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Premier League: 10 points of discussion of the weekend action | Soccer

1) Özil and Emery remain a partnership that needs work

Mesut Özil can not get rid of the question marks. He was left on the bench during Arsenal's win in Bournemouth, not even emerging to warm up during the second half as Unai Emery – in his own words – "decided by other options" and while he at least will be renewed for the near-dead League of Europe against Vorskla Poltava would presumably have other things in mind when signing his new contract in February. Özil's best work this season came when he played in No 10, a role that was not available in the 3-4-3 Emery deployed on Sunday, and the coach may have seen enough to extend the experiment. "We are finding our best performance with the system, the players and the combination," Emery said in clear recognition that Arsenal are still seeking a balance that will satisfy them, despite their unbeaten run of up to 17 games. No one would doubt Özil's ability to unlock a defense, but Emery's demand for a better match between attack and defense could leave her prospects uncertain. Nick Ames

Game report: Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal
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2) Players who are likely to feel Sarri's sting after the first defeat

Maurizio Sarri had warned for weeks that he would have come to this if lessons had not been learned. That those slow starts would end up punishing Chelsea. "Now the problem is evident and I hope, first of all, for the players," he grunted, pointing to negligence in possession, lack of urgency throughout the schedule, and an inability to "stay compact." The players, five of whom faced the media after the match and admitted that the standards had fallen, understandably asked for a small perspective, as this was the first defeat in 19 competitive matches under Sarri, and even suggested that the defeat was timely but could offer no real explanation for slow openings. "It's good for us to understand, to remind us that the Premier League is never easy," said David Luiz. "No one is happy. But the coach has often been more annoyed when we won. It is true. "Sarri has been demanding improvements from day one, and defeat will have hurt. The squad can see a different side of the Italian in Cobham on Monday. Dominic Fifield

Match Report: Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea
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3) Maddison determined to "learn" from diving

As he headed for the tunnel after 28 minutes, expelled after two moments of madness, James Maddison inclined his head in shame. He knew he had made a mistake, committed one of the most inexcusable crimes on a football field: diving. But an ounce of credit to the Leicester midfielder for not hiding. Long before his embarrassing crash on the box was extended in Match of the Day, the 22-year-old left to face the well-deserved criticism. "No one wants to see us dive into our beautiful game," he posted on Instagram. "I was anticipating the contact that never came, but that's no excuse. I'll learn from this. "Maddison's naivety took the Leicester red card to four this season, twice as much as any other side. Under Claude Puel, nine players were ejected in 33 matches. "We have to better manage our attitude and our games," Puel said. Ben Fisher

Game report: Brighton 1-1 Leicester

4) The presence of Ranieri felt in Fulham

The respect between Claudio Ranieri and Ryan Sessegnon was mutual after Fulham kicked off their campaign with a pulsating win over Southampton. From the player's point of view, it was encouraging to see Ranieri lose time making his presence felt after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic. "He wants us to defend ourselves as a team," Sessegnon said. "Very tactical – more tactical with that face than the last. He's really set out the way he wants to play. "Fulham has been vulnerable throughout the season and Ranieri's main focus is to tighten the worst defense of the championship. The Italian is less concerned about the attack and praised Sessegnon for a vibrant display after seeing the 18-year-old striker create goals for Aleksandar Mitrovic and André Schürrle. "He's one of the best young players I've ever met," Ranieri said. "He's young, a child. It's not easy for him, but I'm very pleased with his performance. " Jacob Steinberg

Match Report: Fulham 3-2 Southampton
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Claudio Ranieri (right) shouts encouragement to his Maxime Le Marchand during the victory over Southampton.

New Fulham coach Claudio Ranieri (right) encourages Maxime Le Marchand during his Southampton victory. Photo: Rob Sambles / Frozen in Motion / Rex / Shutterstock

5) Warnock wants to buy to save Cardiff

Cardiff made Everton work surprisingly strong for Goodison's win despite Neil Warnock accepting that he will have to spend money in January to give the club any chance of survival. "We're going to have to go shopping, I think we'll have to bring some more quality to stand," said the Cardiff manager. "It's not easy to find players in January, but two or three new players can improve the squad and give us a chance to fight. Right now we have the right to play in front. He's doing very well, but we have to be better. "Callum Paterson, the right-back in question, got a great position to open the scoring in the first half but missed the target. A quality striker, or even any recognized attacker, could have put his team ahead and increased pressure on the home team. No one could criticize the compromise or the hard-working Paterson's rate, but its completion may leave something to be desired. Cardiff can still save themselves if they maximize their return points at home but are unlikely to do so with a right back. Paul Wilson

Game report: Everton 1-0 Cardiff

6) "Fear factor" can not increase United's game

By stating that Old Trafford still has the fear factor after the scoreless draw at Crystal Palace at Manchester United, Roy Hodgson has in fact stressed the riddle of how Jose Mourinho's team can be as average as it was on Saturday. Hodgson said: "There are 75,000 people accustomed to watching a very good team play with very good players who have enormous strength in depth – bringing [Alexis] Sánchez, [Marcus] Rashford and [Marouane] Fellaini, that tells you a lot, especially when people like it. [Romelu] Lukaku, [Juan] Kill and [Jesse] Lingard began. So they started what they thought was their best XI and then brought those guys. And the atmosphere, the fact that much has been done over the years here to make Manchester United what Manchester United is, no team will ever come here without a certain factor of fear. "Despite all the names highlighted, the Hodgson also did not who also participated – Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic – United remain, strangely, a step forward, a step back. Jamie Jackson

Match Report: Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace

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7) Defenders fly to keep Liverpool looking

Liverpool are now 13 games undefeated in the Premier League this season, with a record score for this stage of the season. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were in full thanks to their energetic energetic and defensive sturdiness, summed up in their efforts on Vicarage Road. England's right-back Alexander-Arnold kicked free-kicks into the top 25-yard mark at a crucial point of the match, scoring the 2-0 draw, showing yet another of his talents. Flying on both flanks, he and Robertson instigated all of Liverpool's counter-attacking emotion, a crucial aspect in complicated games and one Watford could not handle it. In addition to the excellent attacking displays in the 12 Robertson League appearances this season, Liverpool have eight clean sheets and five assists, more than any of their teammates, helping them stay second to the table . Will Unwin

Match Report: Watford 0-3 Liverpool

8) Pellegrini takes tonight city consolation

As proof of where West Ham is this season, as far as they could have progressed under Manuel Pellegrini's command, the Manchester City bout revealed little to those watching in the stands. But for the Chilean there was much to take from it. His claims that West Ham was as dangerous as his opponents looked thin (City could and certainly would have scored more if they felt it necessary), but he had a broader point that was more convincing. Pellegrini said his team showed "the mentality of playing the same way against all teams". If West Ham wants to be a great team, they will have to consistently impose their style on other teams regardless of their opponent. This has not always been the case in recent seasons. With eight matches before facing an opponent in the top six, West Ham now has the chance to prove Pellegrini's theory in the field. Paul MacInnes

Report Game West Ham 0-4 Manchester City

Sergio Agüero embraces his former coach, Manuel Pellegrini, after leaving for Manchester City.

Sergio Agüero embraces his former coach, Manuel Pellegrini, after leaving for Manchester City. Photo: Arfa Griffiths / West Ham United via Getty Images

9) Mooy impresses on Molineux

The headlines inevitably belonged to Aaron Mooy, but another man in the midfield heart of Huddersfield was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch in Molineux. Philip Billing again stood out, alongside Mooy and Jonathan Hogg, with the excellent intervention of the 22-year-old keeper's baseline, keeping Raúl Jiménez in the distance and with a touch of silk for the overlap of Florent Hadergjonaj showing both sides of your game; were contrasting moments, but both characteristic of another exuberant and mature display. The billing begins to grow, it is relentless in the challenge, but, perhaps most important, it has the cunning to make a difference in both boxes. He was equally influential in the crucial home win for Fulham earlier this month and as Huddersfield stretched his mini-invincibility to three starts, the great Dane put him on another class show. "He's grown," his manager David Wagner recently said. "He became a man." Ben Fisher

Game report: Wolves 0-2 Huddersfield

10) Attractive win could spark key weeks in Spurs' season

You can say that about some teams at the moment, but Saturday's victory over Chelsea marked the beginning of some crucial weeks in the Tottenham season. On Wednesday they face Inter in the Champions League, and then comes the North London classic at Arsenal a couple of slight matches against Leicester and Southampton before a trip to Barcelona. They realistically have to win both European games to progress and of course a victory in the Emirates is not negotiable, but it is not only the victory over Chelsea that will encourage more the nature of it. Poor as was the side of Maurizio Sarri, the Spurs dominated him with the right attitude and tactics, a combination they will surely need in the upcoming games. "Now the challenge for us is to maintain that level of competition," said Mauricio Pochettino after the game. It could set your season. Nick Miller

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