Arsenal and Chelsea – old foes, both under new stewardship – met at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a turbulent affair with five goals scored split 3-2 to Sarri’s men. Both sides showed potency going forward but saw their defensive shortcomings laid bare. Chelsea got off lightly on a number of occasions courtesy of wasted Arsenal chances. Elsewhere, Harry Kane finally ended his August Premier League goal drought as Tottenham comprehensively defeated promoted Fulham 3-1. Tottenham opened their home campaign at Wembley for a second season in light of news that their new Stadium may not be ready until early 2019. Leicester City was on hand to deliver a Premier League wake up call to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers as their meeting finished 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Around the league; Bournemouth, Everton, and Watford all recorded victories and Manchester City demolished Huddersfield 6-1 – a powerful warning to their future challengers. Newcastle and Cardiff drew a blank as Kenedy saw his last-gasp penalty saved leaving both teams sitting on just one point from their opening matches.
Brighton’s 3-2 triumph over Manchester United certainly sounds surprising, but actually reflects the result in Brighton’s last three home league games against the Red Devils. Their defeat served as a microcosm for Mourinho’s prophesy of a ‘difficult season’ and will undoubtedly deepen the manager’s unhappiness.