It was another day of Premier League action as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham were all in action.
See how they all got on below…
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CHELSEA 2-0 ARSENAL
Romelu Lukaku described his second Chelsea debut as “dominant” after scoring his first Premier League goal for the Blues as the European champions outclassed Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday.
The Belgian has returned to Stamford Bridge for a club record £97 million as the missing piece of a proven goalscorer to turn the Champions League winners into English champions.
Lukaku scored the opener before right-back Reece James took the game beyond Arsenal, but it could have been more.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have made a formidable start towards that aim with six points, five goals scored and none conceded from their opening two games of the Premier League season.
Arsenal, by contrast, have yet to register a point or score a goal as the gulf between Mikel Arteta’s men and the title contenders was exposed.
“I would say, dominant,” said Lukaku on his performance. “We knew this was a big, big game for us, everybody was watching us, and we did well.
“As an individual, I tried to help the team. I said that I wanted to add something different to the team, hopefully I did and I want to keep doing that.”
Arsenal’s miserable start to the season continued even before kick-off with £50 million signing Ben White becoming the fifth positive case for coronavirus among Arteta’s squad in the past 10 days.
And things could get even worse for the Spanish coach with a trip to defending champions Manchester City next weekend before an international break.
“I think that’s why they are the Champions League winners. They demand so much to match that level over 90 minutes,” said Arteta.
“This is one of the difficult moments you have to go through. The circumstances are really difficult, but feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t help. You have to face the criticism which is going to come.”
SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
At St Mary’s, Manchester United failed to build on last weekend’s 5-1 demolition of Leeds as they trailed to Fred’s own goal.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side left the south-coast frustrated, they did equal Arsenal’s English top-flight record of 27 successive away league games without defeat.
Southampton took their controversial lead in the 30th minute. Bruno Fernandes felt he was fouled when a barge from Jack Stephens left the United midfielder in a heap but referee Craig Pawson waved play on.
Moussa Djenepo and Adam Armstrong worked the ball to Che Adams on the edge of the United area and his shot deflected off Fred’s out-stretched boot as it flashed past David De Gea.
Greenwood equalised in the 55th minute, firing under home keeper Alex McCarthy from 12 yards after Paul Pogba poked the ball into the teenager’s path.
“We should do better defending their goal but, that being said, it’s a foul. He goes straight through Bruno, with his arm and his hip across him,” Solskjaer said.
“We can’t go from one extreme of volleyball or basketball last season to rugby now. I like the more lenient way, it’s more men’s football but still, that’s a foul.”
WOLVES 0-1 TOTTENHAM
At Molineux, Harry Kane came off the bench in the second half after the Manchester City transfer target missed the first two games following his late return from his close-season holiday.
The England captain, frustrated by Spurs’ 13-year trophy drought, hopes to force a move to Premier League champions City before the August 31 transfer deadline.
Kane said he has “never refused to train” with the squad, but the 28-year-old believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with club chairman Daniel Levy allowing him to leave this summer.
However, City are so far unwilling to meet Levy’s £150 million asking price for last season’s Premier League top scorer.
Tottenham were already leading through Dele Alli’s 10th minute penalty by the time Kane arrived on the scene.
Alli was fouled by Wolves keeper Jose Sa and the midfielder picked himself up to notch his first league goal since March 2020.
Kane replaced Son Heung-min with 19 minutes left and received a largely positive reception from the travelling Tottenham fans, who sang “Harry Kane, he’s one of our own” as Wolves supporters mockingly chanted “He’ll be a Manc in the morning”.
Kane had a golden opportunity to mark his return with a goal when Steven Bergwijn picked him out, but his shot was repelled by Jose Sa.
Despite Kane’s miss, it was a winning return to Wolves for Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who was back for the first time since leaving in the close-season.
“Harry is still in the process of increasing and improving his level of fitness, but he is one of the best players in the world,” said Nuno after Tottenham’s second successive league win.
“You can see how he helped the team in terms of possession and the fine lines. We need everybody.”