The Premier League 2017-18 turned 24 weeks old this weekend. The game week saw league leaders City return to winning ways after their loss at Liverpool last week, while Liverpool slumped to their first defeat after a continued winning streak, to lowly Swansea City. The week produced some great goals as usual. Here are our top picks for the game week:
3.) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City FC) vs Watford FC:
The 2015-16 Premier League Player of the Year returned to scoring ways with another spectacular strike against Watford FC. With The Foxes leading 1-0 into the stoppage time, the Algerian started running from the left with Adrien Silva’s ball. He dribbled his way into the box past Christian Kabasele first, and then Andre Carrillo before neatly slotting the ball home past an onrushing Orestis Karnezis.
2.) Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) vs Crystal Palace:
Arsenal are at their very best when they start playing one-touch football (remember the wonder goal against Norwich in 2013-14?). Well even if it was not of that level, they created another brilliant team goal of theirs. Mesut Özil played a huge part in the build-up to the goal after it all started with him getting the return pass from Alex Iwobi and passing onto England international Jack Wilshere. Holding onto Wilshere’s pass, the German superstar ran away from goal just enough to take the defenders away creating a whole lot space for Lacazette. He then passed the ball back to the Frenchman with a back-heel assist that only Özil can do, and the new Arsenal number 9 obliged by slotting home the ball beyond a diving Wayne Hennessey.
1.) Willian (Chelsea FC) vs Brighton and Hove Albion:
Our goal of the week comes from another of the long list of Brazilians who weave magic with their feet – Willian. Chelsea returned to winning ways with a thumping 4-0 victory away at Brighton. Their second, scored by the former Shakhtar man, was the pick of the lot. Willian’s forward ball was not properly controlled by Hazard, but it fell kindly to his fellow countryman Michy Batshuayi starting a series of short passes. Batshuayi passed back to Willian, who again forwarded to Hazard. The Chelsea number 10 found Batshuayi with a cheeky side heel pass, who in turn set up a sprinting Willian in open space with a delightful back-heel pass. The 29-year old’s thunderous right footer crashed into the Brighton net beyond the reach of Matt Ryan.