This was a fantastic Premier League Saturday, with 27 goals scored between the eight games. Some of them were truly impeccable. The Manchester derby lived up to the billing. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool showed off their attacking prowess, turning in big multiple-goal wins. But since a lot of people prioritized a soccer game over Laurent Koscielny's health on Saturday, let's talk about that.
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal 2-1 Southampton
Burnley 1-1 Hull City
Middlesbrough 1-2 Crystal Palace
Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United 2-4 Watford FC
Liverpool 4-1 Leicester City
Laurent Koscielny's situation highlights head injury issues
In stoppage time of Arsenal's match against Southampton, Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny went down with a clear head injury. He was down in the box, during play, in clear distress. It was a moment when play should have been stopped. It wasn't, and Arsenal won a penalty while Koscielny was down. He didn't look to be in good shape, but returned to the game.
pretty incredible play wasn’t stopped as kos was lying 8 yards out from goal after a head injury.— The Short Fuse (@TheShortFuse) September 10, 2016
unreal that kos is on the pitch. concussion protocol??— The Short Fuse (@TheShortFuse) September 10, 2016
While the penalty shouldn't have happened because play should have been stopped, the result isn't what's important here. The important thing is Koscielny's health, and that referee Robert Madley and Arsenal's staff both showed disregard for the safety of a player. There's been virtually no improvement when it comes to dealing with head injuries in the Premier League. This needs to be fixed.
Hey, let's appreciate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal
Manchester City won their derby in Saturday's early match, and we wrote about City youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin De Bruyne stealing the show. Because of that, we'd like to take some time out to appreciate this brilliant goal that didn't fit the game's narrative much at all, and therefore will be quickly forgotten about. Take it away, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The body positioning, flexibility and technique required to strike this shot this perfectly are expert level. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is extremely good at soccer.
Son Heung-Min comes to life
After a roller-coaster first season in the Premier League, Son Heung-Min missed the first few games of Spurs' season thanks to the Olympics and, when he returned, other players having spent more time training with the team. But thanks to a tough Tuesday game and a long flight for Erik Lamela, Son got his chance on Saturday and made the most of it with two goals. Spurs fans were happy.
SON’S OUT GUNS OUT— Cartilage Free Capt. (@cartilagefree) September 10, 2016
WELCOME BACK TO THE TEAM, SONNY— Cartilage Free Capt. (@cartilagefree) September 10, 2016
There were rumors that Son might be sold this summer, but Spurs decided to hang onto him. That looks like a good decision, especially since we wouldn't have gotten to see this goal celebration if he left: Running man into secret handshake into dab.
Daniel Sturridge is back too!
Keeping with the "struggling player finds redemption" theme, Daniel Sturridge had an unbelievable game against Leicester. He didn't score and was only credited with one assist, but his hold-up play and work off the ball were impeccable, and he was only denied a goal because of some excellent saves by Kasper Schmeichel. It was the kind of energetic, intelligent, complete performance that Liverpool fans have been hoping to see from Sturridge since Luis Suarez left town. And if Sturridge can continue in this form, Liverpool will like their chances of finishing top four.
West Ham's defense is inexplicably bad
W Ham 1-0 Watford— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 10, 2016
W Ham 2-0 Watford
W Ham 2-1 Watford
W Ham 2-2 Watford
W Ham 2-3 Watford
W Ham 2-4 Watford pic.twitter.com/9OWIGIQv14
xG map for West Ham - Watford. A delightfully silly romp. pic.twitter.com/TUBKcEtcVw— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) September 10, 2016
We're not sure what's worse here. That West Ham lost from 2-0 up, or that it happened without Watford converting either of their two biggest chances? The Hammers have now allowed nine goals in four games.
Here are some of the other great goals from Saturday
Despite West Ham's struggles, this rabona assist from Dimitri Payet is incredible. Before he got hurt, Laurent Koscielny scored a fantastic bicycle kick. And Bournemouth got to climb up the table thanks to this backheel flick by Callum Wilson.
Sunday and Monday's games
Chelsea and Swansea played a wild game on Sunday, with Diego Costa scoring twice in a 2-2 draw. On Monday, Sunderland takes on Everton at 3 p.m. ET. Both games are on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live in the United States. You can find listings for your country at Live Soccer TV.