The Premier League produced some eye-catching performances this weekend, ranging from the Arsenal-Manchester United spectacle to the five-goal heavy metal thrashing engineered by Liverpool.
With most top sides pulling off another three-point performances, things are heating up at the top side of the table.
Here are star players of the weekend:
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The Belgian capped off a wonderful day with a brace which helped Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United. Rafael Benitez’ side showed early intent, taking the lead through young talent Diolye Gayle in the first few minutes.
However, Hazard and company turned things around. Hazard sealed the win for his side from the spot after Victor Moses was brought down in the box.
He continues to be a vital figure in Chelsea’s slow grope back up in the Premier League table.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
The Brazilian forward got a brace against Brighton and Hove Albion. It has been a long while for the South American since he scored a Premier League goal, but he banished the ghost in a terrific fashion – pun intended.
This was made possible by the talismanic form of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, and Mohamed Salah who surprisingly did not get onto the score sheet this time.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
If the Brazilian talent was a tasty transfer burger for heavyweights like PSG and Barcelona before this game, he is oysters and caviar after it.
He led well from the middle to set up compatriot Firmino and got a goal for himself. It was a scintillating performance as Liverpool showed class and maturity to demolish Brighton.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping Coutinho will take this form into the last group game of the UEFA Champions League against Russian outfi Spartak Moscow.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Many doubted whether Lingard was worth the £100,000 a week he was offered by United, but performances such as against Arsenal beg to ask different questions: is he worth more? The Manchester United starlet showed class and predatory instinct to get United going into the Manchester derby with plenty of confidence.
His first goal was a touch of brilliance that doubled United’s lead, leaving Arsenal with the daunting task of chasing the equaliser for the remainder of the game.
He doubled his tally with a tap-in 20 minutes into the second half which left lots of loose for United in their bid to withstand the rabid Gunner attacks until the end.
Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
Manchester City are currently on a 13-game win streak. This would not have been possible if the solutions to getting the three points came only from one or two players. Against David Moyes’ West Ham, it was Nicolas Otamendi’s turn to carry the team.
After going behind West Ham before the intermission courtesy of Angelo Ogbonna’s goal, the center-half was well placed for the equaliser.
This propelled City to a 83rd-minute winner by David Silva.