It was a sign of how well Burnley played in parts of Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Manchester City that the result felt disappointing, despite few backing the Clarets to get anything from the game.
Injuries shortly before half-time to both goalscorer Dean Marney and Johann Gudmundsson derailed the hosts' effort and the final scoreline, earned for City by Sergio Aguero's brace, was possibly fair overall, although there should have been an early penalty for a foul on Jeff Hendrick by Nicolas Otamendi.
A crazy game at Turf Moor ended in pandemonium in the stands as Ashley Barnes wrapped up a 3-2 thriller with the winner in stoppage time on Saturday.
Burnley seemed to have thrown away a two-goal lead and Crystal Palace felt the likelier victors in the closing minutes, but the team's desire and determination shone as they maintained their excellent home form to move up to ninth in the league.
Rarely have the Clarets ever looked this dangerous on the break and Palace did not cope with their...
With the Premier League awash in television contract money, the transfer market has not been quiet this summer. Plenty of new recruits have landed in advance of the new season, and there is no doubt that much more trading will take place before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 1. For now, in advance of the big kickoff on Aug.13, let's look at a key signing for each club and speculate how he will fit into his new environment:
Arsenal | Granit Xhaka | Midfield
Signed from: Borussia Monchengladbach
The amount of time Mathieu Flamini spent playing in Arsenal's midfield last season (1089 minutes) was a stark indication that reinforcements were needed. With Mikel Arteta also departing, this time into retirement, the signing of Xhaka brings relative youth and added energy into the centre of the team. He's a high-volume passer, having averaged around 70 passes per game for the last two seasons, but he also has a bit of bite: his tackle and interception rate has been over five per game. To be critical, his four fouls conceded per game is a touch high and he may have to learn to rein that in, but otherwise the Switzerland international, who turns 24 in September, looks a solid recruit.