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Best & worst combined XIs from Premier League Gameweek 3

By Harry Edwards

Published: 13:54, 26 August 2019 | Updated: 17:37, 29 September 2019

Three weeks have already passed since the start of the Premier League and some teams are already starting to give hints of how they will perform for the season.

The gameweek kicked off with Aston Villa’s 2-0 win over Everton on Friday evening, which gave Dean Smith’s side their first victory of the new campaign.

There was also a first win for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, with the Blues beating Norwich City 3-2 in a thrilling match.

Saturday’s other matches saw Liverpool continue their perfect start with a 3-1 win over Arsenal, Southampton beat Brighton 2-0, Crystal Palace shock Manchester United with a 2-1 win – their first Premier League victory over the Red Devils – West Ham beat Watford 3-1 and Leicester City’s 2-1 victory against Sheffield United.

The weekend ended with three Sunday games in which Manchester City jumped up to second with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, Wolves and Burnley played out a 1-1 draw, and Newcastle United grabbed their first points of the season beating Tottenham 1-0.

Over the 10 games, there were some standout performers but also equally low-grade displays. So, which players have made our Premier League best and worst XIs for gameweek three?

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Goalkeeper: Angus Gunn (Southampton)

Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn speaks to referee Kevin Friend

Southampton got their first in of the new season and first clean sheet, with Angus Gunn performing admirably in goal. The Englishman was one of just three goalkeepers to keep their respective sheets clean this weekend.

Key stat: Angus Gunn saved 100% of the shots on target he faced against Brighton.

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Liverpool terrorised Arsenal’s back line on Saturday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold key to the Reds’ attack. The full-back peppered in 13 crosses and corners, setting up Joel Matip’s header with one for the opening goal.

Key stat: Trent Alexander-Arnold (6) created more chances than any other Premier League defender at the weekend.

Centre-back: Paul Dummett (Newcastle United)

Newcastle United's Paul Dummett celebrates with Jamaal Lascelles after their win over Tottenham

Newcastle frustrated Tottenham in their 1-0 away win and a big part of their rearguard was Paul Dummett. The 27-year-old was a rock at the back, helping to keep Tottenham’s front line quiet, with two interceptions to add to a massive 12 clearances.

Key stat: Paul Dummett made more clearances (12) than any other defender in the Premier League this weekend.

Centre-back: Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)

Newcastle's Fabian Schar tackles Son Heung-min of Tottenham

Alongside Dummett at the back for Newcastle and our Best XI is Fabian Schar. The Swiss centre-back made three blocks, two interceptions and seven clearances while also winning three tackles to frustrate Harry Kane and co.

Key stat: Fabian Schar won 75% of his attempted tackles against Tottenham.

Left-back: Emerson (Chelsea)

Emerson’s improvement under Frank Lampard continued with the Italian putting in a solid performance to help Chelsea gain their first win of the season. The left-back was key in both defence and attack, creating four chances while also winning five tackles.

Key stat: Emerson (5) won more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this weekend.

Central midfielder: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)

Norwich City's Tom Trybull and Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic battle for the ball

Another Chelsea player to have improved under Lampard, Mateo Kovacic enjoyed possibly his best performance to date for the Blues. The Croatian was a big influence in the Chelsea midfield in moving the ball forward and set up Tammy Abraham’s winner with a delightful pass.

Key stat: Only Nicolas Pepe (7) completed more take-ons than Mateo Kovacic (6) in the Premier League this weekend.

Central midfielder: David Silva (Manchester City)

David Silva’s final season at Manchester City looks certain to be a good one, with the Spaniard on form against Bournemouth on Sunday. The 33-year-old set up two of City’s goals and completed 91.53% of his attempted passes.

Key stat: David Silva was the only Premier League player to record more than one assist this weekend.

Central midfielder: James Maddison (Leicester City)

James Maddison of Leicester City goes up against Sheffield United's John Lundstram

James Maddison followed his fine performance against Chelsea last weekend with another stellar showing as Leicester beat Sheffield United. The English midfielder created two chances, recorded one assist, and also completed five take-ons.

Key stat: James Maddison (5) completed more take-ons than any other Leicester player this weekend.

Attacking midfielder: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah was the bane of David Luiz at the weekend, causing the Brazilian constant problems. The Egyptian capped off a good performance with two goals to keep Liverpool’s perfect start up, showing the form which has made him so dangerous for the Reds.

Key stat: Mohamed Salah scored with both of his two shots on target against Arsenal.

Striker: Sebastien Haller (West Ham United)

West Ham United finally look to have a prolific striker, with Sebastien Haller getting off the mark against Watford. The Frenchman grabbed two goals at Vicarage Road and gave Watford’s defence a tough afternoon both on the floor and in the air.

Key stat: Sebastien Haller won seven aerial duels against Watford, more than any other player at Vicarage Road.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Sergio Aguero continued his good start to the season with another two goals to propel Man City up to second. Both came via instinctive finishes from close range, but Aguero also looked to set up team-mates, creating three chances.

Key stat: Sergio Aguero scored with both of his two shots on target against Bournemouth.


Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)

Sheffield United were handed their first defeat of the season by Leicester City and, looking back on his performance, Dean Henderson will surely wish he had been more influential. The Manchester United loanee failed to make a single save against Leicester, allowing Jamie Vardy to beat him at his near post.

Key stat: Dean Henderson failed to save a single shot against Leicester City, conceding from both efforts on target.

Right-back: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles had a tough task in trying to keep Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane quiet at Anfield and struggled largely. The utility man was also predominantly anonymous going forward, unable to help Arsenal’s cause.

Key stat: Ainsley Maitland-Niles failed to create a single chance against Liverpool on Saturday.

Centre-back: David Luiz (Arsenal)

After a strong performance last weekend, David Luiz showed Arsenal fans a glimpse of where he can be dangerous to his own team. The Brazilian was given the runaround by Salah and conceded a silly penalty on the Egyptian for a needless shirt pull.

Key stat: David Luiz failed to make a single tackle against Liverpool this weekend.

Centre-back: Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur)

Although Tottenham’s attack will take a lot of the blame for their defeat to Newcastle, the defence must also receive their share. Davinson Sanchez was arguably the weakest leak of Spurs’ back line, struggling to deal with Joelinton and co.

Key stat: Davinson Sanchez conceded three fouls against Newcastle on Sunday, more than any other Tottenham player.

Centre-back: Chris Basham (Sheffield United)

When going up against a team including Vardy, it is key for defenders to not be sloppy in their own half. But Chris Basham was lax at the back, losing the ball in the build up to Vardy’s opening goal, setting Sheffield United up for defeat.

Key stat: Chris Basham was the only player to make an error leading to a goal in the Premier League this weekend.

Left-back: Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

Although Luke Shaw did have to go off injured against Crystal Palace, the Manchester United left-back’s performance was poor. The Englishman struggled once again in both defence and attack and looks far from the promising player he once was.

Key stat: Luke Shaw failed to make a tackle, block, interception or clearance in his appearance against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Central midfielder: Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)

Like David Luiz, Dani Ceballos followed up a stellar performance with one to forget against Liverpool. The Spaniard was overrun at Anfield and showed some sloppiness on the ball, unable to work his magic.

Key stat: Dani Ceballos failed to create a chance for Arsenal against Liverpool.

Central midfielder: Andre Gomes (Everton)

When Andre Gomes’ permanent signing was announced in the summer, Everton fans were delighted. But the midfielder’s poor start to the new season continued with another underwhelming performance against Aston Villa, with Gomes struggling to get a grip on the game.

Key stat: Andre Gomes was dribbled past by opposition players five times against Aston Villa.

Central midfielder: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

Up against a stern Crystal Palace side, Manchester United needed a player capable of unlocking the defence, but Jesse Lingard was not that man. The 26-year-old had a forgettable game and was dealt with expertly by the Palace defence.

Key stat: Jesse Lingard created just one chance against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Striker: Florin Andone (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Some players make our worst XI for all-round poor performances, but Florin Andone lasted just 30 minutes against Southampton before getting sent off. The striker was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Yan Valery which gave his side an even bigger task.

Key stat: Florin Andone received the first straight red card of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Harry Kane was expected to get amongst the goals against Newcastle at the weekend, but the Englishman was largely anonymous. He managed just one shot on goal, which he missed, and had 24 touches.

Key stat: Harry Kane had just one shot in his 90+ minutes against Newcastle United.