Seven things we learnt from the Premier League, including Fabregas rises to be Chelsea's star man and Ramsey is becoming Arsenal's Lampard

The English top flight kicked off again this weekend

1. Chelsea have a new star man in Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish maestro was sensational for the Blues on his debut, providing two assists, one with a truly unbelievable pass, and having a hand in the other goal. He dictated the tempo from the first whistle and showed that Arsene Wenger may have made his biggest transfer error in not bringing him back to the Emirates. Diego Costa also scored on his debut and after just one weekend some are referring to this season as a two-horse race between Jose Mourinho's side and Manchester City.

2. Ramsey is becoming Arsenal's Lampard

The Welshman just cannot stop scoring goals from midfield. In addition to his 18 goals last season, he has now also netted in the Gunners' last four games, and his uncanny knack for getting into the scoring positions is resembling a certain Frank Lamaprd, the Premier League's most prolific midfielder with 171 goals. Just 153 goals to score in England's top-flight before Ramsey equals Lampard's record. On recent form it shouldn't take him too long...

3. Van Gaal is no miracle worker

Louis van Gaal started off his reign at Manchester United by becoming the first United manager to lose at home on the opening day of the season in 42 years. With over two weeks remaining in the transfer window, new additions are desperately needed. The current squad does not look like being transformed into title challenegers.

Video: Latest transfer talk

 

4. Back heels can be as cutting as any through ball

Two of the finest assists you'll ever be likely to see happened on Sunday, Edin Dzeko's deft back-heel to David Silva and Dusan Tadic's heel to Nathaniel Clyne. Link up play at its sublime best. Then on Monday Fabregas added a back-heel of his own that was crucial in Chelsea's equaliser.

 

5. Dier goal shows Pochettino's attacking impetus

What was Eric Dier, a centre-back, doing so high up the field to score Tottenham's winner at West Ham? Newly appointed Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino didn't seem too suprised. "This is our philosophy. We have to believe for every minute and try and win every game," the manager said after the match. Could Spurs be the most entertaining team this season?

Spurs players and fans celebrate Eric Dier's winner Spurs players and fans celebrate Eric Dier's winner

6. The new boys offered mixed performances

Last season's Championship winners Leicester put in the best performance of the three new boys, twice coming from behind to salvage a point against Everton. QPR have spent the most money out of the clubs but one of their new men, Rio Ferdinand, was to blame for allowing James Chester to head home the winner at Loftus Road. Burnley worked hard but at times struggled to keep up with a brilliant Chelsea. All three can take something from their matches however and will be confident heading into next weekend. Substitute Chris Wood came off the bench to score a late equaliser for newly promoted Leicester City Chris Wood came off the bench to score a late equaliser for newly promoted Leicester

7. Champions will never lose their opening match

The statistics don't lie. In the Premier League era no defending champion has ever lost their opening match of the season, a run which continued with Manchester City's convincing display at St James' Park.

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