Five Things we Learnt From Week One of the Premier League

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: The Arsenal team stand together in support of those who lost their lives in the Manchester Terror attack prior to the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

​Week one of the Premier League is over, and it had everything that every fan could have hoped for. Be it the closest possible matches, underdog stories, a homecoming of former stars, or domination by rival Cities, there was nothing that week 1 did not provide.


This weekend was filled with drama, and here are five things we observed.

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5. Destructive Shelvey

Jonjo ​Shelvey found himself in the middle of controversy way too soon, as he was sent off with a red card, leaving Newcastle United a man down in their first match back in the Premier League. Spurs found it easy to push them off and won the match, and Newcastle fans won’t be happy with their new captain for getting into a situation that could have been easily avoided. 


The Englishman was sent off for a stamp on Dele Alli, and he has since revealed that he is working with a psychologist to work on his ‘anger issues’. He would do well to keep an eye on that as Newcastle cannot afford to lose their captain too often after being newly promoted to the Premier League.

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4. Chelsea sees Red

Week one certainly saw a lot of disciplinary problems, but no match was as controversial as Chelsea against Burnley, with two players from Chelsea being sent off. That made it four Chelsea players sent off in three consecutive competitive and this is an issue that manager Antonio Conte must look to work on. 


Be it ‘anger issues’ or just plain rash tackles, the Blues need to iron out their kinks if they are to have any hopes of retaining their place as the Premier League Title holders.

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3. Leicester Still a Threat

​Leicester City are still very much a threat, and they were out to prove that in their first match back. They may no longer be the defending champions, but they are a team who have not lost their bite, as they showed in their match against Arsenal. They may have lost the match, but it was a close run thing with them losing only by one goal after scoring three themselves.


Jamie Vardy looked in spectacular form, and given a good run they may even threaten the top teams this season.

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2. Lukaku - The Lightning Arrival

​When Romelu Lukaku arrived at Manchester United, it was a huge shock, as it had seemed like the Red Devils were more keen on getting Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge. After a fairly optimistic preseason, it was up to the former Evertonian striker to prove that he could perform for a top team and he did it in style.


The Belgian scored two goals against West Ham United on debut, with his presence adding a menace not seen in the recent past at Old Trafford.

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1. Rooney - Homecoming Hero

​Wayne Rooney has now lost the speed and stamina that he was once famous for, but he most definitely has not lost his innate ability to put the ball into the back of the net. The homecoming striker, who had left Everton as a boy, returned in glorious fashion to score the winner for his boyhood club.


While he still has his critics, there is no doubting the fact that Everton will benefit from his presence and experience this campaign.

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