Chelsea starlet’s the real deal, Crystal Palace are having a brilliant 2019 and one positive for Arsenal – what we learned in the Premier League

The Premier League once again did not fail to disappoint over the weekend with twists and turns that only this division could produce.

Manchester City and Liverpool unsurprisingly secured three points, while Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claimed his first win in charge of the club at Norwich.

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Klopp’s side continued their flying start to the campaign
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The shocks of the weekend came at Old Trafford and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Crystal Palace and Newcastle secured famous wins on the road to kick their season into gear.

But what did we learn from the weekend’s action? talkSPORT.com highlights some of the key take aways from Gameweek 3…

Mount is the real deal

Frank Lampard has showed faith in his youngsters this season and he finally reaped the rewards of his selection over the weekend.

The Blues’ line-up was their youngest starting XI since 1994, with Tammy Abraham striking twice while Mason Mount’s scored a brilliant goal to secure a narrow victory over Norwich.

And now, pundits are starting to realise that Mount is a star in the making.

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Mount made it two goals in two games and was later chosen as man of the match by talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton
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Not only did he expertly dispatch his goal, he was pretty much everywhere the whole game, pressing the opposition off the ball and driving forward with intent in possession.

His knack of choosing forward, rather than sideways or backwards passes, is a refreshing sight for Chelsea fans, who often had to endure meaningless spells of possession under Maurizio Sarri last term.

Mount, who filled in for Pedro on the flanks after the Spaniard picked up an injury in the warm-up, embraced the challenge with confidence and guile – and the Blues look to have found a real homegrown diamond on their hands.

Pochettino must bring Eriksen back

Another thing we learnt from the weekend’s action is that Tottenham must do everything in their power to keep Christian Eriksen at the club.

Despite boasting almost 80 per cent possession, the Lilywhites could only muster up two shots on target – which will be hugely alarming for Mauricio Pochettino.

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Eriksen was frustrated as Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle at home on Sunday
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Even with an explosive front four of Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son, Spurs lacked any sort of creative spark and Newcastle were able to deal with the threat with relative ease.

Eriksen was finally brought on for the remaining half hour and the game changed.

He saw passes that no one else on the pitch could, and Spurs genuinely looked like a threat again.

Had the Dane started, it could have been a very different result – and despite the playmaker’s desire to move on, Poch must play him in every match while he still has him at the club.

Hodgson is doing a remarkable job with Palace

Incredibly, aside from Man City and Liverpool, no team has taken more points in the Premier League since February than Crystal Palace.

In fact, the Eagles would be fifth in the division had the table started this year – a remarkable achievement from Roy Hodgson’s side.

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Hodgson is doing a brilliant job at Palace

The win at Old Trafford on the weekend – their first win at the stadium since 1989 –  has demonstrated just how well Hodgson is running the club and this has somewhat gone overlooked.

Palace spent approximately £5m this summer – the least of any club in the Premier League – and also cashed in on Aaron Wan-Bissaka without replacing him.

Furthermore, the Eagles’ away record against the top six is astonishing.

Palace have claimed away victories at Man United, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent seasons.

Pepe could be Arsenal’s main man

Liverpool once again tormented Arsenal at Anfield but there was one positive to take from the defeat for the Gunners and that was new summer signing Nicolas Pepe.

The Ivorian forward looked a threat throughout the match and had he taken one of his first-half chances, Arsenal may have come away with something to show from their display.

The 24-year-old constantly tried to bear his man with pacy, direct runs and, while he was ultimately well shackled by Liverpool, he showed more than enough to suggest he’ll be a huge player for Arsenal.

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Pepe looked extremely dangerous on his first start for Arsenal
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Solskjaer has plenty to prove

If we learn’t anything from this game, it’s that there are still huge problems that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to solve this season.

For the second consecutive match, the Red Devils spurned a spot kick, with Marcus Rashford smashing his effort onto the post with the score still at 0-1.

After a promising start to the season, United fans now feel like they have gone straight back to square one – and their failure to recruit a goalscoring midfielder is seemingly haunting them with every match.

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Solskjaer will have been disappointed by Uniteds performance against Palace
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Summer target Bruno Fernandes, who was reportedly deemed too lax in possession by Old Trafford chiefs this summer, provided three assists for Sporting this weekend.

There is clearly a lack of creativity in midfield and Solskjaer must solve this problem sharpish if he wants his side to make the top four – perhaps a gambling on Tahith Chong or Angel Gomes could be an option?

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