Five things we learned from week three

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Arsene Wenger

The final Premier League action before the international break gave us plenty of talking points, some more familiar than others when analysing the Arsenal defence.

We have picked out the five main talking points from the weekend.

1) You know nothing, Arsene Wenger

Perhaps I am being harsh but the way Wenger set out his Arsenal team at Liverpool suggests he hadn’t bothered to take in to account how the Reds would play.
The Gunners were too open from the first whistle and it looked like men against boys at times as Jurgen Klopp’s side, time and time again, drew the visitors on to them before breaking quickly. Arsenal are 7/5 to finish in the top four this season after back-to-back defeats and at this point it appears the north London club should get used to Europa League football.

2) Bilic and De Boer neck-and-neck in the sack race

We might have only played three games but the pressure is already on Slaven Bilic and Frank de Boer, who don’t have a Premier League point between them.
Bilic was perhaps lucky to survive last season, the London Stadium taking the blame for the poor performances, but the loss to Newcastle has led to some West Ham fans calling for his head.
Palace fans might not be far behind after another clueless home display against Swansea. De Boer might be new to the job but he looks unlikely to get much time to improve the club’s fortunes. The Eagles are now 8/5 to be relegated, while West Ham are 4/1.

3) Wembley jitters still costing Spurs

Spurs will be hurrying the builders along at White Hart Lane after another stuttering display at Wembley. Trailing going into injury-time, Burnley struck late on to secure a point as Tottenham continue to struggle to adapt to life at the national stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino was heckled at full time by members of the home fans with a title challenge (Spurs 14/1 Premier League Outright) already looking unlikely. Pochettino needs to get them playing to the beat of the Wembley drum.

4) Mourinho has unearthed the United of old

The United of last season would not have won against Leicester on Saturday. The Foxes set up shop and looked good for a point as the Red Devils banged their head against a brick wall before finding a way through late on.
Too often last season teams took something from Old Trafford but this term looks like being a different story. Three wins out of three leaves Mourinho’s men top of the league and 9/4 on them being crowned champions is a tempting price.

5) Brighton are this season’s Middlesbrough

Remember how neat and tidy Boro looked last season until they got in to the final third where it all fell apart and they were eventually relegated due to a lack of goals? Well, Brighton fans are facing a similar campaign.
The game was there to be won against 10-man Watford on Saturday but they couldn’t get the job done. No goals from three matches spells trouble and they are now the 20/23 favourites for relegation.