Arsenal yet again threw away a lead as they were beaten 2-1 by Watford on Saturday evening. Per Mertesacker, in his first start of the season, had given the Gunners the lead, but a controversial penalty, in which Richarlison went down very easily was put away by Troy Deeney to level the score at 1-1.
Tom Cleverley then smashed home in added time to complete the comeback as Arsenal slumped to defeat. Following a good run of form for the Gunners, the loss was a sickening one as they conceded more ground to Manchester City at the top of the table, and missed the chance to cut the gap between themselves and Manchester United after Jose Mourinho’s men drew.
While Arsenal’s game ended in a painful defeat, what was happening across the rest of the Premier League?
The biggest and most frightening performance of the weekend came from Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side outclassed Stoke City in a 7-2 demolition as they extended their lead at the top of the table. For City to hammer Stoke, who are usually defensively sound, it was clear that this was a warning to the rest of the league. Burnley played out a 1-1 draw with West Ham at Turf Moor with the visitors pleased with a point after Andy Carroll was sent off in the first half, while Swansea City returned from the international break with a win as they eased past newly promoted Huddersfield 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
Tottenham were able to break their Wembley hoodoo with a 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth who sit in 19th after the game, while Everton were indebted to a late Wayne Rooney penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Brighton on Sunday. Pressure continues to mount on Ronald Koeman despite the point earned, with the Toffees massively underachieving this campaign. In the other Sunday game, Newcastle led twice but were pegged back by a double from Manolo Gabbiadini in an exciting 2-2 draw at St Mary’s.
Manchester United and Liverpool played out an incredibly drab 0-0 draw at Anfield, with the away side nullifying all attacking play from both themselves and their opponents in what was a superb defensive display. Perhaps the most surprising of results came at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace downed reigning champions Chelsea 2-1 to record their first win of the campaign and make it two defeats in two for Antonio Conte’s men.
Arsenal’s defeat means that they currently find themselves in sixth place with 13 points, nine behind Manchester City at the top. The Gunners have now been beaten three times this season and their campaign is threatening to be over before it really started as City look unstoppable at the moment.
Arsene Wenger must find a way to help his side regroup and quickly, or else they will find themselves even further off the lead. Their next game sees them travel to lowly Everton, with the match a real chance to build some momentum again.