10 Things We Learned From a Drama-Packed Weekend of Premier League Action

Let's be honest, it's good to have the Premier League back in our lives. No longer are Saturday afternoons spent with an uneasy restlessness, stadium doors bolted shut as pubs are shrouded in silence, while football fans up and down the land endure months of longing for the beautiful game's return. It's back, and it's all going to be okay! The second weekend of action had a lot to live up to, given the tremendous endorsement of the competition that was the blistering opening set of fixtures....

Spurs Could Struggle in Their New Wembley Stadium Home

We saw it with West Ham last season, and indeed with Spurs in the Champions League - moving from a tightly-packed stadium to a cavernous enormodome is a tricky transition.


Spurs' poor performance when it really counted was the main reason for their 2-1 loss to Chelsea, but environmental factors undoubtedly played an impact in their distinct lack of urgency.


A trip to Wembley will be a treat for away fans all season, which could play a big factor in damaging Spurs' title hopes.

Watford Are Flourishing Under Marco Silva's Management

Watford had a fairly uninspiring campaign last season, finishing in 17th place after a season of poor discipline and leaky defences under Walter Mazzarri's ill-fated reign.


Marco Silva has made an immediate impact since joining the Hornets, and his side looked highly convincing in their comprehensive 2-0 victory over a comparatively disjoined Bournemouth.


With new signing Richarlison working wonders already, it could be an exciting season for the London club.

Antonio Conte Does Have a Plan B

The turnaround in the mood at Chelsea from a week ago is quite spectacular. Responding superbly to their threadbare squad crisis, the Blues' 2-1 victory over Spurs was quite a surprise.


Antonio Conte must be given the credit for this, switching up his tactics and setting his side out to defend fearlessly and seize their chances when they arrived.


Chelsea were like an unwelcome guest at a house-warming party, drinking all the alcohol and running off with the host's girlfriend.

Pride Comes Before a Fall, Marko Arnautović

It's fair to say that Marko Arnautović perhaps won't receive the most glowing of receptions when he returns to play his former side Stoke City for West Ham this season, having rubbed salt in the wounds of the Potters' fans with his claims that he was leaving them for a 'big club' with a 'big history'.


Arnautović's reckless red card in the Hammers' thrilling 3-2 away loss to Southampton will have no doubt delighted fans of the West Midlands side endlessly.

Manchester United Are Looking Like Title-Winning Machines

If there's one thing we know about José Mourinho, its that he's extremely partial to an equine-based metaphor.


Finally breaking through in a thrilling last ten minutes against Swansea City, Mourinho let his 'horses run free' and demolish Swansea City 4-0. The Swans' defence proved about as sturdy as a beaded curtain, as United's rampaging stallions stampeded through the home side's back-line.


It's early days, but Mourinho's men are already showing the steel needed to grind out a Premier League title.

Javier Hernández Is Still an Absolute Fox in the Box

Seeing Marko Arnautović sent off after 33 minutes made Saturday afternoon very tough for West Ham indeed, who eventually succumbed to Southampton's pressure in a 3-2 defeat.


However, Javier Hernández will have given the Hammers' fans cause for hope, scoring a well-taken brace with his trademark ability for close-range finishing.


'Chicharito' has an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time, which could prove invaluable for his side this season.

Arsenal Just Can't Deal With a Trip to Stoke

Arsenal fans are now fairly well accustomed to the feeling of foreboding that comes from the mere mention of the perilous voyage up the M6 to Stoke.


The Gunners, as usual, were unable to cope with the pressure and atmosphere created by Stoke City and their fans in the Britannia Stadium, performing wretchedly in a 1-0 defeat.


That's just two wins in nine matches for Arsène Wenger's side away to the West Midlands side now.

Huddersfield Town Are Looking the Brightest of the New Boys

Despite being tipped by many as not being ready for the Premier League, Huddersfield Town have got off to an absolute flyer, winning their first two games of the season. Their 1-0 victory over Newcastle United demonstrated David Wagners' side's relentless desire for victory.


Brighton were outclassed by Leicester City in their 2-0 away defeat, and will need to find some goalscoring form after failing to net in their opening two fixtures.

Newcastle United Are in Big, Big Trouble

The frustration felt by Newcastle United fans, and indeed their manager, regarding their underwhelming transfer business is palpable. Their 1-0 away defeat to Huddersfield Town exemplified this - a side who have bought smartly this summer.


The current squad looks in no shape to fight off relegation this season, and Magpies owner Mike Ashley will need to dig deep in his Sports Direct trouser pockets if his club are to stand any chance of beating the drop this season.

Andrew Robertson Is an Instant Upgrade on Alberto Moreno

Liverpool fans will be hoping that Andrew Robertson's fantastic debut for the club will be the first step in a solution to their defensive woes.


Filling in at left-back for Alberto Moreno, Robertson put in a flawless performance in his side's convincing 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. 


Marauding down the left wing, whipping in fierce crosses while also performing his defensive duties with aplomb, Robertson deserves a regular starting place over Moreno.

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