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Premier League – Stars of the Week – Matchweek 3

Full speed. For the first time this season, the Premier League has surpassed the 30-goal milestone in a single matchweek, and may it continue for a long time.

The biggest contribution to the tally came in Newcastle United’s 3-3 draw against Manchester City, arguably the game of the season so far. Elsewhere, Arsenal triumphed at Bournemouth to remain the only team in the league with a 100 per cent record, while Leeds United demolished a desolate Chelsea side and new boys Nottingham Forest picked up another impressive one-game result draw 1-1 away with Everton.

Ten matches, five featured artists; let’s go.

Stars of the Week – Matchweek 3

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest)

Following their maiden win in the top flight last week, Nottingham Forest went unbeaten for a second consecutive week with a 1-1 draw on the road against Everton.

Once again, the performance of Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson was central to his side’s success. A clever save from Demarai Gray’s free-kick helped Forest go into half-time clear, and Henderson was even busier after the break, parrying a ferocious shot from Anthony Gordon. Although some poor Forest defenders in the closing stages cost Henderson his clean sheet, the England goalkeeper made another crucial save from Gordon to ensure his side escaped with a point.

In total, Henderson made seven saves and became our standout goaltender for the second week in a row.

Defender: William Saliba (Arsenal)

Guillaume Saliba (Arsenal)

Great players don’t crumble after a mistake; instead, they come back stronger.

For Arsenal’s new centre-back William Saliba, that was exactly the case, as he brushed aside an unfortunate own goal from last week with a Rolls-Royce performance in the Gunners’ win at Bournemouth. .

The young Frenchman played his part in his side’s unstoppable dominance throughout the game, remarkably completing 100% of his passing attempts. Two successful tackles and interceptions from Saliba also helped keep Bournemouth at bay. To top it all off, the defender earned a superb finish from the edge of the box to complete the scoring early in the second half, a precise strike that even seemed to take his team-mates by surprise.

From the strength of his performances and the length of time his name was chanted by traveling Arsenal fans on Saturday, it looks like the Emirates have a new hero.

Midfielder: Jack Harrison (Leeds United)

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As far as heroes go, there are surely few players more admired at Leeds United than Jack Harrison at the moment, and the attacking midfielder was at his best in Matchweek 3 as Leeds put Chelsea to the sword.

After the Whites were gifted a first-half lead at Elland Road, Harrison played his part by putting two of his own for good when his set piece was approved by the in-form Rodrigo. It wasn’t the end of Chelsea’s misery though, with Harrison latching onto Rodrigo’s second-half touch and stabbing a volley from close range to put Leeds in dreamland.

With four successful dribbles and two shots on target, Harrison was a thorn in Chelsea’s side all afternoon. Now that the talismanic Raphinha is gone, could Harrison be set to become Leeds United’s main man this season?

Attacker: Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)

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What a game we witnessed at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, with the rapid rise of Newcastle United pushing champions Manchester City all the way in a thrilling encounter that ended 3-3.

There were plenty of fine performances from the black and white boys, but as is often the case, winger Allan Saint-Maximin was the star of the show. One of the most exciting footballers around when he sings, Saint-Maximin gave the City defense a torrid moment throughout the game, starting with an excellent cross that was brought in by Miguel Almiron for the Newcastle equaliser.

Shortly after, another marauding run from the Frenchman produced a pass which was controlled and completed brilliantly by Callum Wilson, and Saint-Maximin then won the free-kick which was fired into the top corner by Kieran Trippier for put the hosts 3- 1 up.

The performance showcased one of the league’s best dribblers at the peak of his powers, and if he produces a few more performances like this, it’s unclear how well Newcastle could finish this season.

Coach: Jesse Marsch (Leeds United)

How’s that for a shock result?

Leeds United’s promising start to the season hit a whole new level at Elland Road on Sunday, with the Yorkshire side hammering a very offbeat Chelsea.

Once again, Leeds manager Jesse Marsch deserves huge credit for this latest triumph at the start of the new season. With energetic young players brought in to replace some of Leeds United’s outgoing stars, Marsch was able to revitalize his side’s forceful and pressing approach, an approach that led directly to the first goal against Chelsea forcing a goalkeeper error of the Blues. Edouard Mendy.

From then on Leeds never really looked back, instead ruthlessly securing a famous victory, their first against Chelsea since 2002.

One of the favorites to win the managerial sack race before the start of the season, Jesse Marsch continues to prove doubters wrong, with Leeds currently sitting in 3rd take place at this early stage of the campaign.

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