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3 Stars of Premier League Weekend

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In traditional Premier League fashion, Matchday 3 served up plenty of unexpected results.

Arsenal-Liverpool was a back and forth offensive contest that ended 0-0 thanks to some well placed goal posts and amazing goalkeeper play. Leicester retained their spot near the top of the table, City rolled to yet another win, Chelsea returned to form and United couldn’t seem to buy a goal no matter how many attacking midfielders Louis van Gaal decides to purchase.

Overall, it was a fabulous week to be an EPL fan, though three performances shined above the rest. Those performances will be honored as the three stars of the week.

Pedro, Winger, Chelsea F.C.

What a debut for the former Barcelona man at the Hawthorns. After spurning both Manchester clubs en route to his new home in West London, Pedro won the hearts of the Chelsea faithful in his first 90 minutes outside a Barcelona shirt in more than a decade.

Pedro was sensational for the Blues, demonstrating the incredible pace and technical ability he has shown as a substitute for Barcelona for years, but this time it came with him in the starting lineup. In addition to notching a goal and an assist on his Chelsea debut, Pedro was a dynamic two-way player, helping cover for right back Branislav Ivanovic, who seems to grow slower by the day.

He seems to have instant chemistry with the Chelsea midfield and forwards, having played internationally with both Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa with Spain. Pedro seems hungry to succeed in the EPL, and if he continues to put in performances like he did on Sunday this season, he will find himself on many award shortlists come season’s end.

Callum Wilson, Striker, AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth is unquestionably the story of the season in the Premier League, and in scoring a hat trick to get the club its first top flight win in history, Callum Wilson has written the first chapter in his legend with the club. Wilson absolutely shredded West Ham’s defense on Saturday, scoring all three goals in the Cherries’ 3-2 victory over the mighty Hammers.

Wilson’s rise to the Premier League mirrors Bournemouth’s in more ways than one, as he started his professional career four years ago with Kettering Town in League Two, a side that has since been relegated out of the Football League. After 55 appearances with his native Coventry City, Wilson was bought by Bournemouth. Four years after his debut with Kettering Town, he finds himself scoring hat tricks in the Premier League.

No Bournemouth fan will ever forget the heroics of Wilson, who has earned his club its first ever Premier League win, singlehandedly.

Petr Cech, Goalkeeper, Arsenal

Petr Cech, the former Chelsea man who moved to London rivals Arsenal in what many consider the signing of the summer, showed why he is worth so much to the Gunners against Liverpool on Monday. Despite a flurry of shots from the Reds, Cech was able to retain the clean sheet, and secure a point for Arsenal at the Emirates.

While Cech’s clean sheet was certainly impressive, the caliber of his saves contributed to the best overall performance in a star-studded affair between two of the top sides in the EPL. Cech’s diving stops on Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke were arguably the two best stops of this young Premier League season and undoubtedly saved Arsenal from an embarrassing loss at home.

Arsenal has lacked an elite goalkeeper for some time, so the addition of Cech should help the Gunners make a run at the title.

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