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Friday 19 December 2014

Five things we learnt from the Premier League: Van Gaal is no miracle worker and Ramsey is becoming Arsenal's Frank Lampard

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal, Man Utd boss Louis Van Gaal and Eric Dier of Spurs
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal, Man Utd boss Louis Van Gaal and Eric Dier of Spurs

Five things we learnt from the Premier League this weekend.

1. Ramsey is becoming Arsenal's Lampard

The Welshman just cannot stop scoring goals from midfield. In addition to his 18 goals last season, he has now also netted in the Gunners' last four games, and his uncanny knack for getting into the scoring positions is resembling a certain Frank Lamaprd, the Premier League's most prolific midfielder with 171 goals. Just 153 goals to score in England's top-flight before Ramsey equals Lampard's record. On recent form it shouldn't take him too long...

2. Van Gaal is no miracle worker

Louis van Gaal started off his reign at Manchester United by becoming the first United manager to lose at home on the opening day of the season in 42 years. With over two weeks remaining in the transfer window, new additions are desperately needed. The current squad does not look like being transformed into title challenegers.

3. Back heels can be as cutting as any through ball

Two of the finest assists you'll ever be likely to see happened on Sunday, Edin Dzeko's deft back-heel to David Silva and Dusan Tadic's heel to Nathaniel Clyne. Link up play at its sublime best.

4. Dier goal shows Pochettino's attacking impetus

What was Eric Dier, a centre-back, doing so high up the field to score Tottenham's winner at West Ham? Newly appointed Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino didn't seem too suprised. "This is our philosophy. We have to believe for every minute and try and win every game," the manager said after the match. Could Spurs be the most entertaining team this season?

5. Champions will never lose their opening match

The statistics don't lie. In the Premier League era no defending champion has ever lost their opening match of the season, a run which continued with Manchester City's convincing display at St James' Park.

Source: Independent

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