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Premier League: Five talking points from week 5

Tuesday 20th September 2016
The Premier League games produced some thrilling moments on matchday 5, along with an abundance of goals - 36 in total. We take a look at the main talking points from the weekend's action, which included a shock result at Vicarage Road.

Liverpool excels at Stamford Bridge

Two of the title favourites clashed on Friday night as Chelsea played host to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side came out of the blocks quickly and took the lead in the 17th minute through Dejan Lovren. Ten minutes before half-time, Jordan Henderson produced a stunning long-range effort to double his side's advantage, and although Diego Costa pulled one back for Chelsea in the second half, it wasn't enough as Liverpool held on to secure an important win, 2-1.
Liverpool deserved all three points: they controlled large parts of the game, and they played with a fluency that was missing from Chelsea. Henderson's goal was spectacular, it deserved to win any game. Liverpool have started the season well, they look outstanding going forwards; Klopp has built one of the most entertaining sides to watch in English football. If Liverpool continue to play like they have been, they will improve on last season's sixth-place finish.

West Bromwich Albion go goal crazy

There was pressure on Tony Pulis and Slaven Bilic ahead of their sides encounter at the Hawthorns as both sides had looked unconvincing recently. It was West Bromwich Albion that took firm control of the game: goals from Nacer Chadli, Salomon Rondon, and James McClean gave Pulis' side a 3-0 half-time lead. Chadli struck again after the break to make it four. West Ham United pulled two goals back, but West Brom saw the game out to win 4-2.

West Brom were rampant on Saturday; the Baggies posed a serious threat up front all game: Rondon and Chadli caused havoc. Over the last few weeks, Pulis and West Brom have been heavily scrutinised: the club had a quiet transfer window, they had also failed to score in their previous two games. But this victory could turn things around; West Brom are now in the top half of the table, and confidence among their squad will have hugely increased.

Arsenal secure third successive league win

Arsenal travelled north to face Hull City at the KCOM Stadium. Although Hull had started the campaign impressively, they were no match for Arsene Wenger's side. Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead; Theo Walcott then doubled his side's advantage early in the second half. Hull were given a lifeline when Robert Snodgrass stepped up to convert from the penalty spot, but two late goals from Sanchez and Granit Xhaka wrapped up a 4-1 victory for Arsenal.
It was a good performance from the Gunners, as Arsenal dominated possession, which they duly converted into goals. Sanchez scored twice to take his tally to three for the season; Arsenal will need Sanchez performing at his best if they are to challenge for the title. Xhaka also got on the scoresheet with a thunderous strike from distance. Arsenal started the campaign slowly, but three straight wins have put them back on track: Can Wenger's side now build on this?

Superb Watford stun Manchester United

Manchester United's poor run of results continued on Sunday as they slipped to a surprise defeat away to Watford. Etienne Capoue scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Hornets the lead, but Man United equalised in the second half through Marcus Rashford. Walter Mazzarri's side pushed for the win late on, and they were rewarded with two goals in the last seven minutes: Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney struck to secure a memorable 3-1 victory for Watford.

Despite losing their previous two games, Man United were big favourites to win at Vicarage Road. However, Watford took full advantage of a lacklustre performance from Jose Mourinho's side. Man United's big-name players have to start performing soon if they want to challenge for the title. While in contrast, Watford have won their last two games, scoring seven goals in the process; Mazzarri has enjoyed an excellent start to life at his new club.

Crystal Palace ease to Victory

Crystal Palace dominated the game from the early stages against Stoke City at Selhurst Park. James Tomkins and Scott Dann gave Alan Pardew's team a 2-0 lead inside the opening 11 minutes. Stoke had no answer to the onslaught they faced: Palace were relentless in the second half and they added two more goals through James McArthur and Andros Townsend. Marko Arnautovic scored a late consolation for Stoke, but Palace eased to a convincing 4-1 win.

After a shaky start to the campaign, Palace are now up to eighth in the table after their second successive victory. The Palace players played with a certain amount of freedom on the ball; Andros Townsend typified that with his superb strike to score his side's fourth goal. After a brilliant start, Palace's Premier League campaign derailed towards the end of last season; Pardew has signed some good players this summer: Can Palace improve on last season?
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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