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EPL Week 7 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 7 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 7 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 7 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 7 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Matchday seven of the Barclays Premier League was concluded with Everton's superb 3-2 win over West Brom. After trailing 2-0 at one stage the Toffees were spurred on by Romelu Lukaku's brace to fight back and claim the victory. Let's take a quick review of this weekend's action by looking at the Good, Bad and Ugly.

Good

Alexis Sanchez.

Alexis Sanchez has rediscovered his goal-scoring touch and the rest of the Premier League should be very wary. Sanchez was able to score 25 goals for the Gunners last season but had failed to find the back of the net at the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign. That all changed in Arsenal's 5-2 over Leicester City as the Chilean scored three goals; making him the first ever man to score a hat-trick in Serie A, La Liga, and the EPL.


It was a brilliant performance by Sanchez who scored the first of his three goals in the 33rd minute with a tap in from close range at the back-post. The goal kick-started Sanchez who regained some of the confidence that had been missing in the first six weeks of the season. 

His second goal arrived through a header, with his third and final coming from a low, powerfully struck effort from distance which squeezed past goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel. The hat-trick is timely for Sanchez and Arsenal who have a big match against Manchester United next week. With Sanchez in-form the Gunners become a very big title threat.

For Arsenal fans who want to re-live the Chilean's star performance, check out the video:



Bad

Manchester City.

Just three weeks ago it looked as if Manchester City would run away with the league comfortably. At that stage City were yet to concede a goal and was brushing aside any challenge they came up against. However after a poor result to Juventus in the Champions League a few weeks ago, City has lost its imperious form. 

Injuries to David Silva and Vincent Kompany have hurt City but Manuel Pellegrini will not be happy with his side's capitulation to Tottenham on the weekend. After Kevin de Bruyne scored to put the visitors in front it appeared that Tottenham were in for a long afternoon.



However a goal from Eric Dier in the 45th minute got things level and from that point on Tottenham controlled the match. Toby Alderweireld headed home an Erik Lamela free-kick to give Spurs the lead, before Harry Kane put in a Christian Eriksen free-kick that had hit the crossbar. Lamela ended City's day of misery by sliding home Tottenham's fourth. 

Two league losses in a row have seen City lose their top spot to cross-town rivals Manchester United. With more Champions League matches mid-week and an encounter with Newcastle on the weekend, City need to get back to their winning ways.

Ugly

Emre Can as a central defender.

The role of Emre Can is a big issue for Brendan Rodgers this season. Can is a very talented young footballer, with caps for the German national team re-affirming this point. However it is growing more and more apparent that his best position is in midfield rather than defence.

As Rodgers reverts back to the 3-5-2 formation that was so successful for the Reds last season, Can is deployed in the right centre-back position for his ability to pass the ball. While Can is adept at this duty, his defensive game needs serious improvement.

Despite Liverpool beating Aston Villa 3-2, Can showed himself to be a huge conundrum in defence. Poor clearances, positioning and marking all highlighted the young German's weaknesses. If Rodgers persists with Can in this defensive role then Liverpool will continue concede goals.

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