Arsenal hit a new low and then a new high in their bewildering 3-3 draw at West Ham as Jesse Lingard justifies his England recall, while Tottenham restored some much-needed hope with their 2-0 win at Aston Villa
Tottenham, meanwhile, are three points off the Champions League places. Drink that in for a moment because it takes some swallowing after a week in which their miserable European exit to Dinamo Zagreb was labelled as a disgrace by their own captain Hugo Lloris.
But a workmanlike performance in beating a dangerous Aston Villa side 2-0 at Villa Park ensures that Spurs go into the international break with a little dignity restored and a reminder that there is plenty for them still to play for if they can just refocus their energy
Jose Mourinho rang the changes, presumably turning to the players he trusts, and was rewarded with some standout displays. No surprise that Harry Kane was among them but Carlos Vinicius and, in particular, Lucas Moura impressed too.
The trio combined for Vinicius’ first Premier League goal of the season, while the second was all about Kane as he won and converted the penalty that ended Villa’s hopes of a point.
After delivering one of the most abject 32 minutes of the Premier League season to find themselves 3-0 down to West Ham at the London Stadium, they contrived to fashion an unlikely comeback that will have stirred even pessimistic supporters. Expect the unexpected.
Alexandre Lacazette earned his late equaliser with a fine performance leading the line. Martin Odegaard, creator-in-chief yet again, would not have deserved to find himself on the losing side. Neither would Calum Chambers, hugely impressive on his return to the team at right-back.
But for all the endeavour shown in the second half, this was still one point when three were needed. Arsenal are ninth and the bitter taste of those first-half failings linger on the palate, not least for Mikel Arteta, a man now accustomed to his high standards not being met. “I am very disappointed because I cannot accept my team to play how they did for certain periods in the first half.”