Manchester United 4-0 Bournemouth Manchester City maintained their perfect Premier League start with a dominant 4-0 win at the Etihad ...
Manchester City maintained their perfect Premier League start with a dominant 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium against AFC Bournemouth.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured City’s eighth successive win – an unprecedented feat for the club at the start of a season – since Guardiola took charge.
The only downside for City was the sending-off of Nolito for aiming a headbutt at Adam Smith in the 86th minute, but the performance as a whole was highly impressive.
Guardiola’s men were commanding in possession and scintillating on the counter-attack. The Spaniard is threatening to mould a highly talented squad into something even greater than the sum of their parts.
From the back, where Aleksandar Kolarov again looked composed at centre-half, to a forward line formidable even without the suspended Sergio Aguero, City were magnificent and too strong for Bournemouth.
Leicester City 3-0 Burnley
Record signing Islam Slimani capped a dream Premier League debut as his brace powered Leicester to a 3-0 victory over Burnley.
The Algeria striker scored either side of the break to clinch a 3-0 win and seal a wonderful week after the Foxes’ debut Champions League victory at Club Brugge.
Ben Mee’s own goal wrapped up the win for the Foxes who played with the swagger which saw them romp to the title last season.
Slimani, a £29million signing from Sporting Lisbon, added the brute force to international team-mate Riyad Mahrez’s trickery as the pair put Burnley to the sword.
The Clarets fell asleep to allow Slimani to score before and after the break and Steven Defour wasted their best chance in the first half.
The Foxes were coming off the back of Wednesday’s historic 3-0 win at Club Brugge and manager Claudio Ranieri had warned his side their European success could not be used as an excuse for a poor performance against the Clarets.
Hull City 1-4 Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez scored twice, either side of having a penalty saved, as Arsenal eased to a 4-1 victory over 10-man Hull at the KC Stadium.
Sanchez and the Gunners continued their fine record against the Tigers as Arsene Wenger’s side won a third straight Premier League match for the first time since December.
The north Londoners were far from convincing in a midweek Champions League draw at Paris St Germain, just days after fortuitously overcoming Southampton, but matters were far more comprehensive at the KCOM Stadium.
Hull have only beaten the Gunners once since 1915 and that poor run was extended on Saturday, with Sanchez’s double helping to secure a 4-1 win against a City side who were reduced to 10 men just before the break after Jake Livermore was sent off.
Sanchez has now scored six goals in five matches in all competitions against the Tigers, and got the first of Saturday’s contest early on after directing home an Alex Iwobi shot.
Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic should have done better in the build-up to the opener, but went some way to making amends by denying Sanchez from the spot-kick that followed Livermore’s handball.
The midfielder-cum-defender was perhaps harshly sent off and Arsenal capitalised 10 minutes after half-time, with Theo Walcott collecting a clever flick by the impressive Iwobi to clip home. Harry Maguire could only help the goal-bound ball into his own net.
Robert Snodgrass reduced the deficit late on when referee Roger East awarded a penalty, but Sanchez rifled home and substitute Granit Xhaka opened his account in stunning fashion as Arsenal became the first away side to win six competitive matches at the KCOM Stadium.
West Brom 4-2 West Ham
West Brom recorded their first PL win since the first day of the season with a 4-2 victory which piled on more misery for West Ham.
In the first game since West Brom announced that a takeover by Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited – led by Guochuan Lai – had been completed, defeat might have left Tony Pulis, with speculation surrounding his future prior to kick-off, on the brink.
West Brom surged into a four-goal lead through Nacer Chadli, superb on his home debut, Salomon Rondon, James McClean and Chadli once more finding the target.
West Ham, who have now conceded 11 goals in their last three Premier League matches, replied with Michail Antonio’s header and a Manuel Lanzini penalty but never looked like completing the unlikely comeback.