- The English Premier League saw a lot of action on Sunday, March 12 2023
- Manchester United midfielder Casemiro received his second red of the season when they faced Southampton
- Trossard was in fine form assisting three goals in 45 minutes for Arsenal against Fulham
Leandro Trossard and Casemiro were two of the standout performers in Sunday’s Premier League action, but for very different reasons.
Belgium international Trossard inspired Arsenal’s championship defence, while Manchester United’s Casemiro was shown his second red card in three Premier League appearances.
Newcastle United’s hero was Miguel Almiron, with Eddie Howe’s men closing in on the Champions League spots again, and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins maintained his excellent form in their draw with West Ham.
Following the conclusion of the day’s drama, SportsLeo with the help of Stats Perform highlights the top Opta figures.
Manchester United 0-0 Southampton: Casemiro bags another Premier League red card
Unquestionably, Casemiro has been one of United’s finest players this year, but if they now fall short of the top four, the Brazilian international will bear some of the responsibility.
Sunday’s first-half red card for a strong tackle on Carlos Alcaraz proved costly, as United could only manage a point afterwards.
He became the first United player since Nemanja Vidic in 2013–14 to obtain two red cards in a Premier League season, and only the second player after Darren Fletcher to do so in his debut season with the team. (2003-04).
He will now miss their upcoming four games, which means that by the conclusion of that stretch, he will have served an eight-game suspension this year alone.
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While some United supporters might have believed that signing a player of Casemiro’s calibre would always carry some danger, he had never seen a straight red before transferring to Old Trafford.
Of course, Southampton benefited from Casemiro’s departure. Saints kept a third clean sheet in four games under Ruben Selles, which is one more than in their previous 34 league games, despite not getting the victory they may have felt they merited.
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal: Trossard fires three assists as Arsenal continue London form
The resounding victory by Arsenal at Craven Cottage marked their fifth straight-away victory in a London derby without giving up a goal.
No Premier League club has ever accomplished this feat.
All three of Arsenal’s goals, which came in the first half, were set up by Trossard, who accomplished a remarkable achievement of his own.
The Belgian thus made history by recording the first-ever hat-trick of assists in the opening period of a Premier League away encounter.
The second goal by Trossard was a looping pass that Gabriel Martinelli headed in from close range for his 23rd league goal for the team.
He now needs one more Premier League goal to overtake Nicolas Anelka as the international player with the most for the team before turning 22.
This first-half surge keeps the Gunners in the championship race on the track, five points ahead of second-place Manchester City.
West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa: Watkins is in good Premier League form.
Since taking over as Aston Villa’s manager in place of Steven Gerrard, Unai Emery has undoubtedly been able to stabilize the team, with Watkins’ form ranking among the most noteworthy developments.
At London Stadium on Sunday, the attacker scored once more by heading in a cross from Alex Moreno to start the scoring.
Only Marcus Rashford (10), Erling Haaland (10) and Harry Kane (eight) have scored more Premier League goals since the World Cup than Watkins. (seven).
This includes goals in each of his last four Premier League away games, the longest such streak by a Villa player since Dwight Yorke between March and May 1998. (also four).
West Ham levelled just nine minutes later thanks to Said Benrahma, who was active throughout.
The penalty maintained his perfect record from the spot in English league football. It was his third from three for West Ham, having also scored 4/4 at Brentford.
Benrahma recorded the joint-most shots for a West Ham player in a single Premier League game (since the 2003–04 season) with 10 over the duration of the game’s 90 minutes.
But he was powerless to force a turnabout on his own.
Newcastle United 2-1 Wolves: Almiron on target once again
Almiron has improved this year, turning into a crucial component for Newcastle and a reliable scorer.
The Argentine came off the bench but impro
Eleven minutes after coming on in the second half, he found space in the right side of the box and, after a perfectly timed pass from Joe Willock, saw a deflected attempt past Jose Sa.
He now has four game-winning goals this season, which leads all Newcastle players, and he now has 11 goals overall in the Premier League, which is four more than he had in his prior four seasons combined.
The second-fastest replacement goal of the season came earlier from Hwang Hee-chan, who had tied the score just 57 seconds after entering the game.
Almiron, however, was the man of the match as Newcastle snapped a five-match losing run.
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