Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

The Guardian

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Arsenal are paying for their poor transfer business, Pickford is showing his worth to Everton and Manchester United are making life hard for themselves

As Arsenal edged their way back into the game against Manchester City, there was plenty for Mikel Arteta to take heart from. Yet for all their grit and assurance, the possibility that the hosts might actually steal any points from an uncharacteristically sloppy City side remained painfully distant. With the exception of the burgeoning partnership between Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka, which faded after a bright first half, too few Arsenal players were able to inject their play with any urgency. Perhaps this will be remedied by the return of Gabriel Martinelli but, either way, it does not speak well of the £72m Nicolas Pépé – who traipsed off after 73 unremarkable minutes – nor the exorbitantly salaried Willian, who sat out the game as an unused sub. A club that recently made dozens of staff redundant must learn to use its money better – and not just for the sake of PR. Alex Hess

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