A Manchester United record, a questionable banner and everything else from the Premier League
Another round of Premier League action saw Arsenal back to winning ways despite Hull’s best efforts, Big Sam with a huge job on his hands at Crystal Palace, and the magician Joe Allen back in goalscoring form.
Here’s what you missed.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Hull City
Man United 2 – 0 Watford
West Ham 2 – 2 West Brom
Stoke City 1 – 0 Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough 0 – 0 Everton
Sunderland 0 – 4 Southampton
It was a tale of two handballs at Arsenal
Arsenal needed some luck and they definitely got it when referee Mark Clattenburg missed Alexis Sanchez’s blatant handball for the Gunners’ opener against Hull.
The ref reportedly apologised at half-time after reviewing the footage, but was back in the spotlight as the game drew to a close and Sam Clucas cleared a Lucas Perez header off the line using his arm.
It appeared to be one Clattenburg got right though, and Sanchez stepped up to bag the penalty and become the league’s highest goalscorer.
Nacer Chadli loves playing against West Ham
West Brom have scored six goals against West Ham this season in three games. Chadli’s bagged three of them, and assisted a further two. He’s definitely still a Spurs man at heart…
Worst banner of the day
Poor Steven Gerrard – the former Liverpool captain has a cabinet full of trophies, but all some people remember is one unfortunate slip against Chelsea.
You can’t blame Man United fans for taking advantage of the situation, although the decision to bring out this banner in a home game against Watford almost a full three years after it took place is a bizarre one.
Also, comic sans? Come on guys, you’re better than that.
Even some United fans weren’t impressed.
Record of the day
Manchester United became the first team to reach 2,000 points in the Premier League, with 599 wins from their 949 games since 1992.
Strangest statistic of the day
We’re not sure what it is about the sixth minute that the Baggies are so fond of, but fair play to them, this is a strangely cool stat to hold.
Mismatched contest of the day
The season started off so brightly for Theo Walcott but much like Arsenal’s it has trailed off.
The winger’s greatest contribution against Hull, other than a couple of early take-ons, was a momentary spat with defender Harry Maguire.
It definitely provided some entertainment.