Southampton comprehensively outplayed West Ham at the London stadium, heaping even more pressure on Slaven Bilic.
The 3-0 scoreline actually served to flatter West Ham, who were dreadful for long periods of the game, mustering a single shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. They sit in the relegation zone on 3 points. Charlie Austin opened the scoring with yet another goal, a left footer into the bottom corner after a Bertrand cut-back. Austin next put Tadic in one on one with a through ball, the Serb passed by Adrian without touching the ball. Ward-Prowse added a deserved third in injury time. If the Saints were as clinical as they should be, they could have had 7. Lanzini and Noble were particularly disappointing for the Irons, though Antonio and Payet also failed to influence the game too much.
Summer signing Moussa Sissoko seems certain to miss Tuesdays’ trip to Moscow in the Champions League after he was replaced at the Riverside because of a head injury.
"Moussa is a doubt," said Mauricio Pochettino post-match. "He has….. Yes, yes, a possible concussion." If confirmed, then Sissoko would miss at least one game due to the Football Associations concussion protocol which stipulates ‘the player should not be allowed to play for at least 6 days after the injury.’ Erik Lamela is expected to fill the void having found himself on the fringes of the starting XI in the league, no starts since August, after Heung-Min Son became Pochettino’s go to man following a string of sparkling performances.
Kevin de Bruyne is hoping the hamstring injury he suffered at Swansea on Saturday will only keep him out for a couple of weeks.
The City playmaker will have a scan today to help determine the extent of the damage but De Bruyne is almost certain to miss Wednesdays’ Champions League tie against Celtic and next weekends’ trip to White Hart Lane. Speaking post-match, Pep Guardiola had this to say: "From the way her reacted, I think it's a muscular injury but I am not a doctor. I don't know how serious it is so we will travel back and then see what the doctor says." With Nolito suspended until after the international break, the absence of De Bruyne could see Jesus Navas return to the side unless Guardiola fancies a slight change of formation with Kelechi Iheanacho partnering Sergio Aguero in a 4-4-2.
Thibout Courtois made two saves and conceded three goals in Chelsea's loss at Arsenal on Saturday.
Courtois was left helpless on all three goals he conceded in GW6. The first came after a mistake by Gary Cahill, which allowed Alexis Sanchez to race through unmarked, while the second and third were products of Arsenal's creativity. The poor defensive display can also be attributed to the absence of John Terry. How costly has his absence been? Without Terry they have conceded five goals in consecutive defeats. Courtois and Chelsea will look to get back on track when they travel to Hull City next Saturday.
Cesc Fabregas made his first start of the season in Chelsea's 3-0 loss at Arsenal on Saturday.
Fabregas earned the start after scoring twice in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, but his inclusion in the starting XI wasn't enough to save Chelsea against his former club. The Blues were outplayed by Arsenal in the first half, conceding three goals before the interval, while the former Gunner was replaced in the 55th minute by defender Marcos Alonso. Fabregas, who started 33 matches and assisted on seven goals last season, has played just 87 minutes for Antonio Conte this campaign.
Alexis Sanchez scored a goal and recorded an assist as Arsenal disposed of Chelsea at the Emirates, 3-0.
Arsenal were firing on all cylinders in a first half that saw Sanchez wreck havoc on Chelsea's defense. The Chilean made his first contribution of the match in the 11th minute, when he picked up a poor back pass, and chipped Courtois to take a 1-0 lead. Arsenal went on to extend their advantage three minutes later, through Theo Walcott, and again in the 40th minute. The third goal was a work of beauty as Sanchez clipped a ball, over Gary Cahill and David Luiz, to Meshut Ozil who struck a splendid volley over Courtois and in off the post. Sanchez's man of the match performance was central to Arsenal's fourth straight victory, while his goal saw him extend his scoring streak (three goals in his past two matches).
Fernando Llorente scored a goal (two shots on target) in Swansea City's loss to Manchester City on Saturday, 3-1.
Llorente leveled the match, with a crack of a finish, when he smashed a half-volley home in the 11th minute - his first goal of the season. However, a brace from Sergio Aguero and a late goal from Raheem Sterling saw Manchester City prove too much for the Swans to overcome. Swansea will look to bounce back next week - in another tough matchup - against Liverpool.
The high-flying Everton attack was shut out for the first time this season in a 1-0 away loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Everton's run at the top of the table (well, second behind Manchester City) came to a quick end after managing only two shots on target during a run where the club has scored six goals in the last two games alone. Romelu Lukaku overcame a toe injury to start but looked sluggish up top in the midst of a formidable defensive effort from Bournemouth's back-four. Meanwhile for the Toffees, left-back Leighton Baines was a late scratch due to a hamstring injury, which saw Bryan Oviedo get the start in defense.