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5 things we learned from the weekend’s Premier League action

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored Arsenal's equaliser against Spurs, is one of the Gunners' bright English talents

By Scott Saunders

Saturday’s Premier League action provided us with a host of stunning goals, dramatic incident and local derby rivalries, with all of England’s biggest clubs in action on the same day for one very rare occasion.
Here are five things we can take from Saturday’s action:

5. Two new strikers are proving themselves
Two goals of the very highest order came within a couple of minutes of each other at St. Mary’s, where Southampton and QPR clashed.
With the Saints ahead, Charlie Austin showed us he can do the business in the Premier League after an unbelievable turn and volley to level the match.
But Graziano Pelle’s incredible overhead kick won the match for the home side. He’s got four league goals already, and he looks an inspired purchase from Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.

4. Eliaquim Mangala not as solid as we thought?
He looked like the man to partner Vincent Kompany for years to come as he had a storming debut against Chelsea last week, but Eliaquim Mangala didn’t have the best of days at Hull on Saturday.
The Frenchman’s positioning was off for the header he fired into his own goal for 2-1, while he was also penalised for a wild high boot in the box to allow Hull to level the match up.
Mangala looked okay apart from those incidents, but they could have been pivotal. There’s mistakes in him.

3. Leicester’s attack humbled
It’s a big old difference to last weekend for Leicester, who drew a blank against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. They fell to two goals in four minutes from Fraizer Campbell and Mile Jedinak.
There was to be no comeback for the ages from two down as they did to Manchester United, but that’s the magic of the Premier League. It is so unpredictable.

2. Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t shy away from ballsy decisions
He had other options, but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino took a gamble on young Ryan Mason in midfield on Saturday – giving him his full league debut in a North London derby.
Mason did very well too, and didn’t look out of place. He did well enough to justify his selection by the Argentinian coach ahead of the benched Nabil Bentaleb. He helped Spurs to a 1-1 draw.

1. Arsenal an exciting english core, and a strong bench
Arsene Wenger’s latest Arsenal team is growing and maturing, but it’s refreshing to see that this team built for the future is made up of English (and Welsh if you count Aaron Ramsey) talent.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Arsenal’s equaliser on the day against Spurs, and teamed up well with fellow young gun Calum Chambers down the right flank. Jack Wilshere has been doing well, and Danny Welbeck is leading the line.
And when you can bring Alexis Sanchez off the bench, it sure does help.

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