Oh Premier League football how we have missed you so... what an opening weekend it was.
Arsenal 4- Leicester 3. There were a couple of crackers... Watford 3- Liverpool 3, Chelsea 2- Burnley 3 fall closely behind the inaugural game this season. But Arsenal Leicester was a Premier League classic. End to end, great goals, horrendous defending, but what a way to kick off the season. Pure entertainment for 90+ minutes.
Stephen Ward for Burnley vs. Chelsea.
The Burnley man looked as surprised as anyone when he put Burnley 2-0 up at the Bridge. Ward took a touch to control, and then hit a sublime volley into the top corner from an impossible angle that left Courtois with absolutely no chance.
Special mention also for Lukaku's first goal for Man United. Great interception by Matic, fantastic run and ball by Rashford, and clinical first time finish from Lukaku to break his Man Utd Premier league duck.
Player of the weekend:
What a performance from the big Serbian. Matic was at the heart of everything that was good about United's performance and result against West Ham. He was a revelation at the base of United's midfield-- tenacious, aggressive, powerful, and even showing a wonderful bit of skill when jinking past a number of West Ham defenders on the touch line. He allowed the likes of Pogba, Mkhitrayan, Mata, and Rashford to push on into more dangerous areas, and looked completely at home in a United shirt. A penny for Antonio Conte's thoughts after seeing that performance especially on the back of Chelsea hitting self-destruct at the Bridge 24 hours before.
Dumbo of the weekend:
Jonjo Shelvey. Will he ever learn? The Newcastle captain was dismissed for a pathetically petulant stamp on Dele Alli, who then went on to score the game winner. Shelvey is now 25, so what could maybe be forgiven as youthful exuberance and occasional moments of madness in the past, can no longer be dismissed as such. Time to grow up Jonjo, and fast.
Moment of the weekend:
Burnley finally FINALLY getting a win on the road, and at the home of the Champions no less. Special mentions to Huddersfield for an impressive opening day victory on the road at Palace, and also for Wayne Rooney who scored the winner at Goodison on his (second) Premier League debut for Everton.
Team of the weekend:
Water-Peters Bailly Alderweireld Ward
Matic Pogba Alli
Mounie Lukaku Vokes