Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Unai Emery gets better of Maurizio Sarri, Mohamed Salah takes shine off his milestone and Riyad Mahrez victim of City’s power

1) Emery’s tactical flexibility aids diamond display

While these have been a troubled few weeks for Arsenal, with Sven Mislintat’s impending exit set to leave a big hole in their recruitment department, their victory over Chelsea was a reminder there have been plenty of positives during Unai Emery’s first season. The Spaniard has had to muddle along with an imbalanced squad but has shown he can make important tactical interventions on several occasions. He certainly got the better of Maurizio Sarri, disrupting the Chelsea manager’s attempts to build from the back by using an energetic high press, and his switch to a midfield diamond demonstrated Arsenal have become more flexible since parting company with Arsène Wenger. Emery’s side played with snap and bite from the start, with the tone set by Lucas Torreira’s waspish performance, and the impressive Aaron Ramsey. Jacob Steinberg

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2) Salah’s theatrics take shine off his latest feat

“Exceptional achievement from a world-class player,” was Jürgen Klopp’s verdict on Mohamed Salah reaching the milestone of 50 Premier Leaguegoals. The Egypt international hit the half-century in 72 games. Only out-and-out strikers Ruud van Nistelrooy, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole got there in fewer games. “Maybe he would have scored more and earlier if I hadn’t played him on the right wing so often,” Klopp added. “My fault.” The forward’s anticipation, awareness and improvisation earned the reward but rather less appetising was his theatrical attempt to win a first-half penalty under pressure from Mamadou Sakho. Salah was affronted by Luka Milivojevic’s angry reaction to the tumble but didn’t have a leg to stand on. Theoretically and literally. The slight on Salah’s reputation was self-inflicted. Andy Hunter

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3) Mahrez’s omission a sign of City’s strength

“Tactical” was the explanation from Pep Guardiola when he was asked about Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City’s record signing, not even warranting a place among their substitutes for the 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town. Others might see it as perplexing that the £60m man has drifted out of the squad and was an unused substitute in their previous two Premier League games against Wolves or Liverpool. For Mahrez, who was bought from Leicester, it must clearly be a worry. More than anything, however, it is probably a reminder of City’s immense resources rather than anything the player has particularly done wrong. And there can be no guarantees, with Kevin De Bruyne fit again, Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling excelling on the wings and the two Silvas, David and Bernardo, also to factor in, that it was only a one-off. Daniel Taylor

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