Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lessons from the Weekend Fixtures

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lessons from the Weekend Fixtures

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MANCHESTER City made it six wins from six Premier League matches while Manchester United returned to form as they put four past champions Leicester.

Arsenal turned on the style to beat Chelsea 3-0 while West Ham's slump at the London Stadium continued as Southampton ran out 3-0 winners. Here are some of the key talking points from the latest Premier League fixtures.

1. Super six for Pep's City slickers Whatever anyone may have to say about Pep Guardiola's squad management, the results speak for themselves as City won 3-1 at Swansea to maintain their 100% Premier League start.

It was a 10th straight win in all competitions and while sterner tests are ahead with a trip to second-place Tottenham before the international break and a European tie away at Barcelona after it, at the moment, City look to mean business on all fronts.

Guardiola has laid his marker down. Now it is up to his rival Premier League bosses to provide their own answer.

2. United win again, and with Rooney on the bench For United manager Jose Mourinho, that was simple. Drop captain Wayne Rooney and give defending champions Leicester the runaround at Old Trafford.

Following three straight defeats, the "Einsteins" may have been ready to pen Mourinho's impending downfall, but you are only ever as good as your last result.

OK, so beating Northampton away in the EFL Cup and seeing off a team still struggling for its own identity this season does not make United world-beaters, but it is as good a place as any to make a start.

Next up at Old Trafford, Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.

3. Gunners fire to give Chelsea the blues It has been a long time coming, but Arsenal finally produced the required display to see off Chelsea - and with some style as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil helped put the Gunners 3-0 ahead before half-time. …

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