Liverpool are blessed in attack, Mikel Arteta must solve the Kai Havertz conundrum and Man City’s penalty woes continue… 10 THINGS WE LEARNED from the Premier League this weekend

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Six teams remain unbeaten in the Premier League after the third week of matches, with champions Manchester City the only side with a perfect record after beating Sheffield United.

Liverpool recorded a dramatic comeback win over Newcastle, after Darwin Nunez came off the bench to score twice in the closing stages for the 10-man Reds.

Arsenal were stunned by Joao Palhinha’s late equaliser for Fulham at the Emirates, while West Ham and Tottenham earned impressive wins over Brighton and Bournemouth.

Brentford also remain unbeaten following a home draw against Crystal Palace, but Burnley, Everton, Luton and Sheffield United are still yet to pick up a point. 

Here, Mail Sport looks at some of the key talking points from the Premier League weekend.

Champions Man City are the only side to have picked up maximum points after three games

Champions Man City are the only side to have picked up maximum points after three games

Liverpool celebrated a dramatic 2-1 win over Newcastle despite being reduced to 10-men

Liverpool celebrated a dramatic 2-1 win over Newcastle despite being reduced to 10-men

Arsenal were stung by a late Fulham equaliser which ended their perfect start to the season

Arsenal were stung by a late Fulham equaliser which ended their perfect start to the season

Liverpool are blessed with attacking options

There is an argument that Jurgen Klopp is blessed with the best pool of attacking options in the Premier League.

Their start to the season has furthered this suggestion with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and now Nunez having found the back of the net in Liverpool’s opening three matches.

Klopp’s biggest challenge will be determining his best front three, one which could rival their previously formidable tandem of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Salah is the only one of Liverpool’s current crop of forwards guaranteed to start every week, with the Egyptian continuing to have the position on the right wing locked down. The 31-year-old started all but one of Liverpool’s Premier League matches last season and the trend has continued so far.

With his injury problems hopefully behind him, Luis Diaz looks the best fit to start on the left with the Colombian notching two in the opening three games. However, Klopp opted to sacrifice Diaz following Virgil van Dijk’s red card against Newcastle.

Darwin Nunez came off the bench to inspire Liverpool's dramatic victory over Newcastle

Darwin Nunez came off the bench to inspire Liverpool’s dramatic victory over Newcastle

Cody Gapko earned the nod up front but failed to further his claim, while Jota appeared to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch in the latter stages of last season.

The jury was out on Nunez during a mixed debut campaign but he enjoyed a prolific pre-season, leading to some surprise that the Uruguayan has only featured from the bench so far.

Nunez’s match-winning display against Newcastle showed a clinical edge he lacked at times last season, with his performance boosting his hopes of a start against Aston Villa.

The competition for places can only bode well for Liverpool going forward. 

Newcastle and Howe’s wretched record against Liverpool continues

The late turnaround at St James’ Park saw Liverpool inflict further misery on Newcastle and Eddie Howe.

Despite being typically viewed as a classic Premier League encounter, Liverpool continue to dominate the fixture. Liverpool have now stretched their unbeaten run over the Magpies to 14 matches, a run consisting of 10 wins and four draws.

Newcastle last victory back back in December 2015, when a Martin Skrtel own goal and a strike by future Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum earned them a 2-0 win.

Two of Newcastle’s five Premier League defeats last season were inflicted by Klopp’s side, who have won their past five meetings.

All of those have come under Eddie Howe, who has now lost 13 of 15 matches against Klopp during his time as both Bournemouth and Newcastle boss.

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In fact, Klopp’s latest win over Howe saw him become the first boss in Premier League history to win 11 consecutive matches against another manager.

Newcastle and Howe will be ruing the golden chance to end their respective poor records against Liverpool and Klopp having been both a goal and a man up.

Howe in particular might be reflecting on the decision to substitute the impressive Anthony Gordon and Sandro Tonali when leading.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has now lost 11 consecutive matches against Jurgen Klopp

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has now lost 11 consecutive matches against Jurgen Klopp

Keeping Joao Palhinha is vital for Fulham

Palhinha’s dramatic late equaliser for Fulham earned Marco Silva’s side a unlikely 2-2 draw at the Emirates after being reduced to 10-men.

The sight of the Portuguese midfielder thumping the Fulham badge in celebration will have only added to the delight of their away supporters.

While only a gesture and plenty can change in the final week of the transfer window, the act may indicate that the midfielder will be sticking around at Craven Cottage this season.

Liverpool and West Ham have been among the clubs to have been interested in Palhinha this summer. The latter’s interest prompting the Cottagers to place a stunning £90million price tag on the midfielder.

Given the fees paid for midfielder’s this transfer window, Fulham will feel even more justified in that valuation.

Palhinha importance to the team was illustrated again in his outstanding display against Arsenal, first in midfield and then when he dropped back into defence after Calvin Bassey’s red card.

Having already seen Aleksandar Mitrovic depart for Saudi Arabia this summer, keeping Palhinha might be Fulham’s most significant bit of business this transfer window. 

Joao Palhinha illustrated his worth to Fulham in their 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Saturday

Joao Palhinha illustrated his worth to Fulham in their 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Saturday

Mikel Arteta must solve the Kai Havertz conundrum

The signing of Kai Havertz this summer was greeted with scepticism by many after the German international failed to live up to expectations at Chelsea.

Arsenal’s decision to splash out £65million on Havertz appeared to many as an expensive gamble. The jury is out during the very early stages of Havertz’s time at Arsenal, with his underwhelming start already leading to criticism from some supporters.

Havertz touched the ball just 22 times in the first half against Fulham, the least of any Arsenal player. He added only six more after half-time before being hauled off in the 56th minute.

Granit Xhaka, the man Havertz replaced on the left side of Arsenal’s midfield three this summer, managed 71 by comparison in the same fixture last season.

Kai Havertz has had an underwhelming start to life at Arsenal following his move from Chelsea

Kai Havertz has had an underwhelming start to life at Arsenal following his move from Chelsea

Mikel Arteta has unsurprisingly jumped to Havertz’s defence and insists the summer signing will win the Arsenal fans over.

‘Yes, I think he will,’ Arteta said post-match. ‘I think he’s done already really good things today. It was tough for him in certain moments, he got in great areas again and the ball didn’t arrive.

‘He’s had a lot of situations, he should have scored already a lot of goals this season, and that’s the thing that is missing there.’

Gary Neville has also insisted Havertz needs time to settle at Arsenal, with the Sky Sports pundit suggesting Arteta needs to go back to basics next weekend against Manchester United. 

Regardless, Arteta must find a way to play to Havertz’s strengths in his new deeper midfield role to ensure the summer signing shows he was worth the hefty outlay. 

Diogo Dalot left back struggles will force Man United into the market

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Erik ten Hag turned to Diogo Dalot against Nottingham Forest with Luke Shaw ruled out of action with a muscle injury.

The Portuguese international struggled in his emergency left back role during the match, suggesting he will not be a long-term solution.

Shaw is expected to be out of action for the next couple of months, with back-up Tyrell Malacia still a few weeks away from fitness.

The decision to start Dalot suggests Ten Hag does not believe young left-back Alvaro Fernandez is ready to step up, despite starting in four of their pre-season matches.

Having initially appeared well set at left back, injuries and Dalot’s struggles in a makeshift role have bumped the position up Man United’s priority list in the final week of the transfer window.

Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella, Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon and Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso, are all under consideration to fill the void.

United have also enquired about Brentford’s Rico Henry ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

Diogo Dalot's struggles as an emergency left back will force Man United into the market

Diogo Dalot’s struggles as an emergency left back will force Man United into the market

Can Sasa Kalajdzic be the man to end Wolves search for goals?

Wolves meeting with Everton at Goodison Park was unlikely to produce many goals, with both teams struggles to find the net well documented.

Austrian forward Sasa Kalajdzic proved Wolves match-winner with the 6ft7ins striker heading in Pedro Neto’s cross to secure a 1-0 victory.

Wolves were forced to do without Kalajdzic for nearly the duration of last season, having sustained an ACL injury shortly after joining from Stuttgart.

Kalajdzic and Wolves supporters will hope his goal is the first of many, with the forward hopefully picking up some of the goalscoring burden at the club.

‘He has worked very hard since I have been here,’ Wolves boss Gary O’Neil said post-match.

‘You couldn’t play him at the moment for 90 minutes but he has quality in the penalty area. I thought he could be the guy because we were getting into good areas.

‘He looked a big behind sharpness-wise when I came in 15 days ago and I don’t have a clear picture of what he is like when he is full throttle.

‘He understands he needs extra time on the grass. But he can impact matches.’

Sasa Kalajdzic his first goal for Wolves after nearly a year on the sidelines with an ACL injury

Sasa Kalajdzic his first goal for Wolves after nearly a year on the sidelines with an ACL injury

Everton desperately need attacking reinforcements this week

Kalajdzic’s late winner left Everton propping up the early season table, with the fans surely wishing their own target man Dominic Calvert-Lewin can overcome his injury problems.

The Toffees have fired 43 shots on goal in their opening three matches of the season without finding the back of the net. Sean Dyche will point to the number of chances Everton are creating as a positive, but without a regular goalscorer another season of struggle appears inevitable.

Everton failed in a frantic trolley dash in the January transfer window for a striker and their need seems just as great ahead of Friday’s deadline. 

Loanee Arnaut Danjuma and Lewis Dobbin started the defeat to Wolves, while new signing Youssef Chermiti came off the bench.

However, it would be a big ask for the 19-year-old to be asked to score the goals to keep Everton in the top flight.

Udinese striker Beto looks the likeliest addition this week up front and will need to hit the ground running should he arrive.

Everton boss Sean Dyche needs attacking reinforcements after three games without a goal

Everton boss Sean Dyche needs attacking reinforcements after three games without a goal

West Ham show there is life after Declan Rice

No Declan Rice, no problem for West Ham so far as David Moyes’ side have earned seven points from three matches. Six of those points have come against Chelsea and Brighton.

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The £105m sale of Rice to Arsenal and a lack of signings prior to the start of the season had raised concerns about the campaign ahead for West Ham. Particularly having battled against the drop for large spells of last season.

Spending the Rice money wisely was always going to be their biggest challenge, but the Hammers might have done so.

James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez have enjoyed impressive outings in a West Ham shirt following their respective moves from Southampton and Ajax.

Ward-Prowse has already provided two assists and a goal in his first couple of games for his new club.

The buoyant mood was only enhanced further on Sunday with confirmation that Mohammed Kudus has joined for £38m from Ajax.

West Ham will be hoping Kudus can add to their attack, with the Ghanaian having attracted the interest from Arsenal, Brighton and Chelsea this summer.  

James Ward-Prowse has hit the ground running as West Ham move on from Declan Rice

James Ward-Prowse has hit the ground running as West Ham move on from Declan Rice

Tottenham’s new look back line enjoys a quietly impressive start

Spurs impressive start to the season under Ange Postecoglu has seen their midfield trio of James Maddison, Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma earn the biggest plaudits.

Yet Tottenham’s new-look back line have quietly consecutive clean sheets against Manchester United and Bournemouth.

New signing Micky van de Ven has enjoyed a strong start alongside Cristian Romero in the heart of defence, with the Dutchman resolving Spurs problems at left sided centre back.

Doubts had been raised over whether Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro could be fielded together with both keen to attack, but the early signs have been promising.

Behind the back four, Guglielmo Vicario has had a couple of impressive displays to show why Spurs opted for the Italian to succeed Hugo Lloris.

Bumps are still expected given the style of play Postecoglu is seeking to instill, with Spurs likely to offer opportunities to opponents throughout the season. But for a new-look defence, two clean sheets in three games is not to be sniffed at.

Spurs shipped an astonishing 63 goals last season, with only five teams conceding more in the top flight. This includes relegated Leicester, Leeds and Southampton. 

If their new defence can keep the number down, it bodes well for a return to European football.

Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero have helped Tottenham keep consecutive clean sheets

Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero have helped Tottenham keep consecutive clean sheets

Manchester City’s penalty woes under Guardiola continue 

Maybe, just maybe, there is something that Manchester City struggle to do under Pep Guardiola.

Opta revealed that Man City have scored just 70 per cent of their penalties in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

City have scored 43 of their 61 penalties during the Spaniard’s time in charge of the Treble winners.

The percentage is the lowest of any time to have taken at least 30 penalties under a manager in the competition. 

Erling Haaland was the latest to miss a spot kick for Man City in the Premier League, with the Norwegian’s effort striking the Sheffield United post.

The miss was Haaland’s first in eight attempts from the spot for Man City, ending his run of 13 successful penalties.

Erling Haaland missed his first penalty for Manchester City in his eighth spot kick for the club

Erling Haaland missed his first penalty for Manchester City in his eighth spot kick for the club

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