives himself a great chance of Cherries job

After Scott Parker was dismissed as Bournemouth manager following their 9-0 annihilation at the hands of Liverpool, the caretaker job may have seemed like something of a poisoned chalice.

However, a run of three games unbeaten with five points being won has certainly lifted the Cherries - there will now be genuine belief they can avoid the drop following rock-bottom at Anfield.

New American investors are coming to the club and O'Neil will be keen to impress with a new era on the horizon, and he is certainly auditioning for the role very well indeed.

They are 2.50 to avoid relegation to the Championship.

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