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Jim Files

4 Oct 2016 - 12:01 PM  UPDATED 4 Oct 2016 - 12:01 PM

Swansea sack Guidolin

Swansea head coach became the first managerial casualty of the new season after another poor result for the Swans. Swansea lost at home to Liverpool on the weekend leaving them with one win from their opening seven matches. Guidolin took charge of Swansea in January on a temporary basis which became permanent in May when he signed a two year extension. Former USA coach Bob Bradley will take over as head coach with Swansea sitting 17th on the table. Bradley is the first American to manage in the Premier League.

Title Race Tightens

The race for the Premier League title tightened this weekend with Tottenham beating Manchester City (2-0) at White Hart Lane. The loss is the first time Manchester City has dropped points this season and leaves Tottenham as the only undefeated team in the Premier League. Tottenham dominated the match from the start using a high tempo press to put City under pressure and force turnovers. Son Heung-min continued his fantastic form filling in for the injured Harry Kane linking up well with Dele Alli to assist Spurs second goal. Son now has six goals and two assists in his last seven Premier League games. Manchester City still sit first in the table but only one point ahead of Spurs in second place.

Wenger’s Milestone

Arsenal celebrated Arsene Wenger’s 20 years of management with a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. Arsenal looked tired during the match and were lucky to have their injury time winner allowed after Kocielny looked to handle the ball into the net. The game marked 20 years since Wenger took charge of Arsenal in October 1996. The crowd applauded Wenger as he walked across the pitch before the game, in recognition of his contribution to English football. Wenger brought a modern football philosophy to the Premier League, using compact lines, pressure and quick passing to create attractive football. The high point of Wenger’s reign was in 2004 when he guided Arsenal to the title without losing a game all season. Wenger’s contract with Arsenal is finishing at the end of this season and he has been linked to the job of England manager.

Manchester United frustrated by Stoke

Manchester United were left frustrated at Old Trafford as Stoke managed a late comeback to earn a 1-1 draw. United manager Jose Mourinho named an unchanged lineup from last week’s win over Leicester meaning captain Wayne Rooney once again started on the bench. Despite the scoreline it was one of United’s best performances of the season as they dominated for large periods of the game having 24 shots to Stoke’s 7. Pogba once again played higher up the field linking up well with the attackers and creating a number of chances. The hero for Stoke was goalkeeper Lee Grant who made a series of important saves to deny United the win. Grant was signed on loan from Derby in August after first choice keeper Jack Butland injured his ankle.

Sunderland’s poor start

Sunderland remain in last place on the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. Sunderland have made a habit out of starting poorly in recent times with this season the third time in four years that they have failed to win a game in their opening seven matches. The draw ended a three match losing streak for Sunderland and the improved performance will be something to build upon after the international break where they will face Stoke, the only other side yet to record a victory.