Premier League 21-22 Round 3 is a review of the third weekend of matches in the 30th edition of the Premier League, season 2021 – 2022. A feature where Power of Pop returns to a sports focus – viz. football – in our musings on pop culture. This weekly review will feature our observations of the various encounters amongst the twenty English clubs that make up the Premier League.
Manchester City 5 Arsenal 0
Not a good time to be an Arsenal fan. Unprecedented abysmal start to the season sees firmly at the bottom of the table with zero goals and points.
Frankly, Citeh barely broke sweat taking an early two-goal lead before Gooner skipper Xhaka decided to take himself out of the equation, getting a red card for a reckless, two-footed challenge. Game over effectively and it was all damage control after that.
Nothing is decided at the end of August but things are looking ominous for Arsenal manager Arteta.
Aston Villa 1 Brentford 1
The Bees continuing to demonstrate that they are going to make the most of their return to the top flight. Nothing much else to shout about in this game, except to question whether Villa is truly in the 2nd tier or 3rd?
Brighton 0 Everton 2
Efficient win for the Toffees with goals from Gray and Calvert-Lewin (pen) sealing the points. But what was more dramatic was Richarlison’s refusal to give up the ball to the appointed penalty taker! Very silly.
Newcastle 2 Southampton 2
Late drama at St. James Park, after Saint-Maximin had appeared to snatch the three points at the death, only for Saints to be awarded a disputed penalty a minute or so later which Ward-Prowse duly dispatched. Heartbreak for the long-suffering Toon Army.
Norwich 1 Leicester 2
The Foxes bounced back from the West Ham defeat to condemn the Canaries to a winless start to the season. Ironically, Norwich’s Man Utd loanee Williams – hailed as one of the best Scottish prospects in years – was responsible for both goals conceded by his team. Them’s the breaks.
West Ham United 2 Crystal Palace 2
Conor Gallagher – Palace’s Chelsea loanee (they’re everywhere, believe us) – grabbed the headlines with his two well-taken goals which provided his current team with an unlikely point at the home of the highflying Hammers. Certainly the acquisition of Zouma from Chelsea (them again) will help to shore up the Hammers’ defence to avoid being pegged back like this in the future.
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
Critics may be hailing Chelsea’s 2nd half defensive resilience but we rather focus on the manner in which Chelsea players responded to the critical moment when James was sent off for a clear goal line handball clearance. Brought back memories of John Terry and co harassing referees in the bad old days – but cheating and gamesmanship is part of the Chelsea DNA ever since Roman took over. Pathetic.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Watford 0
Fab weekend for every Spurs fan – Spurs are on TOP and the Arsenal are at the BOTTOM! A dream start. 1-0 was just enough to see off #Watford, Hugo Lloris was again not really troubled, a testament to the shield in front of him. Felt Dele was MOTM – he is truly developing into a quality box-to-box player while Sissoko demonstrated WHY he was sold.
Wolves 0 Manchester United 1
Over at the Midlands, United conducted a smash and grab exercise on hapless Wolves – will they ever score this season? Once more, Traore proved that he would be a waste of money to sign – NO END PRODUCT!
Burnley 1 Leeds United 1
Elsewhere it was even stevens between Burnley and Leeds!
And that wraps up Premier League 21-22 Round 3. We return in mid-September after the international break. In the meantime, check out our reviews of Premier League 21-22.
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