The Premier League still managed to capture the attention of the nation despite the noise surrounding Europe’s dismal Ryder Cup campaign, Anthony Joshua‘s shock loss to Oleksandr Usyk and the Russian Grand Prix’s dramatic finish.
Every week, Sportsmail will be bringing you a Power Rankings table, listing the top 10 players in the Premier League after each weekend’s action is completed.
As the season continues to unwind, the rankings will provide a form guide with players moving in and out of the top 10 depending on both their performances in the previous fixtures and also in recent weeks.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side beat Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side were one of the teams that stole the headlines after thrashing Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City reasserted their dominance in the Premier League after a disappointing result against Southampton last weekend, and it was Gabriel Jesus who scored to see the Citizens triumph over Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Meanwhile, things didn’t go quite so well on the other side of Manchester as Kourtney Hause’s last-gasp winner saw United concede three points against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes also missed a stoppage-time penalty to provide another blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, while Liverpool were held to a 3-3 draw at Brentford despite sitting top of the table.
So, with all of that taken into account, how have Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings taken shape?
While Bruno Fernandes also missed a stoppage-time penalty for Manchester United
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Mohamed Salah
3. Romelu Lukaku
4. Paul Pogba
5. Bruno Fernandes
6. Said Benrahma
7. Ismaila Sarr
8. N’Golo Kante
9. Allan Saint-Maximin
10. Mason Greenwood
10. N’Golo Kante (down two)
N’Golo Kante snuck into last week’s top 10 after his performance during Chelsea’s win at Tottenham.
He was called on by Thomas Tuchel at half-time when Chelsea were in need of inspiration.
Just 11 minutes into his stint, he scored his first top-flight goal in 49 appearances for the Blues.
However, Tuchel made the decision to deploy Kante higher up the pitch against Manchester City on Saturday…and it’s safe to say it didn’t work.
The French international was too easily taken out of the game as Manchester City continued to ping passes around him.
The new position also restricted Kante’s creativity and inhibited his ability to link play as wonderfully as he usually does.
Nevertheless, Kante did provide some good passages of play. Fans particularly enjoyed the moment he made Rodri fall flat on his face.
The Chelsea-man had the ball on the right-wing and threatened to attack down the line before throwing a body faint and turning back.
Rodri, who was sold by the move, ended up on his backside…much to the Chelsea fans’ amusement.
Much to Kante’s disappointment, though, he’s set to slip out of the top 10 next week after testing positive for Covid, meaning he will miss both the trip to Juventus in the Champions League and the game against Southampton next weekend.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel made the decision to deploy N’Golo Kante higher up the pitch against Manchester City on Saturday and it’s safe to say it didn’t work
9. Joao Cancelo (new entry)
Joao Cancelo is a new entry in this week’s Premier League Power Rankings. His performance against Chelsea on Saturday has warranted him a place on the exclusive Sportsmail list.
Cancelo helped Pep Guardiola’s side lay down a timely reminder of their dominance in the Premier League – beat the reigning European champions away at Stamford Bridge.
Although Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva stole the majority of the headlines for their performances, it was Cancelo who impressed the most. The 27-year-old was instrumental in the team’s success as he linked up superbly with Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne.
He also caused chaos for the Chelsea defence with his penetrative passes and bursting runs. Manchester City’s one and only goal also came from Cancelo as Jesus capitalised on his blocked shot to score.
Joao Cancelo is a new entry in this week’s Premier League power rankings. His performance against Chelsea on Saturday has warranted him a place on the exclusive Sportsmail list
8. Bukayo Saka (new entry)
Bukayo Saka has become a mainstay in Arteta’s Arsenal side after establishing his credentials over the last two seasons. However, Sunday’s performance against Tottenham proved why the 20-year-old England international has also become a fans’ favourite.
There was a lot of anticipation surrounding the north London derby as it was the first time the rivalry had been played out in front of a full crowd since September 1, 2019.
Therefore, the pressure was on every individual that stepped out onto the pitch at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. However, the occasion did not seem to concern Saka – who played a starring role in their 3-1 win over their rivals.
The youngster set up Arsenal’s first goal of the day by weaving his way past several Tottenham defenders – including Sergio Reguilon – to end up in the box. Saka then remained calm on the ball – playing it back to Emile Smith Rowe to place it into the back of the net.
Saka then went on to score the club’s third in the 34th minute of the game after Harry Kane’s blunder’s gave him an easy shot on goal.
Bukayo Saka stole the show during Arsenal’s impressive victory over Tottenham on Sunday
7. Raul Jimenez (new entry)
Raul Jimenez could not be more deserving of a place in this week’s Premier League power rankings.
Jimenez has played every minute of the 2021-2022 campaign after returning from the life‑threatening skull fracture he sustained in November last year. However, he had been struggling rediscover his goal scoring ability…until now.
Jimenez found the net on Sunday afternoon to help Wolves beat Southampton 1-0. He used his raw power to win the ball in the press before brushing aside three Saints defenders with a few text-book sidesteps to find himself in front of goal.
Jimenez then used his composure to confidently slot home the only goal of the game in the 61st minute.
It’s safe to say the fans were delighted to not only have seen then team score, but to see Jimenez rediscover his former self.
Raul Jimenez could not be more deserving of a place in our Premier League power rankings
6. Romelu Lukaku (down three)
After a blistering start to life back in the Premier League with Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku has been slowly but surely falling down the power rankings ladder.
Thomas Tuchel was even forced to defend his strike after he was blamed for Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. Lukaku, who found himself isolated down the middle, registered just 21 touches all afternoon.
That was the lowest statistic across both squads for the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku also failed to register a single shot on target in the entire game as Manchester City continued to assert their dominance on the league.
Tuchel opted to defend his striker – despite the fact he has failed so score against about Liverpool and City.
The Blues manager said after the game: ‘I don’t think it is necessary to talk about Romelu’s struggle today.
‘When we reached Romelu, the attack was already half over because there were not enough people and there was simply no belief and connection. This was a team problem, not an individual problem.’
After a blistering start to life back in the Premier League with Chelsea, striker Romelu Lukaku has been slowly but surely falling down the power rankings ladder
5. Said Benrahma (up one)
Said Benrahma provided another lively performance for West Ham when they faced Leeds on Saturday. He worked tirelessly in the press and looked to create several chances for the Hammers.
He was also responsible for the majority of West Ham’s efforts and initiated the majority of their initial breaks. A prime example was when the youngster came close with a long-range shot before sprinting back to his own box to make an all-important interception.
Benrahma also made a fool of Jamie Shackleton – cutting inside the defender with ease and commanding the space around him. As a result, the 26-year-old is set to become a star in David Moyes’ team.
Said Benrahma provided another lively performance for West Ham when they faced Leeds
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (down 3)
Cristiano Ronaldo took his rightful place as the our power rankings leader last week – having followed up his double against Newcastle and his goal against Young Boys with a crucial equaliser against West Ham.
However, this week he has fallen back down the pecking order after a disappointing performance against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. Ronaldo’s inability to create any real clear-cut chances at Old Trafford was detrimental to the team.
The Portugal international drilled his one and only free-kick into the wall and sent his only meaningful attempt on goal wide. As a result, Aston Villa fans took the opportunity to mock his iconic ‘Siuuu’ celebration outside of the stadium after the game.
Ronaldo subsequently took to Instagram to demand more from both himself and his teammates. He wrote: ‘This is only the beginning, but in a competition as strong as the Premier League, every point counts! We must react immediately, get back on our feet and show our true strength.’
Ronaldo has fallen down the pecking order after a disappointing performance against Villa
3. Ismaila Sarr (up four)
Ismaila Sarr was a new entry in the power rankings last week as he netted a second-half brace in Watford’s clash with Norwich to help Xisco Munoz’s men climb up the table.
He has not only retained his place this week but moved up the list after scoring scoring against Newcastle and denying the Magpies their first win of the 2021-2022 campaign.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa were all interested in Sarr in the summer of 2020 prior to a season in the Championship, where he scored 13 goals in 2020-21.
Should he continue such form, the Watford-man will become hot property once again for the upcoming transfer windows.
Ismaila Sarr scored against Newcastle and denied Newcastle their first win of the season
2. Allan Saint-Maximin (up seven)
It may not have been the best performance Allan Saint-Maximin has ever produced but it was certainly enough to warrant his place in this week’s power rankings.
He helped set Newcastle up for their first win of the 2021-2022 season by providing the assist for Sean Longstaff’s opening goal in the 23rd minute of the game against Watford.
Watford did, however, respond with a 72nd minute equaliser thanks to Sarr – seeing the game end in a 1-1 draw.
Nevertheless, Saint-Maximin created several other changes at Vicarage Road that his team-mates should have done better with.
Having played for the full 90 minutes, Saint-Maximin had 53 touches of the ball. Those touches saw him create five chances, take two shots, complete three successful dribbles and make two crosses.
Saint-Maximin also penetrated lines well, completing 74 per cent of his 31 passes during the game.
He was also defensively sound during the game – having made made one vital tackle and blocked one important shot.
It may not have been the best performance Allan Saint-Maximin has ever produced but it was certainly enough to warrant his place in this week’s power rankings
1. Mohamed Salah (up one)
Mohamed Salah takes this week’s top spot after he scored a record-breaking goal in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Brentford.
Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for the Reds early in the second half to give his team the lead. His strike also saw him become he quickest player in the club’s history to achieve the feat.
Salah’s goal was also brilliantly took as he swept in a first-time finish from Fabinho’s pass over the top. However, Vitaly Janelt was quick to respond with a header to bring the hosts level once again.
Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool in their 3-3 draw with Brentford