It was another weekend of pulsating Premier League action with 32 goals scored across the nine games so far.
Arsenal maintained their fast start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 win in the north London derby, ending Tottenham’s unbeaten run in the process. Meanwhile, there was a derby win for Manchester City too as they thumped Manchester United 6-3 courtesy of a hat-trick from Erling Haaland.
Newcastle were among the goals too, with a 4-1 win over Fulham, while Everton and Chelsea snatched three points against Southampton and Crystal Palace respectively.
It was more pain for Liverpool, however, who were held to a 3-3 draw with Brighton at Anfield to leave them further off the pace ahead of their titanic clash with Arsenal next weekend.
But who made it into Team of the Week? 101 takes a look at the standout stars of the weekend.
GK: Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Whisper it quietly, but Frank Lampard’s Everton are looking much better this season. Despite it being still unclear where the goals will come from, they are much tighter defensively despite injuries, though they still owe much to a rejuvenated Jordan Pickford.
Five saves ensured that three points went his side’s way in a narrow win over Southampton, and England and Everton’s no.1 is at the top of his game.
RB: Ben White (Arsenal)
All of the talk ahead of the new season was that White’s position in the Arsenal side was under threat from new arrivals, but the Englishman has carved out, and is excelling in, a new role for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Englishman turned in another strong performance at right back for the Gunners, and grabbed an assist for his troubles as he teed up Thomas Partey for his side’s opener.
CB: Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Silva should probably have seen red for a handball while Crystal Palace were through on goal, but survived and turned in a fine performance as his side went on to win the game 2-1 courtesy of a last minute strike from Conor Gallagher.
The Brazilian topped all of his side’s defensive metrics and excelled on the ball too as he continues to defy his advancing years in the heart of the Blues backline.
CB: William Saliba (Arsenal)
From fine wine to barely crushed grapes, Arsenal’s newest and youngest addition at centre-back continues to excel on a weekly basis, but was handed his toughest challenge against Harry Kane this weekend.
The ease with which he dealt with the Tottenham striker from open play was astounding, while he was also alive to Heung-Min Son’s runs in behind that caught the Gunners out last time the two sides met. His calmness and poise is key to Mikel Arteta’s side.
LB: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
In a bad week for clean sheets, Cancelo continued to impress going forwards for Manchester City as they demolished Manchester United in the north London derby.
The full back turned maurading midfielder was one of a host of standout performances for Pep Guardiola’s side, and continues to show that he is one of the best in the world at full back.
CM: Joe Willock (Newcastle United)
Willock has been freed of his shackles and Eddie Howe is reaping the rewards. The former Arsenal man came up with two assists, his first of the season, appearing in a more advanced role on the left hand side of the midfield three.
CM: Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
While Granit Xhaka continues to receive the plaudits for his new role in Arsenal’s midfield, the truth is Thomas Partey makes the side tick.
His goal was excellent, but his all round play and ability to play the linking role between defence and attack by himself is what allows Mikel Arteta to throw more bodies forwards and create chances.
CM: Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United)
It is rare to have two Newcastle players in a team of the week, but then perhaps it is something that we will have to get used to with the Tyneside outfit undeniably on the up.
The second is certainly as warranted if not more than the first, with Miguel Almiron scoring what is likely to be the goal of the month before adding a second in the second half as his side romped to a 4-1 win. He appears to have taken Jack Grealish’s words last season to heart.
RW: Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Though Liverpool’s defending was woeful, it is not every week that an opponent walks out of Anfield with a match ball tucked under his arm.
The Belgian did just that, however, with three well-taken finishes in a game that swung both ways before ending level. His performance will be a welcome one for new boss Roberto de Zerbi.
ST: Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
It is growing increasingly hard to find the superlatives to describe the Manchester CIty striker. Variations on animal, monster and machine have all been used but his scoring rate is almost as astounding as the finishes he produces. His second of the game epitomised this, sliding in at the back post almost in slow motion before punching the ball home with an outstretched leg. With a third consecutive hat-trick and 15 goals already this season, we are witnessing what could become an all-time great season in English football history.
LW: Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Lost in the awe of Haaland was a brilliant performance from Stockport’s finest Phil Foden, who also grabbed himself a hat-trick and in truth could have had more. The Englishman looks to have built up a good connection with Haaland, and the pair are thriving off the service from De Bruyne.