The on-going Premier League season took another entertaining stride in the form of week 8.
It was a round of fixtures that saw Sergio Aguero ‘do a Lewandowski’ in 20 minutes, propelling Manchester City back to the top of the table.
Elsewhere, Charlie Adam nearly scored another goal of the season, while Harry Kane did the right thing in the wrong net.
The ‘Special One’ was made to look ordinary once again, tasting his first Southampton defeat in the league. Meanwhile, his one-time Barcelona boss was left with the task of unravelling the reason his Manchester United team started ‘without aggression and the will to win’ at the Emirates.
Furthermore, the exit doors have finally been unlocked. Dick Advocaat did the honourable thing, while Brendan Rodgers was told to go. So who’s next?
While speculating the next managerial casualty, let’s also not forget the stats that week 8 produced. The focus will be on a particular number that was almost ubiquitous in this round – number 5.
Sergio Aguero scored 5 goals in Manchester City’s 6-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday. He is the 5th player in Premier League history to score 5 goals in a single match.
Arsenal pummeled Manchester United 3-0 to record their first league win over the Red Devils at the Emirates in 5 attempts. Also, both Arsenal and Manchester United had 5 shots each on target with Petr Cech making 5 saves.
Southampton had 5 bookings in the 3-1 win over Chelsea – more than any other team in week 8 and equal to the total number of bookings they had in their last two league games prior to the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Odion Ighalo was alert to take advantage of Artur Boruc’s error to score his 5th league goal of the season in Watford’s 1-1 draw at Bournemouth. Ighalo has now scored all but one of Watford’s league goals this season, as well as each of their last 5. The Nigerian has also scored 21 goals in 26 matches this year.
Having not scored in the league until his hat-trick against Leicester City last week, Alexis Sanchez took his goal count this season up to 5. The Chilean grabbed a brace against Manchester United in Arsenal’s 3-0 demolition of the Red Devils.
Jamie Vardy, playing with an injured wrist, set Leicester City on course at Carrow Road with the opener in the Foxes 2-1 win over Norwich. Vardy has now scored in each of Leicester’s last 5 league games.
After not conceding a goal in each of their opening three league games, Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in each of their last 5 matches in the Premier League.
The league takes a break due to international fixtures this week and the wait is on to see what unfolds when the battle resumes with week 9 on October 17th.