Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, two of the best strikers in the world, made their return to the Premier League after some time away. Romelu Lukaku was undoubtedly the better player on Sunday. The Belgium international, who made his second debut for Chelsea, marked his return to the Premier League after a two-year absence by scoring a phenomenal goal and assisting in another during a 2-0 victory against Arsenal. The 28-year-old described himself as ‘dominant’ as he bullied the patched-up defense of Arsenal into submission at the Emirates Stadium.
Harry Kane, the incredible striker for Tottenham Hotspur who is linked with a transfer to Manchester City, hasn’t been seen since the final day of the last Premier League season. However, he made a late return for preseason training in the midst of growing intrigue over his football future. The captain for England stepped onto the field during the 71st minute as a substitute against Wolverhampton where he was welcomed with applause even though he has a desire to join Manchester City. He squandered a one-on-one opportunity before Tottenham Hotspur claimed a 1-0 victory at Molineux. Dele Alli provided the only goal of the match when he earned and converted a penalty during the 9th minute of the game.
Dream Start for Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku didn’t score a single goal for Chelsea in 15 appearances during his first spell at the London Club, stretching from 2011 to 2014. However, when he made his second debut for Chelsea on Sunday, it only took him 15 minutes to score a goal against Arsenal. Thomas Tuchel, the manager for Chelsea, wasted no time and threw Lukaku in the team at the first opportunity.
The way Lukaku pinned Pablo Mari, the center back for Arsenal, and then brushed aside the same player as he dazed into the area to convert the cross from Reece James clearly demonstrated a striker that is currently at the top of his game. This is exactly what Chelsea needed last season, even though they won the Champions League.
The Belgium international was also involved in the second goal for Chelsea, scored by Reece James during the 35th minute. Lukaku deceived Arsenal’s defense when a pass came in from the left, leaving the team out of position and allowing Mason Mount more space to pass the ball to Reece James for the phenomenal finish.
Tuchel informed BettingPro reporters that Lukaku already proved his worth after he joined the team from Inter Milan for a fee of $135 million. Arsenal is starting the season with two defeats after losing against Brentford in their opening game. This is the first time Arsenal opened their campaign with two losses.
Manchester United Sets Record
Manchester United managed to tie the longest undefeated away record in the top division of English soccer at 27 matches. However, the team was disappointed to depart from the south coast with a draw against Southampton.
The Saints conceded 9 goals without scoring at Old Trafford in February earlier this year, but managed to take the lead on Sunday when the strike from Che Adams was deflected in from Fred’s boot. Thankfully, Mason Greenwood levelled the score when he latched onto a pass from Paul Pogba, adding to his 4 assists from the victory against Leeds during the opening game.