1) Does Emery know where best to use Aubameyang?

Unai Emery delivered an overdue update on Danny Welbeck, the Arsenal striker who was stricken against Sporting in the Europa League last Thursday. Welbeck, the manager reported, underwent surgery last Friday to repair his badly broken ankle and he will be out for some time. With Welbeck’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, has he played his final game for the club? Emery had more pressing matters with his strikers against Wolves and he made a tactical change at half‑time, switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-1-2 in order to allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to come in from the flank and partner Alexandre Lacazette up front. In the first half, Aubameyang had routinely drifted inside from the left. He did not look comfortable in that role. Arsenal would improve to draw 1-1. Is it the best use of Aubameyang’s talents to play him off the wing? David Hytner

• Match report: Arsenal 1-1 Wolves

2) Hughton’s complaining misses the point

Cardiff have made a miserable start to the season, and are second favourites to go down. Yet, after Brighton lost against them, Chris Hughton decided that what he really needed to do was criticise the officials. The reality is, the laws of football are badly drafted and interpreting them requires officials to perform tasks beyond the capability of the human eye. Big mistakes are inevitable. So though Sol Bamba was, as Hughton says, offside before scoring the winning goal, that is not the point. What is the point is that Brighton took an early lead, missed fine chances to extend it and then, after Cardiff equalised, Dale Stephens got himself sent off. Which is to say that Brighton lost not because the officials made mistakes but because Brighton made mistakes. Hughton and his players would do well to acknowledge that. Daniel Harris

• Match report: Cardiff 2-1 Brighton

3) Silva’s servicemen stymie Jorginho

Marco Silva was asked about Everton’s shackling of Eden Hazard in the wake of Chelsea’s first scoreless display at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri. While he acknowledged the Belgian as the Premier League’s player of the season to date, he pointed to another tactic which had paid off handsomely to blunt the home side’s intent: Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison had been charged with closing down Jorginho and unsettling “one of the keys in Maurizio’s system”. The Italy midfielder was hassled out of possession too often and unable to dictate the pace of Chelsea’s approach before being hauled off just after the hour. “He controls the match with the ball for Chelsea, but we blocked him fantastically,” the Everton manager said, offering others an insight into how to frustrate this team’s ambition. Dominic Fifield

• Match report: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

Jorginho attempts to hand off Gylfi Sigurdsson during Everton’s battling draw at Stamford Bridge.
Jorginho attempts to hand off Gylfi Sigurdsson during Everton’s battling draw at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Tony McArdle - Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images

4) Lloris ends mixed day on a high note

What had happened to Hugo Lloris? An hour into this match the Spurs goalkeeper became a clear target for the Crystal Palace artillery after the Frenchman had punched one cross on to the head of Palace’s James Tomkins, only for the ball to skid wide, and flapped at others. The next corner was worse, Lloris staying rooted to his line and giving Tomkins a free header that he put wide. It’s been a strange season on the pitch for Lloris and a problematic one off it. But Mauricio Pochettino has stuck with his man and in the last minute Lloris showed why, blocking Alexander Sørloth’s close-range shot with a superbly agile save to preserve a win for Spurs. “The players are not machines and can have ups and downs,” said Pochettino, “but I am super supportive with the players. Hugo is one of the best there is, no doubt.” Paul MacInnes

• Match report: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

5) Ruthlessness lacking from Wagner’s men

After the start Huddersfield have made to the season they need to be looking out for winnable matches – this was an opportunity passed up. David Wagner was right to say his side were unlucky, and he could as usual take pride in the work rate and team spirit, but the Terriers cannot afford to be as wasteful in front of goal. Alex Pritchard became the first Huddersfield player to score at home this season, which is a start, though scarcely a favourable augury a dozen games in. Opportunities are being created but the strikers Steve Mounié and Laurent Depoitre have a wretched conversion rate. A patched-up West Ham were below their best, by Manuel Pellegrini’s own admission, but unlike their opponents they are looking up the table rather than over their shoulder and can look forward to Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll coming back into the side after the international break. Paul Wilson

• Match report: Huddersfield 1-1 West Ham

6) Leicester handle gruelling fortnight with huge dignity

Anybody who has spent time around Leicester over the past couple of weeks will know the club have handled the most awful story in such a dignified fashion. The utmost respect has been shown to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, their former owner, and the four others who lost their lives in the helicopter accident last month but the club have also treated those who came to pay tributes, or even report on the tragedy, with a human touch. Those working on the inside have been grieving while carrying on with their day job, putting all their energy into ensuring the leadup to this emotional game, as well as the day itself, struck just the right tone. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed and prompted Susan Whelan, the chief executive, to take the unprecedented step of giving every member of staff the day off on Monday. It could not be more deserved. Stuart James

• Match report: Leicester 0-0 Burnley

Fans show their love and respect for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during a two minute silence or before the match against Burnley.
Fans show their love and respect for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during a two minute silence before the match against Burnley. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

7) Irate Jokanovic edges towards the brink

Slavisa Jokanovic did not hold back in his criticism of the match officials at Anfield, though knew he should. “I could say they didn’t make any mistakes and had a great game,” he said. Instead, Fulham’s manager accused Paul Tierney and his assistants of disrespecting him, his club and the supporters. Even if anger was justified over Mohamed Salah’s opening goal – and replays did not end the debate over the validity of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header 14 seconds earlier – it was a harsh verdict on the officials. Maybe it showed the manager cared not a jot about potential punishment from the Football Association with his team bottom of the Premier League and rumours about his future at Craven Cottage. His team’s display against Liverpool supported his case to be given time to adapt a new-look team to the top flight, although the international break brings a test of the Fulham ownership’s faith. Andy Hunter

• Match report: Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

8) City’s ‘Little Messi’ ensures De Bruyne absence goes unnoticed

Kevin De Bruyne’s recurrent injury problems would have harmed a team of lesser resources than Manchester City but they could afford to pay €50m for Bernardo Silva, who has become hugely prominent this season. The player known as “little Messi” at Benfica has become an adaptable worker bee of the type Pep Guardiola enjoys working with. He is no luxury player: talent, skill and imagination are combined with hard labour. Silva has also taken to the “tactical fouls” on advancing opponents in midfield that Guardiola detractors point to as a cynical part of the masterplan. It was David Silva who opened City’s scoring but that would not have been possible without the younger Silva’s determination to thread the ball back from the byline. And he often skated through and around the human towers José Mourinho employed in midfield. John Brewin

• Match report: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

9) Rondón the gladiator calms the St James’ revolt

Two successive wins and St James’ Park seems a different place. It appears Salomón Rondón’s goals did not merely undo Bournemouth’s backline but pacified the early-season protests against Mike Ashley. Indeed as Newcastle’s owner clapped enthusiastically from the directors’ box there was not even a hint of dissent. “It’s like this in history,” a relieved Rafael Benítez said. “The Romans had bread and circus and everybody’s happy. Now it’s football, now it’s goals and wins.” If Newcastle’s manager proved precisely why he was so keen to take Rondón on loan from West Brom, Federico Fernández’s defensive excellence emphasised the £6m invested in transporting the Argentinian from Swansea was money extremely well spent. Although it would be foolish to assume Newcastle’s struggles are over – “any win is massive for us,” said Benítez – the presence of Rondón and Fernández in their spine has put the security of mid-table within touching distance. Louise Taylor

• Match report: Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth

10) Austin left hoping FA will see the funny side of ‘joke’ rant

Charlie Austin is likely to discover on Monday if he faces an FA charge for labelling Simon Hooper’s decision to incorrectly rule out his goal in Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Watford a “joke”. Austin’s reaction was startling but also justified on what was a dreadful afternoon for Hooper – earlier in the game he failed to award Watford a definite penalty. Going back to his first game as a Premier League referee, Crystal Palace’s 3-1 victory at Norwich in August 2015, he also made a howler in ruling out a Cameron Jerome goal for a high boot. Yet given Hooper’s lack of experience – the match on Saturday was only his fourth in the Premier League – he perhaps deserves less criticism and more sympathy. More broadly, he surely deserves help in the form of VAR, something Austin also called for during his tirade. Sachin Nakrani

• Match report: Southampton 1-1 Watford

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Man City 12 31 32
2 Liverpool 12 18 30
3 Chelsea 12 19 28
4 Tottenham Hotspur 12 10 27
5 Arsenal 12 11 24
6 AFC Bournemouth 12 5 20
7 Watford 12 3 20
8 Man Utd 12 -1 20
9 Everton 12 4 19
10 Leicester 12 1 17
11 Wolverhampton 12 -1 16
12 Brighton 12 -5 14
13 West Ham 12 -4 12
14 Newcastle 12 -6 9
15 Burnley 12 -13 9
16 Crystal Palace 12 -9 8
17 Southampton 12 -13 8
18 Cardiff 12 -14 8
19 Huddersfield 12 -16 7
20 Fulham 12 -20 5
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