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5 things we learnt from matchday 5

Check out the five things we learnt from matchday 5 of the English Premier League

 

The English Premier League returned after the international break to more drama and exciting football, these are five things we learnt from matchday 5.

1. Everton 3 Vs Chelsea 1: John Stone is worth the hype

This summer was all about John Stone as Chelsea had three bids turned down by Everton for the 21-year-old. Many wondered why Chelsea were interested in the unknown quantity, but Stone showed it all as Everton trashed Chelsea 3-1 in Goodison Park.

John Stone was immense in the back, ensuring that he showed Chelsea what they are missing. We expect Chelsea to return with a £50m bid for the defender. His composure, ball distribution, and rock solid defensive ability was only overshadowed by Steve Naismith's hattrick.

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Chelsea's problem continues. The defense lacks organisation and pace. Their midfielder remain flat despite the presence of John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic. The lack of pace in Chelsea's midfield is one of the main reasons why there are conceding goals. People rave about how solid Matic is, but I don't. Matic is only solid when one on one with an opposition player. In this era when midfielders are becoming more mobile and intelligent, a defensive midfielder has to be mobile enough to close down play. This is what Matic lacks. Maybe playing the likes of Kurt Zouma in midfielder can remedy Chelsea's situtaion.

2. Arsenal 2 Vs Stoke City 0: Francis Coquelin is Arsenal's greatest asset

All talks about Arsenal in the summer was how bad they needed a striker. With the transfer window closed, Arsene Wenger now has to make do with what he has and his defensive midfielder Coquelin is his greatest asset.

The 24-year-old has already won 19 tackles and established himself as one of the best defensive midfielder’s in the top flight and that is what is keeping Arsenal ticking.

There are still doubts with their strikers Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud but Wenger thinks there are good enough so let's watch.

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The defensive pair of Laurent Koscielny and  Gabriel Paulista looks a solid united and it will be interesting to see what Wenger does when Per Mertesacker is fit.

3. Crystal Palace 0 Vs Manchester City 1: Sergio Aguero's injury cast doubts on City's title push

City continued their 100% start to the new season continued with a 1-0 win over a resilient Crystal Palace. An injury to Sergio Aguero in the 25th minute however showed how the absence of the striker alters the balance of the squad.

Without Aguero and David Silva, City looked flat going forward. With Kevin De Bruyne still finding his feet, City found it hard to break down the Crystal Palace defense. Cit created some chances, but they didn't dominate the game like they should with a Silva in the side.

Wilfried Bony did not bring that assurance to the squad like Aguero brings to City. City might look invincible, but injuries might give other contenders a chance.

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4. Manchester United 3 Vs Liverpool 1: Bastian Schweinsteiger shows his worth

I was against Louis van Gaal starting his veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in a league game. I was of the opinion that Schweinsteiger is yet to get adapted to the pace of the EPL. But against Liverpool, Schweinsteiger was the calming factor United needed to build on and the 31-year-old provided it. With him and Michael Carrick in midfielder, United dominated the game and limited Liverpool to just crosses and long balls to Christian Benteke.

With 72 completed passes-which was the third best in matchday five- Schweinsteiger was the center of everything positive about United in their 3-1 win over Liverpool.  The experience between Carrick and Schweinsteiger might be Van Gaal's greatest asset for United.

5. Leicester City 3 Vs Aston Villa 2: Claudio Ranieri can keep Leicester in the EPL

Claudio Ranieri has only job at Leicester City and that is to keep them in the EPL this season and I predict he can do it.

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Nigel Pearson was able to do that last season before quitting the club and Ranieri has continued from where English manager stopped.

Since April 1st, the Foxes have picked up more points (33) than any other Premier League side.

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