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English Premier League Week 1 Review

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The Premier League is back with the opening weekend having failed to disappoint. As the season progresses, each week we’ll delve through the weekend action and compile our analysis, and here’s our first issue of the 2022/23 campaign.

It was a dream start for Erling Haaland at Manchester City as the summer signing proved the match-winner at West Ham, though last season’s runners-up Liverpool made a stuttering start at Fulham.

Erik ten Hag will also now be well aware of the task facing him at Manchester United as the Dutchman’s reign began with a disappointing defeat to Brighton.

Following the first fixtures of the season we’ve compiled a list of the stand-out performers, here is The Sportz Tales Premier League Review.

 

ARSENAL

After a nightmare start at Brentford last season, the gunners looked to avoid a repeat and with a more youthful side, Mikel Arteta praised the performance of Aaron Ramsdale as ‘exceptional’ as they began the new season with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. This was a performance which showcased the improvement of the Gunners across the past 12 months with Ramsdale impressing as the last line of defence.

William Saliba was a commanding presence as Arsenal won 2-0 at Palace to begin the campaign with three points, with Saliba cruising through the contest in assured fashion.

After three consecutive loan spells, William Saliba proved to have been worth the wait for Arsenal.

The 21-year old centre-back signed in a £27m deal from Saint-Etienne in 2019 but had failed to make an appearance for the Gunners prior to Friday night’s win at Crystal Palace.

 

BOURNEMOUTH

Largely written off before a ball had been kicked, Bournemouth marked their return to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Scott Parker’s side were disciplined and determined to take all three points on the South Coast, with Lloyd Kelly producing a captain’s performance on the left of the Bournemouth back three.

The 23-year-old led an organised defence and set the tone with a series of strong challenges, while he provided an assist after finding the towering target of Kieffer Moore to head home the Cherries’ second.

 

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle began the season in impressive fashion with a dominant win over Nottingham Forest, Forest failed to cope with the dynamism and drive of  relaunched under Eddie Howe side.

The 2-0 win was the first time in a decade that Newcastle have began a season with a Premier League win on home soil.

 

TOTTENHAM

Tottenham ran riot against Southampton over the weekend, making a statement as to what the lilywhites will be about in the premier league this season.

A brilliant opening weekend performance from Kulusevski who started as he finished last season, scoring one and creating another as Spurs thrashed Southampton.

The Sweden international produced a brilliant cross for Ryan Sessegnon to head home an equaliser, before putting the finishing touch on a 4-1 win for Antonio Conte’s side with a trademark curling effort after cutting inside from the right flank.

A threat all afternoon, the 22-year-old proved he is up for the challenge of competing with summer signing Richarlison for a place in the side..

Emerson was heavily involved in the action as Spurs came from behind to win 4-1 against the Saints, with the Brazilian forcing the north London side’s third goal with a low cross that Mohammed Salisu could only slice into his own goal.

The right-back then raided forward again to tee up Dejan Kulusevski for the fourth, with the Swede bending home a fine finish following Emerson’s cut-back into space.

 

BRIGHTON HOVE ALBION

Despite losing key personnel over the summer, Brighton’s opening win proved the club can still be aiming upwards after a Premier League record finish of ninth last season.

Pascal Gross who loves facing Manchester United got the Graham Potters men a win with the Brighton midfielder’s double securing a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

 

Gross signed a new two-year deal over the summer and started the new season in dream fashion, scoring a brace against the Red Devils to earn the Seagulls a memorable away win.

The 31-year-old was involved throughout with intelligent link-up play and twice found himself in the right place at the right time to turn in from close range.

MANCHESTER CITY 

Ilkay Gundogan’s heroics off the bench sealed the title for Manchester City last season and the midfielder was similarly influential as the champion’s defence began with a win at West Ham.

The Germany international was the hub of an accomplished performance from Pep Guardiola’s side at the London Stadium, as City boasted 77% of the possession in a dominant display of ball retention.

Erling Haaland announced his arrival into the Premier League with a debut double, scoring both goals as Manchester City earned a 2-0 win at West Ham.

This was a hugely encouraging performance from the marquee man, who showed in just two flashes what he can bring to this side this season.

There will be more difficult challenges for the 22-year-old to navigate as he becomes accustomed to deep defences and high numbers behind the ball, but the early signs are positive for Guardiola who has added a new level of threat to the division’s best side.

 

FULHAM

The newly-promoted side had a swelling performance and a well-earned point against the Reds. Following his record-breaking Championship season with an outstanding Premier League performance.

Alexander Mitrovic made a mockery of doubts as to whether he can cut it in the Premier League, with the Fulham forward brutishly bullying Liverpool’s back four at Craven Cottage.

The Serbian scored twice to secure the newly-promoted side a well-earned point against the Reds, following his record-breaking Championship season with an outstanding Premier League performance.

Mitrovic towered above Trent Alexander-Arnold to open the scoring with a far-post header, before showing fine footwork to beat Virgil van Dijk and win a penalty for his second.

The spot-kick was dispatched in inch-perfect fashion, but it was Mitrovic’s all-round game that most impressed with a staggering 11 aerial duels won as he combatively competed against the Reds’ defence.

Having been out of favour during Fulham’s last season at this level, in Marco Silva he has found a manager reaping the rewards of his faith in the forward.

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