Rooney and Pep hugging, a missing tooth and all the other important Premier League stuff


The Premier League had goalkeeping howlers, touchline hugs and some brilliant football from a player who looked to be on his way out this summer.

Here are some of the most important highlights of the day's action.


Man Utd 1-2 Man City
Arsenal 2-1 Southampton
Bournemouth 1-0 West Brom
Burnley 1-1 Hull
Middlesbrough 1-2 Crystal Palace
Stoke 0-4 Tottenham
West Ham 2-4 Watford

Capitulation of the day

Antonio is mobbed by team-mates

West Ham looked like cruising to victory against Watford at their new stadium, going 2-0 up by the 33rd minute. Pretty soon though things started to go downhill. By the 63rd minute Watford had scored four goals and the game ended as a 4-2 hammering against the home side.

Empty seats in the London Stadium


Controversy of the day

Laurent Koscielny celebrates

Arsenal looked set to be heading for a draw at home to a brilliantly organised Southampton. Laurent Koscielny celebrated his 31st birthday with a goal to make it 1-1 at half-time, cancelling out a Petr Cech own goal which had given the Saints the lead.

Unfortunately for Southampton's manager Claude Puel, controversy would keep him from earning his first win with his new team. Referee Robert Madley judged Jose Fonte to have fouled Gunners striker Olivier Giroud in the box and Santi Cazorla slotted in the ensuing penalty in the 94th minute.

Santi Cazorla scores penalty

Hug of the day

Wayne Rooney tries to get the ball from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

The Manchester derby didn't disappoint. It had controversy, a shocker of a debut (which you will hear more about all too soon) and even what looked like a hug between Wayne Rooney and Pep Guardiola. Or maybe it was a dance?

Wayne Rooney (left) tries to get the ball from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

In fairness, he was trying to get the ball for a throw-in, but some had other ideas of what was going on...

Shocker of the day

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo fumbles a save

Talking of the Manchester derby, perhaps the player who attracted the most Twitter attention was City's new keeper Claudio Bravo.

Sadly it is not for reasons he will have hoped though, as poor keeping led to a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he could have conceded a penalty after he appeared to foul Rooney.

Dental mishap of the day

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates after the final whistle

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Another story about the derby here, as City's Aleksander Kolarov really put his body on the line for his team - he lost a tooth after a challenge with United's Marouane Fellaini.

He looks pretty happy about the whole thing and he should, given the performance of his team. A dentist will surely fix up his gappy-gob in no time anyway and in the meantime he could be running into some money...

Team of the day

Tottenham really turned up, dominating Stoke away from home. Even Harry Kane scored, his first of the season after a summer he would rather forget.

Harry Kane scores his side's fourth goal

Mark Hughes' Stoke had a torrid time at the back and need a lift to kick-start their season. However, four goals and a clean sheet at a ground famously difficult to visit is hard to argue with, so Spurs are team of the day.

Player of the day

Son celebrates his second goal

In their four-nil demolition job, Spurs swept aside their opponents Stoke, and Son Heung-min was their star.

There was talk of Son leaving in the summer, but manager Mauricio Pochettino will be happy the South Korean stayed. Although Stoke are clearly having troubles at the back, sitting bottom of the Premier League with one point, Son was outstanding, scoring two goals, the second of which was a spectacular curling effort.

In fairness, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was brilliant, scoring a goal and hitting the post twice in the win away to his former manager Jose Mourinho's team. However, we think you've heard quite enough about the Manchester derby.

Jose Mourinho arms raised in desperation