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Premier League - Football: Review

02 October 2022 15:25:33 EST

Both Arsenal and Manchester City continued their near-perfect starts to the Premier League season with vital and morale-boosting derby victories, while at the bottom end of the table, Wolves are looking for a new manager.

The weekend began at the Emirates where Arsenal overcame Tottenham to prolong Spurs' miserable Premier League record in the North London derby away from home.

Goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka gave the Gunners their seventh win in eight matches while Spurs lost their unbeaten record.

Then on Sunday, City humiliated rivals Manchester United to go within a point of Arsenal as hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden stunned the Red Devils.

Even though they are a point adrift of Arsenal, Pep Guardiola's men have looked sensational this season.

Haaland looking unstoppable once again

Three hat-tricks in three home games for Erling Haaland. The Norwegian star is already producing numbers that belong in the stratosphere.

Looking at his performances early in the season, it is hard to see any weaknesses in his game. Lots of his goals have been poacher's finishes in the box, but he also grabbed two assists on Sunday in setting up Phil Foden, who grabbed a hat trick of his own, to show there is more to his game than just scoring.

He is monstrously strong and lightning quick, meaning even the world's best central defenders will have trouble stopping him.

As it stands, he looks almost certain to break the record for number of goals in a 38-game Premier League season - that stands at 32 with Mo Salah in 2017-18. Haaland is already on 14 goals after just eight games.

Pep Guardiola's men looked irresistible last season. Now, they have added essentially a cheat code headstart up front - a scary prospect for anyone else.

Although still second in the table, it really is hard to foresee anyone else winning the title if City go on as they are - they are currently priced at 1.20 to win the title with Haaland 1.14 to win the Golden Boot.

Gunners prove big-game mettle against Spurs

Arsenal had won six of seven games heading into their contest against Tottenham with the only defeat arguably coming in the "big game" of that stretch - away to Manchester United.

Mikel Arteta's side have enjoyed a great start to the season but they have largely been facing teams at the lower end of the table. Questions still need to be answered about their ability to play the big boys in the Premier League.

They were answered in resounding fashion on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to their arch rivals.

Thomas Partey's long-range strike gave Arsenal the lead before Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot.

The Gunners stuck to their task, however, and retook the lead early in the second half as summer signing Gabriel Jesus - a Premier League title winner himself - scored after a Hugo Lloris mistake.

Granit Xhaka, a man reborn in this Arsenal team, scored the third and Arsenal had more than enough to hold on against a Spurs team who went down to ten men, thanks to Emerson Royal's red card.

The big games keep coming for Arsenal as they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates next week - win that game and they might be regarded as the real deal. Arsenal are priced at 2.50 while Liverpool are available at 2.62, with the draw at 3.60.

Is the Portuguese experiment over at Wolves?

A large part of Wolves' success over the past five years has been their relationship with agent Jorge Mendes, who has been able to help big Portuguese stars arrive at Molineux.

However, despite a 10th-place finish last year, they ended the season with no win in their last seven games and that poor form carried over to this season - yielding just one win in eight so far.

On Sunday, following a dismal 2-0 defeat at West Ham, Bruno Lage was sacked as manager with fans unhappy at the perceived negative style of play (just three goals have been scored by Wolves this season).

It will now be interesting to see where Wolves go from here - whether they stick to the strategy of going Portuguese or they navigate a different path.

Avoiding relegation is the key aim moving forward and they are 4.00 to go down while 1.22 is the price for their survival.

De Zerbi makes fast start

Replacing Graham Potter at Brighton was not going to be an easy task after the former Seagulls boss was announced as Chelsea's new manager last month.

De Zerbi, who had previous strong spells with Benevento and Sassuolo in his native Italy, was the left-field choice but Brighton certainly didn't look weakened at Anfield on Saturday.

They came away with a 3-3 draw thanks to Leandro Trossard's hat-trick and perhaps should have won the game but for some sloppy finishing in the first half.

De Zerbi will hope to get his first win at home to Spurs on Saturday and Brighton are 2.80 with Spurs 2.50 and the draw 3.40.

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