Football fans around the world were treated to some entertaining football as action went down in gameweek 4 of the 2021/22 English Premier League season. It was a good weekend for Chelsea, Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal fans as their various club sides all grabbed 3 points with impressive performances by the players.
The weekend started with an upset in the London derby at Selhurst Park as 10-man Tottenham fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to England with a brace to guide United to victory; Lukaku also scored a brace to mark his own return to Stamford Bridge; both Arsenal and City strolled to narrow 1-0 wins; before Liverpool rounded things up with a commanding 3-0 win against Leeds United.
Below is a starting lineup made of the best players from the weekend:
Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
The Senegalese shot stopper was simply a wall for Thomas Tuchel’s side as he kept another clean sheet to help them to a comfortable victory against Villa. He came up with 6 crucial saves to keep the opponents out.
Right back: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)
As usual, Arnold was superb down the right hand flank for Liverpool. He provided a beautiful assist for Mohamed Salah’s goal and helped his team to a clean sheet away to Leeds.
Center back: Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
The Portuguese defender kept Jamie Vardy quiet throughout the match against Leicester and was solid at the back to keep a clean sheet in the narrow victory.
Center back: Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal)
The left footed Brazilian defender marked his return to Arsenal’s starting lineup with a brilliant performance to hand Arteta his first clean sheet and win of the season.
Left back: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Cancelo has started the season in remarkable fashion and he maintained his fine form in the win over Leicester City. The Portuguese full back contributed to his team’s clean sheet and tormented the foxes down the left flank throughout the match.
Central Midfielder: Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea)Kovačić was superb for Chelsea in the win against Aston Villa. With Saúl fumbling on the day, the Croatian put in a solo effort to marshal the midfield and provided a beautiful assist for Lukaku’s opening goal. He also grabbed a rare goal in the game – his first at Stamford Bridge since he joined Chelsea.
Central midfielder: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Pogba continued his fine start to the season as he was the chief creator once again for Solskjaer’s side. The French man provided 2 assists in the win against Newcastle, taking his total assist tally to 7 for the season (in just 4 matches). Truly amazing.
Gallagher was a major factor that inspired Palace’s triumph over Spurs on Saturday. The Chelsea loanee was unplayable on the day and the Tottenham players could not match his energy in the middle of the park. He won the penalty for the opening goal and also provided an assist in the match.
Right winger: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah scored the opening goal for Jurgen Klopp’s men. He has now scored a total of 100 goals in the Premier League.
Left Winger: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford was the main attraction of the weekend and the five-time Balon D’or winner did not disappoint. He grabbed the headlines once again with a brace to guide his team to the top of the EPL table.
Center forward: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Lukaku lined up once again in a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge to make his second home debut for the West London club. He did not see much of the ball throughout the match but scored 2 well taken goals when the chances fell to him.
Following the weekend’s action, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all occupy top spot in the EPL table with the same points and goal difference. Champions Man City, Brighton and Tottenham are all locked on 9 points each, while West Ham and Everton sit in seven and eight place respectively.