Matchday four of the 2021-22 English Premier League season saw great individual performances. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his old club Manchester United in their game against Newcastle United and scored a double. His compatriot Bruno Fernandes was also at his best in midfield, dictating the pace of the game.
Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku scored once on either side of the break to lead the Blues to a 3-0 win against Aston Villa. New signing Odsonne Edouard scored twice in the closing minutes against Tottenham Hotspur to help Crystal Palace achieve a surprising 3-0 victory. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also right when Liverpool won again in style with a 3-0 win at Leeds United.
Matchday 5 of the English Premier League promises engaging football and compelling individual performances. Choosing five from a sea of talented people is not an easy job, but we will surely give it a try. Here are five players to watch out for in week five of 2021-22 Premier League matches.
# 5 Nicolás Pepe – Arsenal
Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal had their worst start to a league campaign in the Premier League era this season. It was their first three Premier League matches without scoring a single goal, losing all three matches. Last week, they finally ended their Premier League drought, winning their game against Norwich.
The 1-0 victory was by no means extraordinary, but it was surely much more encouraging than their first three matches. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game, but it was Nicolas Pepe who got the Gunners going. He created seven chances in 90 minutes and dispatched the shot that ultimately led to Arsenal’s goal.
This week at Burnley, Arsenal will need Pepe to be in his prime. Without him firing on full blast, it could turn into another grim encounter for Arteta’s men.
# 4 Ferran Torres – Manchester City
Defending champions Manchester City are on a roll in the Premier League this season. After enduring a surprising 1-0 loss in their first game of the season, City have scored 10 goals in their next three games, conceding none. This weekend they will welcome a struggling Southampton and imagine themselves securing maximum points once again.
Ferran Torres, who has become the unlikely focal point of City’s attack, has been in excellent shape since the start of the season. His performance against Arsenal on Matchday 3 gave us a glimpse of his offensive acumen. He scored two goals and provided an assist, giving Pep Guardiola the confidence to stick to his false 9 system.
Against Southampton Torres is likely to have plenty of opportunities to be useful and we don’t see him squander them.