6 of the Best Moments From the Weekend in Matchday 2 of the Premier League

Following the drama of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, matchday two lived up to expectation and was filled with just as much action as last week. There were 20 goals scored over the weekend, a tally that looks set to increase when Everton travel to the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening. Here's a look at six of the best moments from this weekend... Southampton have Mark Noble to thank for their victory over West ham on Saturday after the Hammers midfielder convinced Charlie...

Best Statement

For the second week in a row, Manchester United put four past their opponents without reply, as the Red Devils made a clear statement that they'll be fighting for the title this season.


Eric Bailly scored his first goal for United just before half time to give the Red Devils a narrow lead at the break, pouncing on a loose ball after Paul Pogba's header crashed off the crossbar. Swansea were able to prevent United doubling their advantage until late in the second half, with José Mourinho's side scoring three goals in just four minutes in the latter stages of the game.


Romelu Lukaku, Pogba and Anthony Martial rounded off a convincing victory for United in south Wales, confirming their place at the top of the Premier League table for another week.

Best Upset

In a fixture that is never short of talking points, Stoke City grabbed all three points against Arsenal despite having just 22.7% of possession.


A debut goal from loanee Jesé Rodriguez early in the second half was enough to grant the Potters victory in their first home game of the season. Arsenal had a number of chances throughout the game and had it not been for Jack Butland's heroics in between the sticks at the bet365 Stadium, the Gunners could have returned to London with a point.


Although Arsenal had a number of penalty shouts throughout the game, Arsène Wenger's side were unable to break through the resilient Stoke defence often enough and the fans were left disappointed once again at the lack of conviction in their sides attack.

Best Save

A hero for Huddersfield last week, Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lössl stepped up to the plate once again to deny Newcastle from registering their first goal of the season.


Ayoze Pérez set up Scottish teammate Matt Ritchie on the edge of the penalty area to take a curling shot towards the back post. The ball was destined to nestle into the far corner before Lössl, who is on loan from German side Mainz, came up with a fingertip save to keep the score at 0-0.


The save was made even more impressive when looking at Aaron Mooy's winning goal early in the second half. From almost the exact same position that Ritchie took his shot, Mooy curled the ball into the same area, however, Magpies keeper Rob Elliot was unable to match his Danish counterpart's heroics.

Best Assist

Riyad Mahrez was back to his best this weekend with not one, but two stunning assists that guided Leicester City to a 2-0 victory over Brighton.


Picking the ball up on the right hand side of the pitch, Mahrez replicated the speed and trickery that was instrumental in winning the Foxes the Premier league title during the 2015/16 season. Cutting through the Brighton defence effortlessly, Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki was the beneficiary of the Algerian's hard work to give Leicester the advantage.


Harry Maguire then rose highest from a Mahrez corner to score his first Leicester City goal and round off an impressive display from the Foxes.

Best Goal

Tottenham hosting Chelsea at Wembley was the first real heavyweight clash of the season. Marcos Alonso was the hero for the Blues after scoring late on to grant Antonio Conte his first win of the new campaign.


The Spaniard stepped up to take a first half free kick and, as we saw so often last season, he curled the ball beautifully into the top corner leaving Hugo Lloris stranded. The French keeper was also left red faced late on in the match when he allowed a powerful shot from Chelsea's wing-back to fizz underneath his body and grant Chelsea their first three points of the season.


Despite Michy Batshuayi's best attempts to get Tottenham a draw with a rather impressive own goal, Chelsea claimed the bragging rights in an important London derby at Spurs' temporary new home.

Best Fairytale

Southampton have Mark Noble to thank for their victory over West ham on Saturday after the Hammers midfielder convinced Charlie Austin to change where he was shooting with the last minute penalty.


It was a fascinating encounter that saw Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini put the Saints in front. Their lead was doubled by Dušan Tadić from the penalty spot despite Hart's best attempts to save the Serbian's shot.


In a game that saw record signing Marko Arnautović sent off for a nasty challenge on Jack Stephens, new striker Javier Hernández appeared to have saved the day by scoring twice in typical Chicharito style.


Pablo Zabaleta then needlessly fouled Maya Yoshida late on, gifting the Saints an opportunity to snatch all three points. Austin stepped up to take the penalty and was intending to go to the keeper's right, however, Noble pipped up and said "[Hart] knows where you're going", something that convinced Austin to roll the ball to the keeper's left and gift Southampton victory at St Mary's Stadium.

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