Premier League: Manchester United’s new starting, Leeds’ damage considerations, and one other increase for Liverpool’s momentum


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Ralf Rangnick’s tenure at Manchester United started with a win and a few noticeably energetic urgent, however the main tales of the weekend had been Chelsea dropping their lead on the high of the Premier League and Liverpool maintaining the tempo with a last-gasp winner.

Elsewhere, Newcastle lastly bought their first league win of the season whereas Leeds and Brighton rescued a degree with their very own late, late targets. Bernardo Silva continues to guide Premier League defences a merry dance and Steven Gerrard is becoming in simply advantageous at Villa Park.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not scored or assisted a aim in any of his final 5 video games for Arsenal. He has additionally missed golden possibilities throughout that run: missed penalty towards Watford, the put up struck towards Newcastle from 4 yards, the mishit towards Manchester United from an identical distance.

Extra worrying than all that’s that Aubameyang isn’t concerned wherever close to as a lot as he would really like. Final season, he touched the ball greater than 30 instances in 18 Arsenal matches. Thus far this season, he’s finished it as soon as (Tottenham at dwelling). One in all probability results in the opposite – fewer touches means much less energetic, means not prepared when possibilities come his means.

Maybe that is merely a results of a shift in Arsenal’s attacking technique. Aubameyang has moved from the left again to a central placing position and Arsenal now construct by their attacking midfielders and full-backs. That makes Aubameyang extra of a poacher than an entire striker.

So is it time for Mikel Arteta to contemplate dropping his captain? May Arsenal be higher with Alexandre Lacazette in that position, or is it even price going all in on the youth technique and enjoying Gabriel Martinelli because the centre-forward with a trio of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe behind him?

There’s a recipe for making your self well-liked as a brand new supervisor, and Steven Gerrard is nailing it at Villa Park. First comes the wins; you will have been appointed as a result of the final man couldn’t get sufficient and, for all of the speak of long-term visions, there’s nothing higher than some fast steps in the precise path.

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