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With gameweek six all done and dusted and the goals having finally dried up a little after a manic first few weeks, the table is still no easier to make out.

There is no runaway leader and it is still a case of anyone can beat anyone with the loss of Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool meaning predictions are even harder to come by than usual.

Here are the five biggest talking points from the latest round of Premier League games…

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He has been one of the most exciting players in the Eredivisie over the last few seasons and been a key cog in the Ajax team who got all the way to the semi-finals of the Champions League two seasons ago, but what is the point of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United?

The club paid £40m for the Dutchman to form a world-class middle three with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba but he has so far been restricted to just 48 minutes in the Premier League and was left on the bench for the lifeless 0-0 draw with Chelsea on the weekend.

If you’re regularly leaving a creative player on the bench, who has excelled whenever he has played so far, even when you’re completely devoid of any attacking imagination, it does beg the question of why was he signed? Especially when that extra money would have pushed the Jadon Sancho deal over the line – or have signed Erling Haaland back in January.

It’s even more puzzling when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted the reason he is not getting his chance is because of the competition for places. Even with Paul Pogba dropped for the last two three games, Van de Beek has not featured, with Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred all currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

Blues, Red Devils share draw

Blues, Red Devils share draw


It raises further questions about Manchester United’s recruitment strategy as it was clearly not Solskjaer who wanted him and with no director of football, does it mean that Ed Woodward is now signing players that he alone wants? It’s even more of a mystery when central midfield was probably the position the club was already most stocked in.

“Donny should not have gone to Manchester United,” said Dutch legend Marco van Basten. “When you are a good player you want to play every week. It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year. That is shocking for your match rhythm.

“I know he is earning loads and loads more than he used to. But as a top player you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club. Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.”


Mikel Arteta has been in charge of Arsenal now for 26 Premier League games, and while he has won a FA Cup and a Community Shield, his most recent game in charge was yet another drab defeat, this time at home to Leicester City.

He has won just 46 per cent of the games he has managed in the league, losing eight and drawing six to see Arsenal finish eighth last season and sit in 11th this term.

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VAR robs Gunners of goal?

VAR robs Gunners of goal?


But where is the pressure from Arsenal fans for improvement? It was there for his predecessor Unai Emery after this period and his record was far superior at the same stage. His win percentage was 12 per cent greater as his side scored 13 goals more during his first 26 games.

So why does Arteta get a free pass? Is it because he is a former player or have the standards of Arsenal fans finally become more pragmatic?

One thing he has certainly improved is the defence, conceding nine fewer goals in the Premier League than Emery, but for everything else – including possession – he is behind.

Maybe it is because of Emery’s struggle to grasp the English language which made him appear more ill-suited to the job compared to Arteta’s stylish approach to media duties which makes him seem like a more capable pair of hands.

Whatever it is, Arteta needs to use this extra time he is being given to good effect, before the fans become impatient and do eventually turn on him.


After arguments about whether the deadliest attack in the Premier League is Salah-Mane-Firmino or Martial-Rashford-Greenwood last season, this season has seen a clear winner. And it’s neither.

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combined again on Tuesday morning to see off Burnley in an undeserved victory, but the sort of game a good team wins without playing well. Whisper it, but isn’t that a ‘mark of champions’?

Son now has eight goals in the league this season and Kane has eight assists, with both of the Spurs forwards topping the rankings in each of those metrics. It’s already Kane’s best return for an entire season in terms of assists, with the next highest being John McGinn of Aston Villa on four.

Son stars for Spurs again

Son stars for Spurs again


In Premier League history, only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have now combined for more goals than Son and Kane, while the England captain has been directly involved in 13 goals already this season.

The impact Jose Mourinho has had on him is clear to see and with Gareth Bale still to be added on a more regular basis to that attacking triumvirate and you wouldn’t be surprised if, given the current state of Premier League challengers, if this could finally be Spurs’ year.


The league usually takes its shape for the season at around gameweek 10, but with six games already played, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be taking home the silverware this season.

Everton and Aston Villa became the final two teams to lose their unbeaten starts to the season this weekend and although they remain in first and third respectfully, it is unlikely they will remain there throughout the course of the season.

Liverpool’s unconvincing win at home to struggling Sheffield United leaves them in third but with plenty of question marks over their season post-Van Dijk injury, while the rest of the teams who finished in the top four last year currently no higher than 10th.

Saints end Everton's streak

Saints end Everton’s streak


After six rounds there are only eight points separating 16th and 1st and there is a genuine chance we get a repeat of that Leicester City season, with an unexpected champions coming from nowhere to lift the trophy.

10 games is usually the indicator of where everyone will actually end up and which managers are under the most pressure going into the busy Christmas period, but right now there is no standout favourite.


While positions 1-16 look pretty close, there is already a bottom four developing at the wrong end of the table.

West Brom, Burnley, Sheffield United and Fulham have all failed to win a game so far this season with the latter three losing all but one of the games they have played so far.

While West Brom and Fulham were always expected to struggle, it is a big worry for Sheffield United who spent the majority of last season in the top five under Chris Wilder’s impressive tactical revolution.

Zaha helps Eagles boss Fulham

Zaha helps Eagles boss Fulham


It is still early days but there has not been much to suggest that any of these teams can string a few wins together so far, with Burnley’s best performance to date coming in this morning’s 1-0 loss at home to Tottenham.

Scott Parker is the favourite to be the first manager sacked this season now, overtaking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it happen sooner rather than later, with the need to stay in the league greater than ever given the current financial crisis gripping the Football League.

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