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Football | Premier League 23/24 | Matchweek 4 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Gunners shoot down Man United
  • Haaland hat-trick inspires City win
  • Tottenham put five past Burnley
England – Matchweek 4 of the Premier League saw high-scoring victories for Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.


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Gunners shoot down Man United

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Two goals in additional time saw Arsenal claim a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates. It was a thrilling encounter that could have gone either way, but it was Mikel Arteta‘s team that returned to winning ways.

United struck the first blow, as Marcus Rashford latched onto a through ball from Christian Eriksen before firing his shot off the post and in. However, Martin Odegaard equalised immediately with a powerful strike into the bottom corner.

Late on, Eric ten Hag‘s side thought they had won the game when Alejandro Garnacho slotted the ball past Aaron Ramsdale. Fortunately for the Gunners, the Argentine was deemed to be offside.

Declan Rice then scored his first Arsenal goal from a corner to give them the lead in the 96th minute. Two minutes later the victory was secured when Gabriel Jesus ran through before passing the ball into the net.


Haaland hat-trick inspires City win

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Manchester City made it four wins from four in a 5-1 victory over Fulham which included a hat-trick from Erling Haaland. The Norwegian set up their first goal as his shot/cross was turned in by Julian Alvarez. However, the Cottagers struck back soon after as Tim Ream tapped in from a corner.

City then retook the lead in controversial circumstances as Nathan Ake headed in with Manuel Akanji standing in an offside position. Neither the referee nor VAR deemed him to be interfering with play and the goal stood.

Haaland then turned it on in the second half, where he slotted the ball past Bernd Leno before smashing his penalty into the top corner. His hat-trick was completed in added time when he fired in from Sergio Gomez‘s cross.

City are top of the division heading into the first international break of the season. It is hard not to see them defending their title already in this campaign.


Tottenham put five past Burnley

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This week it looked like Ange Postecoglou‘s honeymoon period at Tottenham Hotspur was over as they suffered a shock defeat to Fulham in the EFL Cup. However, Angeball did not take long to return to favour as Spurs defeated Burnley 5-2 in the Premier League at Turf Moor.

The home side took the lead after just four minutes through Lyle Foster but Heung-Min Son soon equalised with a delicate chip over James TraffordCristian Romero then put the away side in front just before half-time as he lashed the ball into the top corner from outside the box.

James Maddison who has been in inspired form since joining the club then added to their advantage with a fantastic curling effort. Son then slotted in his second of the match before completing his hat-trick with another fine finish shortly after.

Josh Brownhill got one back for Burnley late on but it was to be just a consolation goal. Spurs are now second in the league and not many would have expected them to be there after losing Harry Kane this summer.

Best of the rest

Chelsea suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest thanks to a goal from Anthony Elanga. It was an embarrassing defeat for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side considering the amount of money the club have spent on their side.

Brighton defeated Newcastle 3-1 with Evan Ferguson scoring a hat-trick and Everton and Sheffield United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in what was already deemed a relegation six-pointer.

Predictions vs. actual results:

Rob’s prediction Actual result
Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United
Manchester City 2-1 Fulham Manchester City 5-1 Fulham.
Luton Town 0-3 West Ham Luton Town 1-2 West Ham

The Premier League will return after the international break on Saturday, September 16.  



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