5 things we learned from the Premier League weekend

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There were comfortable wins for Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

None of the newly-promoted teams managed to win but all of last season’s top-five began the new campaign with victories.

Here are five things we learned following the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season.

City are still slick

Arsenal v Manchester City – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
Manchester City remain the team to beat (Nick Potts/PA)

Unai Emery’s Arsenal offer hope to Gunners fans

It was a 2-0 defeat for the Spaniard in his first game in charge after goals from Sterling and Bernado Silva but there were positives to take. Sunday was the first real chance to see how Emery’s Arsenal would play and for the most part, Gunners fans should be optimistic. As you would expect, the champions took the game to their hosts but Arsenal stood up to the onslaught. There was the odd mistake, most notably from goalkeeper Petr Cech, but Emery’s influence is already visible and had they not been playing Guardiola’s team, Arsenal would probably have taken something from the game.

Naby Keita could be the signing of the summer


Naby Keita looked right t home on his Liverpool debut
Naby Keita looked right t home on his Liverpool debut (Nick Potts/PA)

Jorginho as cool as Eden Hazard when it comes to taking penalties

We’ve all seen how nonchalant Hazard can be when scoring from the spot, waiting for the goalkeeper to move and commit himself before casually rolling the ball in the opposite corner. Well, in Hazard’s absence from the Chelsea starting line up at Huddersfield on Saturday, summer signing Jorginho got the chance to prove he also has nerves of steel. The Brazilian, signed from Napoli for a reported fee in the region of £50million, was the coolest player on the pitch as he skipped to the ball, forced Ben Hamer to drop to his right, and then calmly slotted the ball the other way.

Welcome to the big time

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has plenty to ponder.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has plenty to ponder (Chris Radburn/PA)

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