We learnt from EPL

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

French­man was given an ex­tra rest af­ter Euro 2016, and upon his re­turn to the side, he picked up a red card in Europe as well as a toe in­jury to ham­per his play­ing time. But Satur­day’s 4-1 vic­tory over Sun­der­land proved to be the Arse­nal striker’s mo­ment to shine, as he scored goals with his first two touches to put the Gun­ners out of sight mo­ments af­ter Jer­main De­foe had pegged them back with a penalty. The co­nun­drum now for Arsene Wenger is that Alexis Sanchez con­tin­ues to flour­ish in a cen­tral role, so can he move the Chile in­ter­na­tional to ac­com­mo­date Giroud? Chances are he won’t, but Giroud’s al­ready proven a handy op­tion to have on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench.

Fabre­gas’ time at Chelsea is up

Kar­ius con­tin­ues to fall short in prov­ing he has what it takes to be a No 1 goal­keeper in the Premier League. De­jan Lovren was at fault for both of Palace’s goals, with his scooped clear­ance gift­ing McArthur a headed chance that led to Kar­ius rush­ing out of goal only to leave his hands by his side and not raised to try and block the shot. The sec­ond saw Lovren pay too much at­ten­tion to for­mer Reds striker Chris­tian Ben­teke, al­low­ing McArthur to gain a step and level the scores for a sec­ond time. Liver­pool are breath­tak­ing to watch right now, but you can be sure that Jur­gen Klopp would rather see Lovren de­fend­ing prop­erly than go­ing up the other end to score.

Nolito lucky not to see red

If there’s one thing that can end a ca­reer un­der Pep Guardi­ola, it is a fail­ure to learn from your mis­takes. Nolito fell short of this on Satur­day as Man­ches­ter City thrashed West Brom 4-0, as he could have been sent off for a sec­ond head butt this sea­son. Nolito has al­ready seen red for head­but­ting Bournemouth’s Adam Smith, and when he re­acted badly to a fair chal­lenge from Craig Daw­son, he again thrust his head into the face of an op­po­nent. He was lucky to re­ceive only a yel­low card, and Ser­gio Aguero’s re­ac­tion to calm him down im­me­di­ately shows even his team­mates have con­cerns about his tem­per.

Ramirez fi­nally turns on the style for Boro

The one team beyond Sun­der­land to have dis­ap­pointed so far this sea­son has been Mid­dles­brough, fol­low­ing a string of turgid dis­plays. That wasn’t the case on Satur­day, as Gas­ton Ramirez scored a won­der­ful goal in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Pick­ing the ball up in his own half, the Uruguayan ran past three de­fend­ers while out­pac­ing Jack Wil­shere, and coolly lashed the ball past Ar­tur Boruc to open the scor­ing. If Boro can come up with play match­ing the won­der­ful strike in terms of qual­ity, then maybe there will be plenty to cheer at the River­side af­ter all this sea­son.

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