Thanks to the World Cup, it feels like the football hasn’t really been away this summer, but here at Kitlocker towers we were as excited as ever to welcome back the Premier League.

It all kicked off on Friday night with Man Utd edging past Leicester City at Old Trafford. Captain Pogba opened the scoring from the spot before Luke Shaw’s first ever goal as a professional footballer put them two up. A slightly bizarre late goal from Jamie Vardy set up a tense finish but proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

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On Saturday, Spurs kicked off with a less than convincing 2-1 win over Newcastle, Dele Alli heading home the winner from a superb Serge Aurier cross. Wolves were the only one of the promoted teams to get on the board with a 2-2 draw at home to 10-man Everton. Fellow new boys Fulham and Cardiff both suffered 2-0 defeats to Palace and Bournemouth respectively. Maurizio Sarri won his first game as Chelsea manager as Jorginho also netted his first goal in a 3-0 win at Huddersfield. Watford ran out very comfortable 2-0 winners at home to Brighton thanks to a brace from Roberto Pereyra.

On Sunday, Liverpool romped to a 4-0 win over a new look West Ham side. Sadio Mane netted a brace, Mo Salah picked up from where he left off last season and Daniel Sturridge made a scoring return to Anfield. Meanwhile, Southampton and Burnley played out the most forgettable game of the opening weekend, drawing 0-0. The final game of the weekend saw Man City ruin the start of the new era at The Emirates. A pair of superbly taken goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were enough to put away a lacklustre Arsenal side.

Premier League Player of the Week- Richarlison, Everton

There has been a lot of talk about the Brazilian this summer, mainly about his transfer fee. He took the Premier League by storm at the start of the 2017/18 season, scoring 5 in his first 12 games for Watford. The problem was, he didn’t score again all season and didn’t particularly look like scoring either. So it seemed one hell of a risk for Everton to then part with a club record £50m for Richarlison. Definitely a lot of pressure for a 21 year old to handle but it didn’t show on his debut against Wolves.

Richarlison’s opening goal was a result of a small amount of fortune but he showed his poacher’s instincts as a cross from deep on the left ricocheted and dropped perfectly on to his right foot at close range. Phil Jagielka was then sent off shortly before half time leaving the toffees a man down for the majority of the game. To add insult to injury Wolves’ talisman Ruben Neves bent in the resulting free-kick to equalise. If Richarlison’s first goal was somewhat fortunate, his second was sheer class. With a finish that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a Thierry Henry showreel, he cut into the box from the left before nonchalantly guiding a low shot around both an onrushing defender and Rui Patricio into the far bottom corner. Jimenez then, on debut, rescued a point for the Premier League new boys late on. It wasn’t just Richarlison’s exploits in front of goal which impressed Everton fans. Being a man down for most of the match, Richarlison stepped up to the plate defensively, regularly tracking back, making tackles and blocking shots for his team. However it is only one game in a long season, so it will be interesting to see if Richarlison can maintain this type of performance for a full campaign this time around.

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Premier League Goal of the Week – Roberto Pereyra, Watford

The Argentine midfielder scored twice as Watford got their season off to the perfect start with a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton. Both were very impressive finishes but it is his thumping volley which wins our goal of the week. On 35 minutes, following a short corner, Jose Holebas looped a cross over the crowded penalty area to Pereyra who was waiting unmarked just inside the box. Pereyra then unleashed a spectacular first time volley which was too powerful for Mat Ryan, who could only help it on its way into the back of the net. He then doubled his tally later in the game with a deft finish from close range after being given far too much time and space. In truth, Pereyra was probably unlucky to miss out on our player of the week prize but Richarlison just shaded it. An honourable mention in this category also has to go to Ruben Neves who scored a delightful free-kick past a helpless Jordan Pickford as Wolves earned their first point back in the Premier League.

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We now look forward to next weekend which promises to be another great few days of Premier League football. Arsenal will be looking to get some points on the board but face another tough game, away to Chelsea. On Monday night, Liverpool travel to bogie team Crystal Palace, who come off the back of an impressive opening day result. Could there be an upset on the cards?

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