İlkay Gündoğan celebrates his opening goal against AFC Bournemouth
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The second day of the season in the Premier League is not quite over yet - and the table is framed by the clubs from Manchester: Champions Manchester City are enthroned at the top of the table after a 4-0 (3-0) win over newly promoted AFC Bournemouth.
City rivals Manchester United conceded the next defeat at 0: 4 in Brentford after slipping against Brighton in the previous week (1: 2) and embarrassed themselves with several individual mistakes.
The mood at Arsenal FC is far better: The club from North London is the first pursuer of the Sky Blues after a 4-2 (2-0) win over Leicester City.
Star striker Erling Haaland played just two passes in 73 minutes against outsiders Bournemouth.
One of them prepared the lead: İlkay Gündoğan combined with Haaland's help through Bournemouth's defense with a one-two and scored 1-0 against the overwhelmed guests.
The game was over before the break: Kevin De Bruyne was not attacked while dribbling and increased with the outside of his foot (31'), the Belgian prepared Phil Foden's goal with a pass (37').
An own goal by Jefferson Lerma marked the end of a one-sided game (79').
The second club from Manchester experienced the same thing, albeit in the opposite direction: Everything went wrong for United during the guest appearance in Brentford.
Goalkeeper David de Gea made the first mistake, letting a long-range shot from Josh Dasilva slip through his hands into the goal (13').
The second mistake came from Christian Eriksen, who switched from Brentford to the team of new United coach Erik ten Hag on a free transfer in the summer: The Dane was put under pressure in his own penalty area, Matthias Jensen grabbed the ball and scored from close range (18th).
It didn't get any better for the Red Devils, where Cristiano Ronaldo was in the starting XI for the first time this season.
Ben Mee headed in after a corner to make it 3-0, and Bryan Mbeumo countered to make it half-time and full-time (35').
Arsenal FC remain on their way back to the ranks of the Premier League's top teams.
Against Leicester City, Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus in particular showed that he can be the attacker who could shoot Arsenal back into the Champions League: the new signing from Man City gave the lead with a flick (23') and scored with a header from a corner Jesus also scored the Gunners' second goal (35').
After a misunderstanding with keeper Aaron Ramsdale, William Saliba brought Leicteser back into play with an own goal (53').
Just two minutes later, however, Jesus pointed a ball dropped by Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward to Granit Xhaka, who restored the old distance (55').
James Maddison managed to catch up again with a low shot (74'), but Arsenal again managed to respond quickly after Jesus assisted: Gabriel Martinelli scored the final score from 20 meters (75').