EPL 2016-17: 5 talking points from gameweek 8
The Premier League resumed following the second international break of the season and saw things hot up at the top of the table, as teams start to get into their stride. Chelsea and Arsenal were the only teams in the top five to manage victories this week, while Bournemouth spared no remorse for Hull after they put six past the Tigers, to move closer to the top half of the table.
The Liverpool - Manchester United clash capped off the week’s action as the rivals shared the points in a dull 0-0 draw at Anfield.
#1 Arsenal benefit from dropped points of rivals
Everton’s visit to the Etihad proved to be quite fruitful for Ronald Koeman’s men as they shared the spoils in an entertaining 1-1 draw. Maarten Stekelenburg saved two penalties in the game as Man City dropped points for the second game running and their first at home this season. Pep Guardiola will have wanted to get a win to boost confidence before his side visit Barcelona in the Champions League mid-week fixture.
Tottenham ended their run of four wins in a row when they failed to beat West Brom at The Hawthorns. Dele Alli salvaged a point for Spurs with a late equaliser after former
Former Spurs star Nacer Chadli had given the Baggies the lead. Mauricio Pochettino’s side dropped down from second position as a result with Arsenal occupying second place.
The Gunners are on a formidable run and have now won each of their last six games in the league. Theo Walcott scored his fifth goal of the campaign as his side were lucky to edge past Swansea 3-2. Granit Xhaka received his marching orders in the second half but Arsenal held on to their lead to inflict a first Premier League defeat for the Swans new manager Bob Bradley.