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Premier League: 9 best stats from matchday 9

Monday 23rd October 2017
Manchester City maintained superb start to the Premier League campaign with a resounding victory against Burnley. Tottenham and Arsenal were equally impressive, easing past Merseyside opposition. 

The most shocking result, however, occurred at the John Smith's Stadium where Huddersfield Town defeated Manchester United, 2-1. Marcus Rashford's strike came too late, as goals from Laurent Depoitre and Aaron Mooy proved enough to ensure a historic victory for the Terriers.

There was a lot to take away from the latest Premier League fixtures. Here are nine unusual stats and events with the help of Opta.

1 - Calamitous Mignolet

Simon Mignolet is becoming renowned for dropping clangers. On Sunday, he didn't disappoint. The Belgian was culpable for Spurs' fourth goal. His 13th major mistake since moving to Anfield in 2013.

2 - Floundering Reds

Liverpool looked completely helpless at Wembley. Trounced 4-1 by high flying Tottenham. The defeat further exposes the Reds' pathetic defence, which has shipped an unbelievable 16 Premier League goals this season. Only five teams have conceded more.

3 - Grand Trippier, Kane bond

Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane are developing into a successful double team. The two players linked up for Spurs' opener after just four minutes against Liverpool. It's the seventh time they've done so this year.

4 - Arsenal's century goals against Everton

Arsenal produced a five-star display to thrash the Toffees on Sunday, 5-2. As such, the Gunners became the first team to hit 100 goals against a single opponent in the Premier League.

5 - Alexandre the great

Among standout performers from the Gunners' magnificent showing at Goodison Park was summer arrival, Alexandre Lacazette. He struck Arsenal's third - his 27th in 2017. It makes him the most lethal Frenchman during this calendar year.

6 - Revived Ozil

Mesut Ozil hasn't been at his best recently. Against Everton, however, the midfielder showed the world he wasn't finished just yet, with a goal and an assist. Impressively, he created seven other chances that weren't converted.

7 - Aguero makes history

For the first time since sustaining a rib injury, Sergio Aguero started for Manchester City. And, of course, it was a memorable game for the Argentine. He found the net twice as City defeated Burnley 3-0. The two goals take his overall tally to 177 - thus becoming the club's all-time joint-highest goalscorer.

8 - Rampant Bournemouth

Bournemouth picked up maximum points for only the second time this campaign, defeating Stoke City 2-1 away from home. The Cherries, who had managed just four strikes from previous eight games, grabbed both goals during an unforgettable two-minute spell.

9 - Clinical Doucoure

Abdoulaye Doucoure has hit the target four times this term for Watford. The latest arrived in the 4-2 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday. And remarkably, all have come from a corresponding number of shots on goal.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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