10 talking points from the Premier League weekend as Liverpool triumph while Arsenal falter

The Premier League saw its latest weekend of thrills and spills with late winners, VAR controversy and a nine-goal drubbing.

Leicester got the weekend off to a flier as they thrashed Southampton to equal the highest ever Premier League score.

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten run and six-point advantage over Man City as they came from behind to beat Tottenham at Anfield.

Top four chasers Arsenal faltered at home to Crystal Palace , while there were away wins for Man Utd and Chelsea.

And Everton had to travel back from Brighton with nothing to show for their efforts after Lucas Digne's own goal at the death.

Here are 10 talking points from the weekend...

1.Liverpool's late show

If Liverpool end their long wait for a Premier League title this season they will look back at Sunday's comeback against Tottenham as one of the crucial moments.

Coming soon after they squeezed past Leicester with a late penalty, Klopp's men repeated the feat to show that once again - and arguably unlike recent seasons - they are ready for the test of their nerve.

The Reds produced a superb performance to come back against Spurs. [Coutersy]

There are bound to be slip-ups along the way. But something about this current Liverpool squad's never-say-die spirit suggests their current six-point advantage over Manchester City could sustain.

2. VAR from perfect

Another week of VAR controversy was highlighted by a controversial penalty decision at Brighton which earned the ire of Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

Everton appeared to be easing to a priceless away win when VAR decreed Michael Keane had fouled Aaron Connolly in the box - earning the Seagulls a spot-kick which turned the game in their favour.

It was the first time VAR had been used to award a penalty, and other incidents over the weekend included contentious over-rules and atmosphere-sapping delays after a goal has gone in.

Keane was unhappy with a penalty decision on the south coast. [Courtesy]

Referencing the intention of only using VAR for clear incidents, Lineker tweeted that technology had gone from "pole vault heights" to "limbo dancing levels".

3. Pulisic makes his mark

It's been a tricky settling in period for Christian Pulisic in England, but he finally showed what he is capable of with a man of the match display at Turf Moor.

The Chelsea winger showcased his talents with a hat-trick. [Courtesy]

His treble helped fire Chelsea to a 4-2 victory over Burnley on Saturday as Frank Lampard's fourth-placed side stayed level on points with Leicester and in touch with Liverpool and Manchester City.

There were rumours the American was already growing frustrated over his lack of minutes, but he's given Lampard the perfect food for thought.

And there will no doubt be more to come.

4. More penalty problems for Man Utd

Rashford (2), Martial and Paul Pogba have all missed from the penalty spot now this season for Solskjaer's men, who have missed four of six from the spot.

It didn't cost them against Norwich, but they need to really nail it down, because it turned a win at Wolves into a draw and a draw with Palace into a defeat.

United missed two spot kicks. [Courtesy]

Solskjaer laughed off his side's failings, and jokingly suggested Rashford had missed his on purpose as a goodwill gesture in response to a controversial VAR call.

"The first one I don't think is a penalty, if it takes two minutes it's not clear and obvious," Solskjaer said. "But Marcus [Rashford] did the honourable thing and missed it."

5. Different Spurs on show - but why?

So much has been said about Spurs this season, and just how poor they have been, but their performance against Liverpool was the old Tottenham, the team that belies the critics and defies the odds against them when they take on richer, bigger spending rivals.

The side which turned up at Anfield could give anyone a game.

The question is, why does that team not turn up every week these days?

The answer may be simple. This is the biggest stage, with the world watching, and there are TOO many of their players looking to leave.

Tottenham were much improved despite defeat. [Courtesy]

They will inevitably raise their game for these, to increase their profile.

Maybe Tottenham have made a mistake in letting too many top players get to the end of their contracts.

6. Arsenal agony

But for a late Sokratis strike being ruled out by VAR, Arsenal could have been sitting just two points behind Frank Lampard's Chelsea young guns and nine-shooters Leicester in the Premier League table.

Instead, a gap of four points has opened up, and they are left to reflect on tossing away a two-goal lead against Crystal Palace in a match marred by the petulant reaction of captain Granit Xhaka upon being substituted.

Xhaka kicked up a fuss at the Emirate. [Courtesy]

The boos facing Xhaka as he trudged off encapsulated the other issues afflicting the Gunners at the moment, and the impatience of many fans with what they see to be Unai Emery's questionable and inconsistent tactics.

7. Fabulous Foxes

Some seem almost defeatist in their assumption that the super spending power of the Premier League elite will once again prove the decisive factor in the chase for Champions League places.

Not so Leicester, who under the astute guidance of Brendan Rodgers have harnessed a growing belief that they can repeat - at least to some extent - their stunning title-winning season of 2016.

Friday night's staggering 9-0 win at Southampton simply showcased the stunning emergence of players like James Maddison and Ben Chilwell as bona-fide Premier League stars.

Leicester hit nine past Southampton. [Courtesy]

They currently sit in third place for a reason - the top two apart, the Foxes are the best of the bunch, no matter what the cheque-books would have you believe.

8. Odds against Hasenhuttl

Whilst it would be wrong to judge Ralph Hasenhuttl's reign at Southampton on one result, the 9-0 drubbing by Leicester on home soil is bound to cause some serious damage.

The Austrian did a decent job of steering the Saints away from the drop zone last season, but he is now the favourite to be the next Premier League manage to leave his post.

Southampton are struggling and find themselves in the bottom three with just one win from their last six.

The Saints boss is under pressure. [Courtesy]

There is going to be some serious soul searching at St Mary's this week as they try and piece themselves back together after the crunching defeat.

At least they have the Carabao Cup tie in midweek to take their minds off things...

...against Man City.

9. Cheque-book woes for Magpies

Ask Newcastle fans if money guarantees success.

After urging Mike Ashley to dip into his considerable cash-flow, the Magpies appear to have been landed with two almighty flops.

For their combined £61million price tag, Miguel Almiron and Joelinton have summoned a single goal so far this season and continued to look woefully inadequate in Sunday's draw with Wolves.

Home-grown brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff, in contrast, have given long-suffering north-east fans the biggest cause for optimism this season.

If Steve Bruce is to win over his doubters and steer his side to Premier League safety, he will know which of those two pairs he can best rely on.

10.Milivojevic is Arsenal’s bogeyman yet again

Maybe Luka Milivojevic is a Tottenham fan?

The Serbian penalty expert made no mistake yet again from the spot against the Gunners, and amazingly this was his fifth goal in six games against Arsenal, who he seems to relish playing against.

It was also the 21st penalty he has successfully converted in his career, with only three missed, while Palace have scored more goals from penalties than any other team since their return to the Premier League in 2013 (39)

Milivojevic is surely the most accomplished penalty taker in the whole league along with Harry Kane, and considering Palace’s struggle for goals, it is a good job their number four is so lethal from 12 yards.


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