Premier League Matchday 3: Match reports and highlights from the weekend's action

Here is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the latest batch of fixtures from the English top flight.

By Robert Cottingham Published: 29 August 2021 - 7.57pm

The 2021/22 Premier League campaign is in full swing with a third round of fixtures across Saturday and Sunday before the season's first international break. 

Read on, or jump to a specific match for match reports, highlights and all you need to know about Matchday 3. 

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Saturday 28 August

Man City 5-0 Arsenal

Manchester City put 10-man Arsenal to the sword with an emphatic victory during a contest they controlled from start to finish at the Etihad Stadium.

Two early goals for the home side set the tone during a sensational performance for Pep Guardiola's men as Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres punished sloppy defending by the visitors.

Granit Xhaka was then given his marching orders for a two-footed tackle on Joao Cancelo before Gabriel Jesus added a third goal before half-time.

The Gunners managed to stem the bleeding after the break, sacrificing any attacking intent in an exercise in damage control.

It was a strategy that didn't really pay off for under-fire Arteta as Rodri and Torres added two more goals to City's tally, which could have ended up at seven or eight with more clinical finishing.

The result leaves Arsenal rooted to the foot of the table after three games as questions continue to mount about the direction of the club.

City, meanwhile, secured their second consecutive 5-0 league win and look imperious following their opening day defeat to Spurs.

Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Ivan Toney maintained Brentford’s unbeaten start to the season as the Bees earned a deserved 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

The striker’s first goal of the campaign ensured Thomas Frank’s side continue their seamless adaptation to life in the Premier League.

Emi Buendia’s leveller, his first goal since a club-record move from Norwich, pegged the Bees back but five points from their first three games represents a healthy return, as they denied former boss Dean Smith victory at Villa Park.

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Brighton 0-2 Everton

Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired Everton to a commanding 2-0 win at Brighton as the Toffees extended their unbeaten start to the new Premier League campaign.

Everton jumped into the embryonic table’s top four thanks to two wins and a draw, with Gray claiming his second goal of the season and Calvert-Lewin making it three in three games.

Brazil forward Richarlison had a petulant strop when denied the chance to take a penalty, with Calvert-Lewin instead coolly dispatching the spot-kick.

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Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

James Ward-Prowse snatched a point with a last-gasp penalty as Southampton twice came from behind to draw at Newcastle and keep the pressure on Magpies boss Steve Bruce.

The Saints skipper struck to make it 2-2 six minutes into stoppage time after the Magpies found themselves on the wrong end of a VAR decision for the third successive Premier League game.

It was no more than the visitors deserved after out-playing and out-thinking their hosts for much of a contest they probably should have won at a canter, but found themselves chasing after Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin had struck either side of Mohamed Elyounoussi’s equaliser.

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Norwich 1-2 Leicester

Norwich were denied a first point of the new Premier League season after Marc Albrighton’s deflected 76th-minute strike earned Leicester a 2-1 victory at Carrow Road before VAR ruled out a late leveller.

After Jamie Vardy and Teemu Pukki had ended their respective goal droughts in the first half, a frantic second period produced more drama in Norfolk.

Daniel Farke’s men had looked the more likely to find a late winner but Albrighton punished the Canaries with a sucker-punch before celebrations by the hosts late on were cut short when Kenny McLean’s header was ruled out for offside.

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West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace

A second-half brace from Conor Gallagher saw Crystal Palace open their goalscoring account for the season as they battled to a 2-2 Premier League draw at West Ham.

The Eagles remain winless under new boss Patrick Vieira but this was a step in the right direction as they twice came from behind to earn a point at the London Stadium.

West Ham went into the game in fine form as manager David Moyes named an unchanged side for the third game in a row, seemingly justified in his selection when both Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio had put the hosts ahead.

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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea put on a defensive masterclass as Thomas Tuchel’s men dug deep to secure a 1-1 draw at Liverpool after Reece James was sent off during an explosive end to the first half.

Kai Havertz headed Chelsea into the lead during a captivating opening period that ended dramatically as the video assistant referee advised Anthony Taylor to check the pitchside monitor.

The referee sent off James for handball and Mohamed Salah scored from the resulting penalty, but Liverpool could not eke out a second-half winner as Chelsea channelled their anger into a superb defensive display.

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Sunday 29 August

Burnley 1-1 Leeds

Patrick Bamford’s late equaliser rescued Leeds a point in a 1-1 draw at Burnley to leave both sides chasing their first Premier League win of the season.

Chris Wood gave Burnley a second-half lead against his former club, but Bamford celebrated his England call-up with his first goal of the season with five minutes remaining.

Sean Dyche’s side fought and scrapped their way to their first point of the new campaign and threatened to overpower Leeds, who showed impressive resolve to hit back.

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Tottenham 1-0 Watford

Son Heung-min marked his 200th Premier League appearance with the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Watford that sends Tottenham into the international break top of the table.

Son’s first-half free-kick was the difference between the two sides in north London and means that Nuno Espirito Santo becomes the first Spurs boss to win his first three league games in charge since Arthur Rowe in 1949.

All three have been by a 1-0 scoreline following narrow victories over Manchester City and Wolves and – being the only team with a 100 per cent record from their first three games – there is early-season optimism that Nuno’s side might be able to challenge for the top four.

They will face sterner tests than this as although Watford were competitive, the hosts were always in control.

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Wolves 0-1 Man Utd

Mason Greenwood continued his electric start to the season as his late strike snatched Manchester United a 1-0 victory at Wolves.

Greenwood’s third goal in three games made the hosts pay for a string of missed chances and also saw United set a new all-time English football record by extending their unbeaten away record to 28 matches.

But United needed David De Gea’s sensational second-half stop from Romain Saiss to give them the platform for victory.

It capped a dramatic week at Old Trafford after United agreed a deal with Juventus to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, 12 years after he left for Real Madrid.

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