Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money
Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. The 19-year-old was poached from Lorient, exactly the type of under‑the-radar Francophone deal in which the former manager delighted. Eager and energetic, his tousled locks and upright style make him stand out but, with City interchanging midfield passes at breakneck speed, Unai Emery had exposed him to a heavy workload – neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey showed much dedication to defensive duties. When Raheem Sterling blazed past him to score City’s opener, Guendouzi’s inexperience was exposed but so was neglectful defending from Mesut Özil and Héctor Bellerín. His passing was often chaotic but so was that of his midfield partners, particularly Xhaka. John Brewin
Chelsea stroll to win at Huddersfield, Crystal Palace pick off Fulham, Watford beat disappointing Brighton and Bournemouth hold off Cardiff
And that concludes Saturday’s clockwatch. Thank you for reading.
Neil Warnock speaks after Cardiff’s 2-0 loss at Bournemouth
I thought we could have punished them a bit more. [Sean] Morrison will be disappointed with the scramble. Once that nervousness went out I thought we enjoyed it. I know I did. There’s a lot to look forward to, I think. We are doing it the right way. Look at Bournemouth, they have been up here four years now. I was quite pleased with them today. I thought we acquitted ourselves well.
Maja latest from Peter Oh: “You can tell me to buzz off, but Maja is also the name of the main character in a classic German animated series about little bees. (Pronounced Maya.)“
Down at the bottom of the Football League, both Morecambe, who lost 2-0 at Exeter, and Macclesfield, who lost 2-0 at home to ten-man Grimsby, prop up the 92 on zero points.
And Aston Villa hold on for a 3-2 victory over Wigan while Swansea beat Preston 1-0 to make it a perfect start for Graham Potter.
Sunderland’s great start last week loses its lustre with the news that they drew 1-1 at Luton.
Norwich 3-4 West Brom is a final score.
And perhaps the biggest news of the day is this:
WE'VE WON A LEAGUE GAME!
470 days later we have secured our first League win since beating Albion Rovers 29th April 2017 1-0 at Glebe Park.
Brechin City 1-0 East Fife, Sinclair.
Late goal news: Rotherham score late on to go 1-0 up on Ipswich. Aston Villa lead 3-2 against Wigan.
Great start for Bournemouth while Neil Warnock’s team need more than thud and blunder.
Fulham taught a lesson by former manager Roy Hodgson. Palace stuck to their task manfully and then took their chances.
Roberto Pereyra’s double gets Watford off to a fine start. Brighton were not good but at least Chris Hughton has a new squad to play with.
Joey Barton’s Fleetwood now leading 2-0 at Oxford. He’ll be humble in victory, no doubt.
A dominant display from Sarri’s new charges, and Kepa didn’t have a save to make.
There will be no Cardiff comeback as Callum Wilson cut in to complete the job.
And Wayne Hennessey has just made fine save for Crystal Palace at Fulham, his second of the game. I admit it, I did him a sincere disservice before.
With time ticking on, it looks like only Cardiff have a chance of avoiding their fate at Bournemouth. Gary Madine has been launched on.
On thin legs, Sungbo Shim in Toronto, Ontario emails in: “They don’t come much spindlier than Riyad Mahrez’s?”
At Middlesbrough, Birmingham’s Craig Gardner has been sent off with his team losing 1-0.
That third Chelsea goal came from a superb run from Eden Hazard. Huddersfield had struggled enough and then on came Hazard.
The goals continue to fly in at Norwich, where it is now 4-3 to West Brom after a goal from crypto currency expert Hal Robson-Kanu and one from Norwich for Russell Martin.
Fulham have been vulnerable on the break and Zaha scores from just that type of situation.
Job done for Sarri as Pedro scores after a wonderful breakaway.
Eden Hazard has come on for Chelsea for Willian at Huddersfield. Meanwhile, Drew Chappell emails in. “This is a strange one John, but i can’t remember seeing a player in the modern era with legs as skinny as Jorginho’s. I know Stevie G was notoriously pin legged but even he outdoes Chelsea’s new number 5. Is this just me?”
Peter Crouch as a young player was very skinny, as was Roberto Falcao of Brazil in his 1982 pomp, as was Socrates.
Dispute over Maja which my Google search says means “pest”.
“Maja does not mean ‘pest’ in Spanish. It means ‘pestle’ as in ‘mortar and pestle’. Sorry to rain on your parade,” says Anthony Dawson.
“In Spanish it means pleasant girl,” says Paul Hood.
Luton equalise against Sunderland to make it 1-1. Matty Pearson is the scorer.
Sheffield United lead 2-1 at QPR after a goal from David McGoldrick. Timo Pukki’s goal for Norwich means there is one goal in it against West Brom, who lead 3-2. Brentford have equalised at Stoke. Nottingham Forest lead 1-0 against Reading through Hillal Soudani.
Cardiff now stepping up their efforts at Bournemouth. This means that Neil Warnock is now bound in post-match to say: “I can’t ask for more from my lads.”
Aston Villa 2-2 Wigan now after a goal from Chey Dunkley. Salford City are 2-1 down to Sutton after a goal from Ross Lafayette. Poor old Gary Neville.
Cardiff’s Morrison has now missed an absolute sitter at Bournemouth.
Bristol City hit back at Bolton, where it is 2-1 to the home team. Norwich are now 3-1 down to West Brom after Harvey Barnes’ goal.
Bournemouth are under a little more pressure than before from Cardiff, but are still creating chances.
Wigan lead Aston Villa 2-1 after Nick Powell showed his class, and Callum Connolly scored. Bolton now lead Bristol City 2-0 and Brechin City, winless since the season before last, lead East Fife.
Chelsea hit the bar as Rudiger’s header down is smashed against the woodwork by Alonso from a corner. Rudiger went close a moment before that.
Fernando Forestieri has equalised from the penalty spot for Sheffield Wednesday against Hull.
Roberto Pereyra with a clipped finish after he is left unmarked. Brighton still on the beach. What was that we said about Chris Hughton?
West Brom are now in the lead, 2-1 up at Norwich. Jay Rodriguez has his second of the match after Jordan Rhodes’ missed penalty, which is supposedly one for the ages.
The second halves are underway.
Craig Cooper emails in: “Further to Mike McKenzie’s idea, why not use the American example (they do get some stuff right) and every team can have one colour and one white kit, then no more need for 3rd kits, 4th kits etc.”
Hearts reveal one of the secrets of their success over Celtic.
Jorginho is half way to equalling his total of league goals for Napoli after 45 minutes for Chelsea.
The full rundown of scoresare here but what we know so far in the Premier League is that Sarri-ball is in full session at Huddersfield, Cardiff have struggled badly at Bournemouth and might have been two goals down. Watford have been good for their lead against a struggling Brighton and Fulham have learned that the Premier League will punish territorial dominance and missed chances.
In League One, Sunderland lead 1-0 at Luton Town with a goal from Maja, which is Spanish for “pest”. In League Two, Grimsby lead 1-0 at Macclesfield Town.
That Chelsea penalty was awarded for a foul on Alonso by Schindler.
A disputed penalty, and Jorginho scores a highly impudent spot-kick, relaxed as you like.
Against the run of play, Schlupp has rattled one in, having cut in from the flank.
Salford City are still searching for a win in the National League and have been pegged back to 1-1 at Sutton United. Not good news for the Class of ‘92 (and Phil Neville).
Elsewhere, West Brom equalised through Jay Rodriguez at Norwich before Jordan Rhodes then missed a penalty. Hull City lead at Sheffield Wednesday through Frazier Campbell, and Joey Barton’s Fleetwood lead at Oxford through Ched Evans.
And while all that was going on, there was a missed penalty at Bournemouth. Callum Wilson’s 34th minute spot-kick is saved by Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
A stunning volley from Roberto Pereyra opens the scoring.
Kante scores a scuffed opener.
QPR lead Sheffield United, having themselves been under serious pressure. The goalscorer is Eberechi Eze.
Stoke have taken the lead against Brentford, having been right under the cosh. Benik Afobe tapped into an empty net after chaotic defending. How’s your luck?
Mike MacKenzie emails in from London, Canada. “I know it would never happen but ... after looking at more garish kits of several teams for this season, I’d love to see a rule whereby each team had to choose at most 3 colours and make whatever kits (home, away, 3rd, Pancake Tuesday or whatever) only from those colours. This is not just a plea for tradition to be respected but also for some consistent branding.”
The goals are flying in between Yeovil and Mansfield. It’s 2-2 already, with Mansfield grabbing a second equaliser.
Fulham seem to have Palace locked down but are still looking for a goal. So far, Wilfried Zaha has been a passenger.
At Vicarage Road, Brighton’s Bruno has had to leave the field with an injury and is replaced by Gaetan Bong.
And Norwich’s dominance is confirmed by Jordan Rhodes opening the scoring against West Brom. 1-0 to the Canaries.
The Premier League deadlock ball is broken. A close-range finish from Ryan Fraser after a Callum Wilson cross.
J.R. in Illinois emails in: “Boy that was a pretty mean thing to say about Hennessey. To spite you he has just made a fantastic save in the 13th minute on a close range Mitrovic shot. How are the Baggies faring at Norwich?”
Sounds like Norwich are giving them the runaround.
Kepa has not had much to do against Huddersfield, who are sitting back as Chelsea pour forward. This could be a test of his concentration.
Fulham piling it on against Crystal Palace. Mitrovic has gone close for the home team while Andros Townsend has boomed in a trademark shot that Fabricio had to deal with.
All quiet on the Premier League front so far, but Middlesbrough are 1-0 up on Birmingham through Britt Assombalonga. Meanwhile, Swansea have missed a penalty against Preston through Oli McBurnie. James Chester opens the scoring for Aston Villa against Wigan with a header.
Gary Naylor tweets in: “I like this trend for statues at football grounds but the one of Michael Keane in the centre of Everton’s defence seems somewhat ill-judged.”
A year ago, Michael Keane was supposed to be what Harry Maguire became.
Spoke too soon: Yeovil get the first goal in the EFL against Mansfield. Diallang Jaiyesimi got it in the 6th minute.
First goal of the day comes from Barrow’s Jack Hindle in the National League against Leyton Orient. Still nothing in the top four divisions.
At Fulham, Cyrus Christie has just had Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey scrambling, which doesn’t take much, a lot of the time. Cardiff, meanwhile, have begun with real impetus at Bournemouth.
This is the main attraction at Watford.
At Vicarage Rd, the biggest queue for a photo today isn't with one of the players...
Bobby Reid, previously of Bristol City, makes his first start for Cardiff. Beyond Kepa and Jorginho for Chelsea, perhaps the other big debut of the day is that of Jean-Michael Seri for Fulham, whose arrival from Nice at the Cottage is a serious coup. For Huddersfield, goalkeeper Ben Hamer, from Leicester, and Dutch defender Terence Kongolo, from Monaco, are the debutants. Watford’s debutant is a familiar face in Ben Foster, while Brighton’s sole new starter is Bernardo after all that business. Cautious Chris Hughton...
As said before, it’s as you were pretty much for Bournemouth against Cardiff.
“Woken early here in Montreal to follow the Newcastle game and just wanted to wish all MBM followers a great season. And good luck to Wolves, great to see them back.” Is that the Paul Barron who played for Arsenal, Palace, West Brom and QPR? Wiki tells me that Paul Barron is coach of the surely fictional Las Vegas Mobsters. Whatever, welcome, Paul, and all the very best.
The Championship has a couple of tasty matches ahead of that pearler between Derby and Leeds at 5.30. Jack Grealish starts for Aston Villa against Wigan, after that fine start at Hull on Monday. Brentford won 5-1 against Rotherham last week, and travel to Stoke. Middlesbrough v Birmingham was a Premier League staple a decade ago or so.
Nick Miller on the new boys; Wolves play Everton in today’s 5.30pm kickoff.
The big news is that Kepa does start for Chelsea, so Rob Green doesn’t get a go. Or Willy Caballero. Ross Barkley gets a chance, a big chance. Eden Hazard is on the bench, which freezes out Callum Hudson-Odoi, a little disappointingly.
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Fulham: Fabricio, Christie, Chambers, Le Marchand, Bryan, Cairney, McDonald, Seri, Schurrle, Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon.
That tradition was abandoned for lucre years ago means there are just four Premier League matches at that time, but that does not mean they should be ignored. The first day will always throw up some intangibles, and not least Huddersfieldv Chelsea, where the Mauricio Sarri regime begins in earnest after that shaky performance in the Community Shield last week and the jettisoning of Thibaut Courtois the keeper for, er Kepa. Chelsea’s season is brought to you by lastminute.com after Sarri turned up with just four weeks to go, with Antonio Conte still on the training ground. Huddersfield meanwhile attempt to repeat the alchemy of last season’s survival. Terence Kongolo and Eric Durm are their big new arrivals. Just an added thought: will Kepa’s late arrival mean Rob Green is handed the Chelsea gloves?
Always good to catch the new boys early, and Bournemouth v Cardiff will see Harry Arter not able to play for Neil Warnock, having been loaned there by his parent club. Both Bournemouth and Cardiff made only fairly cosmetic changes to their squad so this looks a case of as you were, to use a phrase Liam Gallagher has ruined.
Fulham v Crystal Palace is another bow for a promoted side, and unlike parsimonious Cardiff, Fulham have splashed some serious cash, over £100m of it. Palace, on something of a shoestring, have done far less business but held on to Wilfried Zaha, while Roy Hodgson has signed a new deal. Mr Roy remains hugely popular at Craven Cottage, and rightfully so.
Last, and let’s face it, very possibly least, is Watford v Brighton. Javi Gracia achieved what some thought impossible, in not being sacked as manager by the Pozzo family at the end of the season, but may be under no little pressure; his club sold players rather than invested over the summer. Brighton had a fine season last season, and to follow the instincts of club owner Tony Bloom, the gaming tycoon, have rolled the dice with new signings, almost a new team in fact. A note of caution here, or at least a warning from history. Chris Hughton did a fine job with Norwich a few years back after getting them to promotion, and to wide acclaim. He struggled in the following 2013-14 season - remember Ricky van Wolfswinkel? - as he tried to assimilate new blood that looked to have made Norwich certainties for mid-table. Hughton was sacked with a month of the season left, and to no avail. Perhaps one to watch there.
And, of course, after an excellent opening weekend last weekend there is always the EFL where, quite frankly, anything can happen and usually does.
If, as most bookmakers have predicted, this is the season Watford’s stay in the Premier League comes to an end, then somebody had better tell their players. Judging by the manner of their victory here, they have not seen the odds or have done so and been fuelled by a sense of defiance.
Javi Gracia’s men fully deserved to get their fourth successive top-flight campaign off to a perfect start, having delivered a display against Brighton & Hove Albion brimming with intensity, togetherness and, from the feet of Roberto Pereyra, eye-catching quality. The Argentinian forward scored both of Watford’s goals with a level of expertise and panache that suggests two years after arriving from Juventus for a fee of £13m and amid much expectation he is finally ready to deliver on a consistent basis.
Brighton face Watford, who made a healthy £24m profit this summer to the consternation of some among their fans. Javi Gracia’s side finished one place above Brighton, who have spent more freely this summer. Record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh (good luck commentators) is in line to make his Brighton debut. Survival remains the main aim of both clubs. Mark Parry
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