Biggest winners and losers from Premier League gameweek three

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Flying winger Lucas Moura was on the scoresheet during Spurs' win at Old Trafford.

Time is flying. The third round of Premier League fixtures have already flashed before our eyes but as usual, it was a frantic, action-packed and wild three days.

Liverpool, Watford, Chelsea and Tottenham are the only teams to continue their 100 per cent win record as Bournemouth and Manchester City were held to draws by Everton and Wolves respectively.

Leicester picked up their second win in a row whist London clubs Arsenal and Fulham secured their first three points of the campaign, with Huddersfield also getting off the mark with a draw.

However, there is concern growing at the London Stadium as Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham remain rock bottom with zero points after losing their third successive match.

So, who stood out from the rest and who had a weekend to forget? Here’s our picks.

WINNERS

1) Lucas Moura – Tottenham

Spurs produced a phenomenal performance to beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, with Lucas Moura’s brace the highlight of the match.

The diminutive forward was a constant threat and he found the back of the net with his only two efforts on target.

Moura started life with the north London club slowly last season, but he has now scored three in the opening three fixtures of the league season. Definitely a day to cherish for the former Paris Saint-Germain man.

2) Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham

Mitrovic made his big-money move from Newcastle to Fulham for afternoons just like these. The forward was given immaculate service by his team-mates, allowing him to power home two goals to earn Fulham their first win since returning to the top-flight.

The Serb has been in irresistible form ever since he joined the London club, with only Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah matching his league goals tally of 15 since February.

He seems to be thriving under the spotlight at Craven Cottage and he’ll be hoping to be the one to fire the Cottagers to survival this season.

3) Eden Hazard – Chelsea

After much speculation regarding his future at the club, Hazard produced a dazzling display at St James’ Park to prove his worth to the Blues.

Hazard was almost unplayable, and he was at his sparkling best to help Chelsea to a crucial 2-1 win to maintain their winning streak under Maurizio Sarri.

This was the Belgian’s first start of the season and he showed why he is one of the best players in the league by nonchalantly slotting in a penalty to give the Blues the lead. If he continues this level of performance, then good luck to all the defences who will try to stop him!

LOSERS

1) Richarlison – Everton

The Everton man quickly went from hero to zero after he received a red card against Bournemouth for a headbutt.

The Brazilian has been in fine form, scoring three times in the opening two matches but he’ll want to forget this match against the Cherries in a hurry.

To add to his misery, the winger will miss the next three matches for the Toffees, which could see him lose his early season momentum, and fantasy football picks!

2) Manchester United

The Red Devils were swept aside by Spurs on Monday night and manager Jose Mourinho is suddenly under immense pressure to produce results.

United have lost two of their opening three matches and need to bounce back from the disappointment immediately.

Things just didn’t seem to go their way, with Romelu Lukaku missing a glorious chance to give them the lead with the score still 0-0.

This was the second successive match that Mourinho’s men conceded three in a match, which has alarm bells ringing throughout the club.

Doom and gloom: Jose Mourinho.

3) Issa Diop – West Ham United

The last thing that you want to happen on your debut for a new club is to score an own goal, but that was the fate suffered by Diop as the Hammers fell to a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal.

The defender sliced a clearance and then diverted Alexandre Lacazette’s cross into his own net to give the Gunners the lead with only 20 minutes to play.

This isn’t a match he’ll want to tell his grandchildren about in the future as the Hammers still search for their first point of the season.

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Issa Diop of West Ham United the Carabao Cup Second Round match between AFC Wimbledon and West Ham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Disappointing outing: Issa Diop.

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Mesut Ozil needs to get with the programme or his Arsenal career is over

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Mesut Ozil's time at Arsenal may be up.

Mesut Ozil ruffled feathers this summer after hitting back at criticism of his performance for Germany at the World Cup in Russia that took on racist undertones, but now that he’s back at Arsenal, he’s embroiled in a far more familiar controversy.

Since he joined the Gunners in 2013, he’s been one of the most polarising figures at the club, oscillating from being the embodiment of what the Gunners can be at their best to being emblematic of everything wrong with the team at their worst. And though one of the other main figures in that controversy, Arsene Wenger – whose faith in Ozil could infuriate fans and pundits alike – has left the club, there’s no sense that the debate surrounding his role in the side has changed.

The latest flare-up came after Ozil delivered two lacklustre performances in new manager Unai Emery’s first two games in charge, losses against Manchester City and Chelsea – bringing back the familiar refrain that the German does not perform against top opposition.

After being withdrawn while Arsenal were chasing a winner against Chelsea, he was left out of the squad for the most recent fixture against West Ham – either after a disagreement with Emery, according to reports, or due to illness, the official story from the manager.

But it’s difficult to believe the official story when Ozil and Emery are such an obvious clash. The Spaniard’s playing style involves high-intensity, high-energy pressing and movement, an anathema to his playmaker’s more casual, languid manner. Though Ozil has often, to the surprise of many, topped the distance covered charts among Arsenal attackers, or at least outdone players expected to be above him, that level of laser-focused commitment is usually beyond him.

During the summer, there were reports that Ozil was impressed by what he heard from his team-mates about Emery’s training methods, enough to come back a little earlier from a holiday in order to link up with the squad. But two weeks in, it seems clear that feeling has faded.

Which begs the question if there’s any place at all for Ozil in his new manager’s side, or if he’s an indulgence Emery cannot afford.

At his best, Ozil is one of the best in the world at what he does. Since he arrived in England, he’s had the most assists, 50, and most chances created – a whopping 525 – in the Premier League. His vision and passing ability mark him out as one of the premier playmakers in Europe. Any manager would love to be able to get the best out of such a player, because he’s guaranteed to make everyone around him better.

But his lack of defensive work-rate has been a recurring issue. It was a hindrance under Wenger, who largely chose to ignore it because of what the 29-year-old brings at the other end, but Jose Mourinho wouldn’t tolerate it at Real Madrid, and indeed got Ozil to buy into his system during their three years together, with plenty of growing pains. There’s an argument to be made that no manager has gotten more out of the German than Mourinho in those years.

Emery, whose philosophy is similar to Mourinho’s in terms of defensive effort, is having no such joy so far. In theory it should be too early to make a call, but if the rumours regarding a disagreement between player and manager are true, then Ozil could be in his last days as an Arsenal player. A new manager needs to stamp his authority on a team as quickly as possible, and any dust-up with Ozil will prevent Emery from doing that.

While the bumper new contract Arsenal offered their star playmaker in January complicates matters, ultimately, it’s still more likely that the club will back Emery if push comes to shove. And Emery is not going to pamper Ozil the way Wenger was accused of doing, and the way he himself was forced to do at PSG with Neymar.

Which means, bluntly put, that the German needs to get with the programme. If he can’t adapt to fit his new manager’s style, he’s going to be the one to suffer, and likely, he’ll be the one to leave.

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Watch: Mauricio Pochettino says Hugo Lloris' drink driving was 'out of character'

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino supported goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after he was charged with drink-driving, but also said he must take responsibility for his actions.

The Spurs captain was stopped by police in west London on Friday morning and spent hours in a jail cell.

“I think he’s a man out of character,” Pochettino said. “We are going to, of course, support him, but knowing that we cannot justify, of course.”

See Pochettino’s full comments on Lloris in the video below.

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