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Man City’s penalty woe & Aubameyang’s Sunday best

Dwight McNeil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Diogo Jota

Manchester Metropolis edged nearer to equalling an heart-broken file from 12 yards as Kasper Schmeichel denied Sergio Aguero to advise household bragging rights.

Plus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang delivered his Sunday most spirited, Dwight McNeil continues to show a great deal of promise and why Diogo Jota places the constant in inconsistent.

BBC Sport takes a glance on the weekend’s key Premier League statistics.

Aubameyang’s Sunday most spirited

In an exhilarating finale to the weekend’s Premier League movement, Arsenal ran out 3-2 winners towards Everton in a match which may label a foremost result in the sure for a European inform.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang modified into as quickly as key for the Gunners, scoring twice to construct up it six targets in his closing seven league video video games and buy his Premier League tally to 49 targets in 74 appearances since turning into a member of from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

That affords him the joint-perfect return throughout that size, alongside with Liverpool ahead Mohamed Salah, and an general file of 60 targets in 95 Arsenal video video games.

The Gabon ahead already has 17 league targets this season, proper 5 fewer than the 22 which noticed him portion the golden boot with Salah and workforce-mate Sadio Mane closing season.

Aubameyang continues to construct up a mockery of his anticipated targets (xG) complete as highlighted above – scoring six higher than his possibilities would counsel he may moreover aloof – and he will be hoping Arsenal’s Europa League involvement system the Gunners to play their league video video games on Sundays.

Following his newest haul, Aubameyang has been as we notify severe about 38 targets in 38 English prime-flight appearances on Sundays, scoring 32 situations himself.

That is when put subsequent with 17 targets in 36 video video games that hold fallen throughout the rest of the week.

The massive majority of his complete Premier League targets hold strategy from for the size of the field – with handiest 4 of his 49 being fired in from distance.

A transparent warning for West Ham then, who have to retain him on the least 18 yards from association to reinforce their hopes of scuffling with Aubameyang citing his half of-century subsequent day trip. Now not not as much as the match is on a Saturday…

Combined penalty fortunes

Kasper Schmeichel may not end Leicester Metropolis falling to defeat towards their rivals for second inform, Manchester Metropolis, on Saturday regardless of his absolute most spirited efforts.

Nonetheless, in denying Sergio Aguero from the penalty state of affairs, he did save household bragging rights by eclipsing his father Peter Schmeichel’s tally for Premier League penalty saves.

Kasper’s connect from Aguero modified into as quickly as his fourth within the English prime-flight – one higher than his dad made in his whole Premier League career.

That makes the Foxes keeper tied fourth for Premier League penalty saves since Leicester’s promotion in 2014, with handiest Simon Mignolet (six), Lukasz Fabianski (six) and Adrian (5) making additional in that point.

He stays some system gradual the all-time main desire of penalty saves within the competitors, which stays get hold of within the palms of weak Manchester Metropolis and Portsmouth stopper David James, who made a powerful 13.

The 20 penalties that hold kept away from Schmeichel in that point imply his connect share does sure gradual others. A selected stage out for weak Hull Metropolis goalkeeper Allan McGregor for his supreme file from two penalties confronted, and Mignolet for saving nearly half of the 13 situation-kicks that bought proper right here his system.

Within the meantime, reigning champions Manchester Metropolis are in the course of a corpulent-blown 12-yard (10.97 metre) catastrophe.

Pep Guardiola’s facet hold did not attain their closing 4 prime-flight situation-kicks and are literally closing in on Arsenal’s file sure of penalty misery.

The Gunners missed the primary 5 penalties they ever took within the Premier League, leaving Metropolis desperately having a look for a hero after Aguero joined Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling in contributing to City’s profligacy.

It begs the inquire of, when will goalkeeper Ederson accumulate his shot? “Take into accounts me, he’s essentially the most spirited taker we have in penalties,” Guardiola stated on Ederson’s probabilities in January.

I’ve confidence that is one thing we’d all admire to behold. Alternatively, Guardiola’s facet may moreover want to originate taking notes from Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

With a hop, skip and an ice-wintry attain, January signing Fernandes made it 13 worthwhile penalties in a row, extending a sure that stretches support to his Udinese days in April 2016.

Fernandes left Sporting Lisbon with a supreme 12/12 file and, alongside along with his opener on Sunday, he turned into the primary United participant to open their Premier League fable from the penalty state of affairs.

McNeil’s promise as Burnley bolt Europe

There was lots to like for a number of seasons about supervisor Sean Dyche’s efforts with Burnley. Teen Dwight McNeil is essentially the most up-to-date of them.

The 20-twelve months-conventional has been in shiny originate this marketing campaign for a Clarets facet that, with a thumping settle over Bournemouth, has recorded the membership’s perfect-ever system tally after 27 Premier League fixtures.

Burnley are literally unbeaten of their closing 5 video video games and sit proper 4 system adrift of fifth inform – which at the moment presents a Champions League state of affairs following Manchester City’s European ban.

And, among the many many Clarets’ three-arrangement show on Saturday, McNeil managed to each derive and attend in a Premier League sport for the primary time in his fledgling career.

Nonetheless it may maybe be essentially the most up-to-date attend that almost all spirited highlights his capability – along with future promise.

At 20 years and 92 days, McNeil turned into the youngest participant to achieve 10 Premier League assists since Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling did so outdated 19 years and 335 days for Liverpool in November 2014.

McNeil is available in because the 11th youngest participant to type the feat, fewer than three months gradual Manchester United story Ryan Giggs (20 years and eight days), who holds the file for many Premier League assists – and quite beneath two years older than file-holder Michael Owen.

Involved to take up, at 18 years and 171 days, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka later turned into the youngest participant to file consecutive Premier League assists since Everton’s Francis Jeffers in April 1999.

A fair trying week for Jota

You understand the asserting about London buses?

Wolves ahead Diogo Jota modified into as quickly as so conclude to following his Europa league hat-trick towards Espanyol on Thursday with one different towards Norwich.

He bought an extra two targets towards the Canaries and modified into as quickly as inches a good distance off from a 3rd as his shot rebounded off the publish to permit Raul Jimenez to seal the system for Wolves.

Linked with a £50m yell from Manchester United on Sunday, 23-twelve months-conventional Jota has eight targets in his closing seven dwelling video video games in all competitions.

He has scored 10 targets in his closing 12 appearances for Wolves – but, whereas these figures reek of consistency, the alternative is additional stunning.

Jota has in fact scored in exactly 4 of these 12 video video games, bagging two doubles and two hat-solutions in a beautiful all-or-nothing form.

Certainly, he had long gone eight video video games with out a association previous to Thursday’s treble – since scoring 5 situations in two video video games towards Brighton and Besiktas in December.

Sunday’s double system he has scored in exactly three league video video games to this stage this season, with a filled with 5 targets arriving in these matches.

Buses, meet Jota.

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