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The top Premier League moments of the month - February 2022

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Ukrainians Zinchenko and Mykolenko embrace before the clash between Everton and Man City.
Ukrainians Zinchenko and Mykolenko embrace before the clash between Everton and Man City. / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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The Premier League returned with a bang in February following the winter break, with no shortage of drama.

New signings have bedded in, fortunes have been turned around and a certain legendary manager has lost his job, while the outbreak of war in Ukraine overshadows it all.

There have been moments to make you laugh, literally cry and things we have never seen before in England's top flight - here are the ten best Premier League moments from February, ranked.


10. Tottenham lose 5-goal thriller to Saints

Che Adams
Che Adams put Tottenham to the sword / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

As you'll see later in this list, Tottenham's form has been unpredictable at best throughout February.

Spurs started in the worst possible manner, twice surrendering a lead and eventually losing 3-2 at home to a resurgent Southampton.

The lesser-seen Mohamed Elyounoussi equalised for Saints with ten minutes to go, before Che Adams snatched the win two minutes later with an expertly-taken header.


9. Trippier's wonderful whip against Everton

Kieran Trippier
Spot the ball... / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Before he broke a bone in his foot, Kieran Trippier was proving to be an excellent January signing for Newcastle.

The England international scored free kicks in back-to-back victories over Everton and Aston Villa as the Magpies moved clear of the relegation zone - but it was the first that was the standout.

Taking aim from 25 yards out, the set-piece specialist whipped the ball expertly around the Toffees' wall and sent it satisfyingly crashing into the net to lift the roof off St. James' Park.


8. Rivalries resumed in Elland Road thriller

Jesse Lingard, Junior Firpo
It was wet and wild at Elland Road / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

The Premier League had sorely missed Leeds' rivalry with Man Utd during the former's years in the Championship, so a first meeting at Elland Road with fans since the Whites' return to the top flight was hotly anticipated.

The match didn't disappoint, with the wind and rain of Storm Eunice contributing to some flying tackles and a raucous atmosphere.

Having let their two-goal lead slip, the Red Devils eventually pulled clear to win 4-2 courtesy of Fred and Anthony Elanga.


7. Arsenal leave it late against Wolves

Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette releases some emotion / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

We all love a late goal, and the 95th minute is just about as late as it gets.

Arsenal had trailed Wolves at the Emirates after a mistake by Gabriel Magalhaes, but Nicolas Pepe nabbed a well-taken equaliser with just eight minutes left.

Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Alexandre Lacazette popped up at the end of a neat interchange and his blasted shot forced an own goal from Wolves keeper Jose Sa. Scenes.


6. Bonkers 3-3 draw between Aston Villa & Leeds

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Llorente bagged a dramatic leveller / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

A match under the Villa Park lights that had pretty much everything.

Goal-shy Dan James netted a brace for Leeds, while Philippe Coutinho produced a pinpoint finish and ran the show for Villa with two assists, with young Jacob Ramsey benefitting both times.

It was an impressive recovery from the Whites, who came from 3-1 down to level when there was still half an hour to play. To add to the drama, Ezri Konsa was dismissed for the hosts for a second bookable offence.


5. Gabriel Martinelli's double yellow card vs Wolves

Gabriel Martinelli, Michael Oliver
Martinelli couldn't believe it / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

One of those incidents that are just so rare in football that it is mind-blowing when it does happen.

With Arsenal holding a slender lead over Wolves at Molineux with a little over 20 minutes to play, the Gunners had Gabriel Martinelli sent off for two bookable offences in the same phase of play.

First, the Brazilian shoved Daniel Podence as he took a throw-in, before chasing back and barging over Chiquinho as he carried the ball forward. Michael Oliver showed him two yellows without putting the card away, followed by the red.


4. Harry Kane runs the show at Man City

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Kane ran the show / Stu Forster/GettyImages

This was a match and individual performance that spooned up dollops of sweet, sweet narrative.

On his first visit to the Etihad Stadium since failing to force a move to Man City in the summer, Tottenham talisman Harry Kane produced an all-time performance to put the league leaders to the sword.

The England captain nodded in his own 95th-minute winner in a dramatic 3-2 victory, having already scored once and played a sublime pass in the build-up to Spurs' opener.


3. Son & Kane set Premier League record

Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane
Kane and Son are out in front / Chris Brunskill/GettyImages

After his exploits at the Etihad, Kane finished the month by becoming one half of the most productive partnership in Premier League history.

Kane and Son Heung-min surpassed Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard's record for combined goals and assists for each other courtesy of the England captain's inch-perfect ball over the top, which Son controlled and finished with aplomb.

The 4-0 thrashing proved to be the final nail in the coffin for revered Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, who has since left the club.


2. Poignant embrace at Goodison Park

Oleksandr Zinchenko, Vitaliy Mykolenko
Zinchenko and Mykolenko comfort each other / Michael Regan/GettyImages

There was a very poignant moment before kick-off in Everton's match with Man City at Goodison Park.

Ukraine internationals Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko shared an embrace on the pitch following the outbreak of war in their home countries, with the whole stadium rising in applause.

The emotion was evident on both of their faces following Russia's invasion of their home country.


1. Christian Eriksen returns

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen is back / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Incredibly, Christian Eriksen is back.

Eight months after he collapsed from a cardiac arrest during Denmark's opening match of Euro 2020, the midfielder returned to action for new club Brentford in their final match of February.

While the Bees may have lost the game to Newcastle, Eriksen's class was there for all to see as he made his long-awaited and emotional comeback.


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