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6 of the Best Moments From a Premier League Weekend Full of Surprises

Published on: 23 October 2016

From Manchester United being hammered by Chelsea, to Manchester City failing to win a fifth straight game in all competitions, and Arsenal rising to the top of the Premier League to celebrate Arsene Wenger's birthday despite only drawing, there was plenty going on up and down the country this weekend.


Here's a look at six of the best moments across all 10 games.

Best Goal Gifting Calamity

After gifting Barcelona three of their four goals in the Champions League on Wednesday night,there was no let up in Manchester City's generosity as Southampton made the trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.


With possession football drilled into the players, it wasJohn Stones' aimlessback pass that caught Vincent Kompany unaware and left Claudio Bravo on an island. Saints winger Nathan Redmond, who later said thathis team were expecting mistakes to come, gratefully pounced.

Best (Weird)Skill

What West Ham star Dimitri Payet can do with a football, he can also apparently do with chewing gum. Not long ago, Mesut Ozil impressed fans on social media after spitting out his gum and kicking it back into his mouth, however gross.


Prior to West Ham's win over Sunderland on Saturday,Payet went even further with as many as four touches with foot and kneebefore landing itbackin his mouth.

Best Managerial Intervention

In the weekend's last game,Antonio Conte saw his Chelsea team humiliatea poor Manchester United side, led by Jose Mourinho on his first trip back to Stamford Bridge since being sacked in December.


At 4-0 it was the United fans who were still making their voices heard in the dying minutes inwest London. As a result,Conte then took it upon himself to rouse the home supporters and get some kind of Chelsea noise inside the stadium.


"I was listening to only the Manchester United supporters, so I called the fansto give the players a great response," the Italian said afterwards.

Best Save

People were still talking about Hugo Lloris' incredible Champions Leaguesave against Bayer Leverkusen from Tuesday night when Tottenham kicked off their game at Bournemouth at Saturday lunchtime.


Although not quiteas ridiculously brilliant this time, Lloris was in actionjust five minutes in as he somehowmanaged to deflect a goal-bound ball onto the crossbar and to safety. Spurs drew the game 0-0, maintaining their unbeaten start and theleague's best defensive record.

Best FreeKick

Xherdan Shaqiri's performance on Saturday is more of what Stoke fans want to see from the Swiss maestro, who has been somewhatinconsistent since joining the club last summer.


Thiswas definitelythe best of him. He was involved in everything, scored a wonderful opener in the first half (only beaten to best goal of the weekendby another worldie, more of which to come)and then doubled the lead to seal the three points against Hull with a perfectly struck free-kick in the second.

Best Goal

A Premier League champion and a firm fan favourite, Christian Fuchs had done virtually everything he could have wanted in a Leicester shirtbut score a goal before Saturday's much needed win over Crystal Palace.


That all changed in spectacular fashion with the Foxes'third of the game in the 3-1 victory, a piledriver from distance met as sweetly as could be on the half volley.

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