Who were the heroes of Premier League Round 3?
Hero – Mohamed Salah
Every Liverpool player except Loris Karius was a hero in their 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal but Salah was the pick of the lot. The Egyptian forward finished with 1 breakaway goal and 1 beautiful assist but he should have got more. Arsenal’s defence just couldn’t handle his pace and movement and they won’t be the only strugglers this season. The Salah-Firmino-Mané strikeforce looks deadly, even without Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings.
Hero – Álvaro Morata
Chelsea expected a tough test against Everton but it didn’t turn out that way. Antonio Conte’s side recorded a comfortable 2-0 win and Morata was key. The Spanish striker set up Cesc Fàbregas’ first goal with a neat header and then scored one of his own. César Azpilicueta’s cross was excellent and so was Morata’s header. He’s not the finished article yet but he’s always a threat in the penalty area.
Hero – Chris Wood
Wood is under pressure after his £15million move from Leeds United but he doesn’t seem to mind. Burnley’s new striker came on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham and caused lots of problems for the Spurs defence. The New Zealand international is strong in the air but his late equaliser showed that his feet aren’t bad either.
Hero – Matt Ritchie
Rafa Benítez still isn’t happy but Newcastle United looked much better in their 3-0 win over West Ham. New signings Mikel Merino and Joselu made a big difference but Matt Ritchie was the star. The Scottish winger never stopped running for his team. His pressing led to the first goal and his excellent cross created the second. Ritchie is crucial to Newcastle’s survival hopes.
Villain – Arsenal
It’s too difficult to choose one particular villain in Arsenal’s awful defeat to Liverpool in Premier League Round 3. Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were terrible in central midfield, but so were Hector Bellerín and Rob Holding in defence. The Gunners looked all over the place. Manager Arsène Wenger must take a lot of the blame, especially for picking Danny Welbeck over record signing Alexandre Lacazette.