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Premier League: Five talking points from week 2

Tuesday 23rd August 2016
This weekend in the Premier League: we saw a huge upset at Turf Moor, the battle between last season's champions and runners-up, and the first Premier League game staged at the London Stadium.

We take a look at the five main talking points from week two of the Premier League.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires Manchester United



Manchester United went into their Friday night game against Southampton in good form. The club made four major signings this summer, which has already begun to have a positive effect on the team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the new arrivals at Old Trafford and he's wasted little time in making his mark in English football - scoring four times in three games, including his recent double to see off Southampton, 2-0.
Ibrahimovic's ability was never in doubt, but there were questions raised over whether at the age of 34 he could still perform at the very top. In his first three games with Man United, Ibrahimovic has proven that he's still one of the best strikers around. The Swede has already scored three Premier League goals for his new club. Manchester United look a different proposition this season and a large part of that is down to the threat Ibrahimovic provides.

Burnley produce shock to overcome Liverpool



Liverpool arrived at Turf Moor as the overwhelming favourites to pick up all three points. However, Burnley shouldn't be underestimated, as they epitomise the Premier League with their fighting attitude, and that played a big part in securing victory over Liverpool. Burnley took the lead through a spectacular strike from striker Sam Vokes in the 2nd minute; Andre Gray then gave the Clarets a two-goal advantage before half-time.

Liverpool dominated possession throughout the game, but they failed to break down Burnley's determined defence. Sean Dyche's side possess an impressive fighting spirit, which could give them a real chance of avoiding relegation this season. It was an excellent result for Burnley, they can now build on this performance, and the side is capable of producing further surprises in the Premier League in the weeks ahead.

Last season's top two remain winless



Arsenal and Leicester City both lost their opening games of the season, which made the game between the two sides at the King Power Stadium on Saturday all the more important. However, both sides had to settle for a point as the game ended goalless. It was an evenly fought contest throughout, both teams created chances to secure all three points, but neither team managed to find the finishing touch in front of goal.

Arsene Wenger's side looked secure at the back compared to their last performance against Liverpool when they conceded four goals. Leicester improved on their performance from their opening day defeat to Hull City, but Claudio Ranieri's side failed to score for the second consecutive game in the Premier League. Although the season is still in its early stages, Leicester and Arsenal will need to quickly improve if they want to emulate last season.

Middlesbrough win Wear-Tees derby



Middlesbrough came out victorious at the Stadium of Light on Sunday in the Wear-Tees derby. David Moyes suffered huge disappointment in his first home Premier League game in charge of Sunderland, as he watched his side slip to a 2-1 defeat to their rivals. While Aitor Karanka witnessed an impressive performance from his side, as a Cristhian Stuani double helped secure victory for Boro.
Boro needed to improve their squad in the transfer window to compete in the Premier League this season, they did that by bringing in several new players, and the side is now capable of competing in the top division. Victory away to Sunderland will give the Boro supporters bragging rights, but it will also give the club huge confidence going forward. Karanka has done an excellent job during his time at the club and his side continues to improve.

London Stadium opens to the Premier League



West Ham United played host to Bournemouth at the London Stadium on Sunday for the first Premier League game at their new ground. It was a momentous day for the club and their supporters as they opened their impressive stadium to Premier League football. Although West Ham went into the game missing several key players through injury, Slaven Bilic's side still managed to snatch a 1-0 win courtesy of Michail Antonio's late goal.

West Ham are heading in the right direction under owners David Sullivan and David Gold; the club finished last season's Premier League campaign in their highest ever league position. The arrival of Bilic has seen West Ham improve on the pitch over the last 12 months. The emphasis now is on taking the club to the next level and the London Stadium will play an important role in West Ham's development over the coming years.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.

 

 


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