London (AFP) – Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane had a thrilling shoot-out in Liverpool’s dramatic draw with Tottenham.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made a curious selection decision, while Arsene Wenger got a boost from Arsenal’s new boys.
Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:
Salah edges Kane shootout
Kane had the last word as his 100th Premier League goal from a controversial stoppage-time penalty handed Spurs a share of the spoils at Anfield, but Liverpool’s Salah moved to within just one goal of the England striker in the battle to win the golden boot. The Egyptian showed a cool head to put Liverpool in front after just three minutes in what for so long looked like it might be the decisive goal. However, Salah had even better to come himself in stoppage time as he wriggled away from three Spurs defenders inside the area before dinking home his 20th league goal of the season.
Guardiola sends unsubtle sub message
The sight of the coach blessed with the most expensive squad in the Premier League pleading poverty by naming just six of a possible seven substitutes didn’t receive a huge amount of sympathy. Guardiola claimed he “didn’t have any players” to fill his bench after a series of injuries, in part caused by repeated nasty challenges that have irked the Catalan and his players. Guardiola may also have been sending a message to his superiors after a deadline day attempt to land Riyad Mahrez fell well short of Leicester’s valuation. However, his refusal to even just draft in a reinforcement from City’s hugely resourced academy drew stinging criticism with former England international Gary Neville among those labelling the decision “a joke”.
Is Lukaku a flat-track bully?
Manchester United splashed out on Romelu Lukaku last summer to ensure they finished more of the chances they created and based on the statistics alone he has delivered, with 19 goals in all competitions. But a closer look at the figures shows he has not produced the goods in the big games, leading to accusations he is a flat-track bully. The Belgium international scored again on Saturday in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield after failing to find the net against Tottenham in midweek — meaning he has yet to score in six matches against fellow members of the “big six” this season. Until he does his detractors will continue to point out he cannot deliver when it matters most.