Discussing the secret of City’s success on the final day, Grealish said: “There were two secrets… one, Riyad [Mahrez], take him off the pitch, as soon as possible. He played like [Miguel] Almiron.
“Number two, [pointing at Bernardo Silva] he’s been so good this season, but get him off the pitch.”
There was almost a sense of inevitability as Almiron got on the scoresheet against City this weekend, turning home from close range to cap a performance in which his penetrative runs and work-rate caused constant problems.
Miguel Almiron gave his shirt to a fan at full-time that was holding a sign that read: ‘Miggy, can Grealish have your shirt?’
Grealish – absent from the clash through injury – might just have stoked a little fire in the Paraguayan, who handed his shirt to a fan holding a sign that mocked Grealish’s comments at full-time.
Player of the Week
It’s not often that Manchester City struggle to come up with answers, but for large periods of the club’s clash with Newcastle the champions did not know how to cope with Allan Saint-Maximin.
Saint-Maximin has been criticised for a lack of end product at Newcastle, but this weekend the winger was electric in a thrilling 3-3 draw between the teams at St James’ Park.
On this occasion the fleet-footed Frenchman was unplayable and he tormented the visitor’s backline, driving at the City defence with frightening footwork and explosive acceleration. There was substance alongside the skills of Saint-Maximin however, as he dug out a cross for Almiron’s equaliser, before turning provider once again to tee up Callum Wilson.
Allan Saint-Maximin’s game by numbers vs. Man City:
100% cross accuracy 40 touches 8x possession won 6 duels won 5 touches in opp. box 4 chances created 3 fouls won 3 take-ons 2 big chances created 2 assists
With games against Everton (H), Brentford (A) and Nottingham Forest (H) in their next four, Leeds have the chance to build a foundation for a successful season.
An honourable mention must go to Graham Potter, who has seen his Brighton side overcome a difficult start to the season – on paper – with impressive results.
Away wins at Manchester United and West Ham in their opening three have raised cautious hope of a push for Europe, though Brighton’s best results continue to come alongside a hint of surprise. They shouldn’t, the Seagulls are a fine outfit with Potter’s reputation continuing to soar.
What a difference a year makes. This time last season, Arsenal were rooted to the bottom of the Premier League without a single goal or point and Mikel Arteta appeared to have the weight of the world on his shoulders.
After three games this season the Gunners have a perfect record and are looking down at the rest of the division.
3 – Arsenal are the first top-flight side to win their opening three league matches the season after losing their first three since Everton in 1937-38 and 1938-39, with the Toffees going on to win the title in the latter of those seasons. Harbinger? pic.twitter.com/2V6tZLPFTb
From there it all went wrong for Thomas Tuchel and his side, with Kalidou Koulibaly unfortunate to escape this unwanted accolade after a disastrous display. The centre-back struggled against Leeds’ tireless movement and was sent off for two tactical fouls.
Not a good day at the office for Chelsea’s Senegal internationals.