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Tottenham and Arsenal make top-flight history with contrasting fortunes

SoccerNews in English Premier League 29 Aug 2021

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Tottenham are top of the Premier League while Arsenal sit bottom for the first time in top-flight history.

Son Heung-min’s free-kick sunk Watford 1-0 on Sunday and maintained Spurs’ perfect record after three matches – the first time they have opened a campaign with three consecutive wins without conceding.

Son’s strike on his 200th top-flight appearance also meant Nuno Espirito Santo’s men became the second team in Premier League history to open a season with a trio of 1-0 wins.

Contrastingly, Arsenal are winless and goalless after three games for the first time ever, Manchester City crushing Mikel Arteta’s side 5-0 on Saturday.

That loss extended the Gunners’ top-flight losing run to nine against City, their outright longest-ever run of consecutive defeats against an opponent in their league history.

Indeed, Arsenal are just the second team after Wolves in 2003-04 to lose their first three games and have a goal difference of -9 – a season in which Wolves finished bottom of the table.

Arteta remains in search of a much-needed first win after the international break against Norwich City, while Spurs travel to Crystal Palace as they look to maintain their perfect start.

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