From Manchester City's brilliance to Chelsea's woes, 5 talking points from Premier League Gameweek 8
Manchester City shine, Manchester United bore and Arsenal, well, Arsenal were Arsenal.
In a week where the Premier League returned from the international break, we were treated to an avalanche of goals, upsets and controversy. Stoke's defence went on a walkabout, paint dried in the 0-0 at Anfield and Pep Guardiola's City sent a clear message to the rest of the competition at the Etihad.
Elsewhere, Palace finally scored, fragile Arsenal lost again, Chelsea hit back to back losses for the first time this season and Swansea delivered on their big day. With 24 goals and the league starting to take shape, gameweek 8 did not fail to impress. Here are the top five talking points from all the weekend’s action.
#1 Manchester City's 'Tika-Taka' football
Manchester City charged to the top of the table after a 7-2 demolition of Stoke City. Manager Pep Guardiola has taken his attacking passing style from Barcelona to Munich and now to the city of Manchester. Key stars Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Leroy Sane featured in a passing display that was arguably the most one-sided half of football this season.
The first half alone saw City score three times and have 83% of the possession leaving Stoke manager Mark Hughes to laud his opponents as the best team in the league. Speaking after the game he said: “Clearly I would say that after being beaten 7-2 but they look significantly better than anybody else in the league in terms of our experience.”