A wild Wednesday morning in the Premier League saw an astonishing 20 goals in six games as there was a huge twist in the title race, a relegation renaissance, the end of a perfect start and an emotional night at the Emirates.
Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester City
Liverpool will have the chance to pull seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League on Thursday morning (AEDT) after Newcastle United stunned Pep Guardiola’s side to move five points clear of the relegation zone.
The writing looked on the wall for Newcastle early on after Sergio Aguero put City ahead after just 24 seconds but their failure to add to that during a dominant first-half performance ultimately cost them.
Salomon Rondon’s equaliser was their first effort on goal and the Magpies just grew in confidence from there and began pushing for a second, before Fernandinho’s foul gave Matt Ritchie the chance to snatch the unlikeliest of victories.
He fired his spot-kick below the sprawling Ederson to push Newcastle up to 14th, less than 24 hours after Rafael Benitez cast doubt on his future at the club as his transfer frustrations continue to grow.
Manchester United 2-2 Burnley
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record breaking winning start to life a Manchester United manager came to an end in the most dramatic of fashions at Old Trafford as Burnley took a stunning two-goal lead.
A huge error from Andreas Pereira, brought in for Ander Herrera in central midfield, saw Ashley Barnes pounce and thump the ball past David de Gea before his strike partner Chris Wood made the most of some slack defending to do the same.
The relegation battlers held that lead up until the 87th minute when Jesse Lingard won a penalty which was ably converted by Paul Pogba before Victor Lindelof nicked the equaliser in the 92nd minute after Tom Heaton had initially denied Alexis Sanchez with a stunning save.
While Solskjaer was unable to set a new Premier League record for consecutive wins as a new manager, he did evoke some memories of a certain goal in 1999 for which he is most famous for.
Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff City
On an emotional night, the Emirates Stadium paid tribute to Emiliano Sala who should have been making his debut for Cardiff.
His name was marked on the back of the matchday programme with a daffodil rather than a squad number as both sets of players, officials and supporters paid tribute to the Argentine.
Once the football began, a fairly dull first half was followed by a run-of-the-mill second as Arsenal managed to push into another gear to stretch Cardiff further than they could go.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from the spot before turning provider for a fine second for Alexandre Lacazette.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored a late consolation goal, deep into injury time, but that was all that they could muster as the Welsh side dropped back into the bottom three.
Fulham 4-2 Brighton and Hove Albion
Aleksandar Mitrovic led an incredible second-half fightback to help Fulham down Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2.
The Seagulls were up 2-0 at half-time thanks to some classy finishing from Glenn Murray – meaning the Cottagers had now conceded 53 goals this campaign already.
Serbian superhero Mitrovic put their abysmal defending stats to one side and bagged a stunning second-half brace.
Ironically, it was one of their own defenders Calum Chambers who pulled the first one back, followed by the double from their talismanic striker earning a massive three points for the club.
Substitute Luciano Vietto rubber stamped the win by netting his first goal for the west Londoners.
Wolves 3-0 West Ham United
Romain Saiss, Raul Jiminez and Diogo Jota struck as Wolverhampton Wanderers stunned West Ham United with a second-half salvo.
The Midlands outfit missed a number of chances but eventually broke the deadlock in the 66th minutes and soon later the floodgates opened.
Despite locking in superstar forward Marko Arnautovic earlier in the week, the Hammers never really troubled the home side.
The east Londoners have now lost three in a row and are in need of a big boost to appease their fans.
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Everton
Richarlison’s early-strike helped 10-man Everton get back to winning ways at bottom-side Huddersfield.
The Brazilian fired the Toffees into the lead after just three minutes, pouncing onto a parried shot to notch up his 11th goal of the season.
An hour later, referee Stuart Atwell had no choice but to dismiss Everton left-back Lucas Digne for bringing down Adama Diakhaby when he was clean through on goal.
The French full back had only been on the field for a dozen minutes after taking over from the injured Leighton Baines.