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5 talking points from the weekend

5 talking points from the weekend


From world-class goals to Mike Dean’s new beard, find out which Premier League moments got tongues wagging

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Welcome back, Premier League weekends. The action came thick and fast across Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of drama to remind us just what we’ve been missing.


Find out what grabbed our attention below…


1. Joelinton is officially a goal machine

Apart from his teammates, manager, fans, Mike Ashley and Fantasy Premier League owners, who cares if Newcastle United’s £40 million striker hadn’t scored a league goal since August? Thanks to his tap-in during the Magpies’ 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday, the Brazilian is up and running again. Bring on an end-of-season flourish!


2. The Meh-seyside Derby

Everton’s clash with Liverpool could have made Sunday evening more combustible than the aftermath of a roast dinner, but it failed to live up to expectations spectacularly. Both teams struggled to light up Goodison Park in a fixture that has now been goalless in three of its last five matches in the Premier League.


3. Mike Dean’s magnificent beard

“I don’t care how many Zoom meetings you’ve set up, I’m in charge here.”


If the Merseyside Derby itself was underwhelming, at least we were treated to a bold new look from referee Mike Dean. Dean’s facial hair was the talk of social media – and it’s easy to see why. Giving him a somewhat grizzled appearance, it can be safely assumed he has spent lockdown in a cabin in the woods.


4. Arsenal do an Arsenal

The Premier League restart has not been kind to Arsenal. First it was a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City. Then, on Saturday, they were subjected to a disastrous 2-1 loss at struggling Brighton that has left them hovering listlessly in mid-table. What next for the Gunners? A tricky trip to a buoyant Southampton. Things could be about to get worse for Mikel Arteta and his players…


5. Worldies at Watford

Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Watford wasn’t the most exciting match you’ll ever see, but at least we were treated to two stunning goals at the end of the game. Ben Chilwell put the Foxes ahead with a left-footed screamer into the top corner, only for Craig Dawson to do his best Zlatan impression and fire an acrobatic volley home right at the death. Top work, lads!


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