There was talk of a shift in the balance of power in North London when Arsenal and Tottenham met in the derby; Spurs were being looked at as the side a cut above the Gunners, who were deemed ‘gutless’ and ‘timid’. Well if Spurs were a cut above, they didn’t show it at the Emirates, as Arsenal produced a performance that was antithesis of ‘gutless’ and ‘timid’, as goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez sealed a deserved 2-0 win, which should have been added to, but for Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris.
One team that looks quite a cut above the rest in the Premier League are Manchester City, and they made light work of a trip to Leicester, a 2-0 win, their 10th in a row in the league, keeps them eight points clear at the top.
In the Bundesliga, one side that’d been top for a while have dropped alarmingly, as Borussia Dortmund have moved from first to fifth in five weeks, and their woes were compounded on Friday with a loss at Stuttgart.
Elsewhere, there was a shock at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, as Sampdoria recorded a 3-2 win over Serie A champions Juventus, Atletico and Real Madrid played out a goalless draw in the Spanish capital derby, Mohammed Salah continued his scoring spree as Liverpool hit three past Southampton, while Paris Saint-Germain fired four past Nantes in France and Roma triumphed in the Derby Della Capitale.
Paul Pogba marked his return from injury with a goal and an assist as Manchester United thrashed Newcastle, Bayern dispatched Augsburg with little trouble, West Ham began their David Moyes era with a loss to Watford, Werder Bremen grabbed their first Bundesliga win of the season thanks to a Max Kruse hatrick, while Barcelona had no difficulty in seeing off Leganes, and Napoli piled the pressure on Milan manager Vincenzo Montella with a 2-1 win over the Rossoneri.
Premier League: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham; Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle; West Brom 0-4 Chelsea; Bournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield; Liverpool 3-0 Southampton; Watford 2-0 West Ham; Leicester 0-2 Manchester City; Burnley 2-0 Swansea; Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
Serie A: Sampdoria 3-2 Juventus; Crotone 0-1 Genoa; Roma 2-1 Lazio; Benevento 1-2 Sassuolo; Udinese 0-1 Cagliari; SPAL 1-1 Fiorentina; Torino 1-1 Chievo; Inter 2–0 Atalanta; Napoli 2-1 Milan
Bundesliga: Stuttgart 2-1 Dortmund; Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg; Schalke 2-0 Hamburg; Mainz 1-0 Koln; Leverkusen 2-2 RB Leipzig; Hertha BSC 2-4 Borussia Monchengladbach; Wolfsburg 3-1 Freiburg; Hoffenheim 1-1 Frankfurt
Ligue 1: Amiens 1-1 Monaco; PSG 4-1 Nantes; Lille 3-1 St. Etienne; Dijon 3-1 Troyes; Guingamp 1-1 Angers; Strasbourg 2-1 Rennes; Toulouse 0-0 Metz; Lyon 0-0 Montpellier; Caen 1-1 Nice; Bordeaux 1-1 Marseille
La Liga: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid; Leganes 0-3 Barcelona; Girona 2-2 Real Sociedad; Malaga 3-2 Deportivo; Getafe 4-1 Alaves; Las Palmas 0-2 Levante; Sevilla 2-1 Celta Vigo; Espanyol 0-2 Valencia; Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Villarreal