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Leicester were in irresistible form as they set new records by winning 9-0 on Friday

It was the Premier League weekend that saw Leicester City rewrite the record books, Liverpool claim a vitally important win over Tottenham and Manchester United finally win away.

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There was another Arsenal capitulation, another win for Chelsea and VAR controversy at Brighton.

Sportsmail’s ADAM SHERGOLD takes a look at 10 things we learned from the 10th round of the Premier League season.

Leicester were in irresistible form as they set new records by winning 9-0 on Friday

Leicester were in irresistible form as they set new records by winning 9-0 on Friday

Leicester are set for a Champions League tour again

It was a historic night for Leicester City as their nine-goal demolition of Southampton rewrote the record books.

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It was the largest-ever victory by an away side in the 131-year history of the English top division and equalled the record Premier League margin of victory, matching Manchester United’s 9-0 trouncing of Ipswich in 1995.

The ruthless nature of Leicester’s performance after Ryan Bertrand was sent off after just 12 minutes confirmed their improvement since Brendan Rodgers was appointed.

Leicester surely aren’t going to repeat their wonderful title triumph of 2016, but there’s absolutely no reason why they can’t finish third behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

Their fans enjoyed their Champions League quarter-final run in 2016-17 because they thought it would be a one-off.

But with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all looking inferior to Leicester at present, a return to Europe’s elite competition looks more likely by the week.

Jamie Vardy and Co look set for a return to the Champions League given current form

Jamie Vardy and Co look set for a return to the Champions League given current form

Jamie Vardy and Co look set for a return to the Champions League given current form  

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Sterling has become the ultimate City talisman

Not only does Raheem Sterling contribute Lionel Messi-esque returns of goals and assists, but he’s also a very handy good-luck charm for Manchester City.

The England star set the ball rolling with City’s opening goal just 20 seconds into the second half as they defeated Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday.

And that means he has now scored in 43 Premier League games for City without ever finishing on the losing side, of which 41 have ended in victory and two in draws. 

Manchester City simply don't lose in Premier League matches when Raheem Sterling scores

Manchester City simply don't lose in Premier League matches when Raheem Sterling scores

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Manchester City simply don’t lose in Premier League matches when Raheem Sterling scores

Of course, so much has been said about Sterling’s abilities but the 24-year-old is on an upward trajectory that means we could easily be mentioning him in the same breath as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in future.

It’s his relentless commitment to attack that impressed Pep Guardiola on Saturday: ‘We did not play the way we should play [in the first half], and the only player who was aggressive when we had the ball was Raheem.

‘In the second-half we imitated him. He showed us the way we wanted to play.’

We’ll have 10 penalties a game if that’s the VAR benchmark

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Yeah, really sorry, we’re going to have to talk about VAR so please stick with me.

There have been plenty of contentious moments already this season as the Premier League painfully gets used to the great all-seeing eye of video technology.

But if teams are going to be awarded penalties for things like defenders stepping on a striker’s foot, as Everton’s Michael Keane did to Brighton’s Aaron Connolly on Saturday, then we’ll see 10 spot-kicks a game.

The moment Everton's Michael Keane stepped on Aaron Connolly's foot to concede a penalty

The moment Everton's Michael Keane stepped on Aaron Connolly's foot to concede a penalty

The moment Everton’s Michael Keane stepped on Aaron Connolly’s foot to concede a penalty

The incident was referred to the Video Assistant Referee, and a bad precedent was set
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The incident was referred to the Video Assistant Referee, and a bad precedent was set

The incident was referred to the Video Assistant Referee, and a bad precedent was set

It was an absurd call and sets a bad precedent at a time when we’re gauging what should and shouldn’t be referred to the video assistant.

Gary Lineker put it well on Twitter:’ VAR hasn’t given a penalty this season, finally gives one to Brighton for next to nothing. The bar that has been at pole vault heights has descended to limbo dancing levels.’

It’s worrying that Bournemouth’s goals have dried up

Bournemouth have now gone 316 minutes of Premier League football without scoring since Callum Wilson’s goal against West Ham on September 28.

Two of their matches in that time have been against the bottom two sides in the division – Norwich and Watford – who have been leaking goals since the first weekend in August.

Given Eddie Howe has the likes of Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Arnaut Danjuma, Dominic Solanke and Joshua King in his ranks, it’s a worrying drought and negates the fact they’ve only conceded once in their last three.

Bournemouth's Joshua King is thwarted by Watford keeper Ben Foster in Saturday's stalemate

Bournemouth's Joshua King is thwarted by Watford keeper Ben Foster in Saturday's stalemate

Bournemouth’s Joshua King is thwarted by Watford keeper Ben Foster in Saturday’s stalemate

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They need to rediscover their shooting boots quickly because their pre-Christmas fixture list includes meetings with Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea.

And, as Howe noted after Saturday’s stalemate at Vicarage Road, the middle of the table is awfully congested and a couple of bad results could have them sliding towards the relegation zone.

Mousset’s Premier League career is ready to take off

Ironically, a striker that Bournemouth let go over the summer has finally hit his stride in the Premier League.

Lys Mousset was very much a bit-part player during his time on the south coast, with Howe rarely starting the Frenchman in anything aside from early-round cup matches.

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But since Sheffield United signed Mousset for £10million he’s been a man transformed by the opportunities afforded to him by Blades boss Chris Wilder.

Lys Mousset celebrates scoring Sheffield United's equaliser in their draw at West Ham

Lys Mousset celebrates scoring Sheffield United's equaliser in their draw at West Ham

Lys Mousset celebrates scoring Sheffield United’s equaliser in their draw at West Ham

The 23-year-old scored United’s equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Saturday and his third goal for the club in seven Premier League appearances has already matched his goal return in 58 games for Bournemouth.

‘You might see a few more Mousset shirts around Sheffield this week,’ said Wilder.

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Pulisic proves Chelsea have enough strength in depth

Chelsea have potentially 13 matches between now and Christmas, the autumn period unfailingly a busy and important one.

But, despite their transfer ban and having four first-team players currently out injured, Frank Lampard can take comfort that he should have enough squad depth to keep their winning run going.

Christian Pulisic had been champing at the bit to start a meaningful game since being demoted to the bench by Lampard and his hunger was evident in his stunning hat-trick at Burnley on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic with his match ball after scoring an impressive hat-trick against Burnley

Christian Pulisic with his match ball after scoring an impressive hat-trick against Burnley

Christian Pulisic with his match ball after scoring an impressive hat-trick against Burnley

And as the Blues prepare for a game on average every three days between now and the New Year, it was a welcome statement of intent.

But it doesn’t necessarily mean Pulisic will start against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup in midweek or at Watford on Saturday. 

Lampard will rotate his team with two quality options available in pretty much every position and the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley set to return next month.

Newcastle’s forwards are firing blanks

Newcastle United have scored six times in their opening 10 Premier League matches – which is the joint-lowest total at this stage of a season in their entire history.

They haven’t mustered more than one goal in a game all season and those with St James’ Park season tickets might want to request a refund with just three league goals there so far.

They needed a defender, Jamaal Lascelles, to score for them against Wolves on Sunday, though at least they did create a few chances for a change.

Miguel Almiron's long and agonising wait for a Newcastle goal continues after another blank

Miguel Almiron's long and agonising wait for a Newcastle goal continues after another blank

Miguel Almiron’s long and agonising wait for a Newcastle goal continues after another blank

But that doesn’t say much for their front line. Club-record signing Joelinton barely touched the ball, while Miguel Almiron has now played 20 games for the club and not played a role in a single goal.

Allan Saint-Maximin at least showed some intent with a couple of driving runs but the truth is Newcastle will be relegated unless there’s a drastic improvement up front.

Jeering Xhaka reflects badly on Arsenal’s fans

It’s fair to say that Granit Xhaka is far from the kind of captaincy material Arsenal have been blessed with in the past.

But he doesn’t lack effort and so it was strange and disheartening to hear him booed off during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

It seemed that Xhaka was singled out as the scapegoat for all manner of frustrations at recent results, Unai Emery’s methods and the sloppy performances of others.

Granit Xhaka reacts angrily to being jeered by Arsenal fans during Sunday's draw with Palace

Granit Xhaka reacts angrily to being jeered by Arsenal fans during Sunday's draw with Palace

Granit Xhaka reacts angrily to being jeered by Arsenal fans during Sunday’s draw with Palace

Xhaka was pushed over the edge by the toxicity and responded angrily, mouthing a four-letter expletive and ripping off his shirt as he stormed down the tunnel.

Any fan who pays admission money is entitled to voice an opinion but they’ve just worsened the situation this time and quite possibly caused a split in the dressing room that Emery won’t be able to repair.

Liverpool really are ‘f***ing mentality giants’

There were a few sniggers when Jurgen Klopp first described his Liverpool teams as ‘f***ing mentality giants’ after their astonishing Champions League comeback against Barcelona in May.

But far from being something lost in translation from the German, it has become an apt phrase to describe the remarkable psychological strength of his players.

A delighted Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool's 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday afternoon

A delighted Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool's 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday afternoon

A delighted Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday afternoon

Sunday’s come-from-behind win over Tottenham at Anfield, which re-established their six-point lead at the summit, was another excellent example and, ominously for their rivals, the mark of champions.

The Reds are now unbeaten in the last 10 Premier League matches at Anfield in which they’ve fallen behind, winning seven overall and each of the last six.

It shows that they might genuinely have the mental strength to get over the line in this season’s title race and end that 30-year wait for title No 19 next year.

Have United rebounded from their lowest point?

Sure, it may have only been a Norwich side sliding precariously back towards the Championship, but there were some signs of Manchester United looking more like their old selves on Sunday.

With Anthony Martial back from injury and Marcus Rashford in decent form, they are certainly carrying more of a threat going forward than in quite a few games this season.

Anthony Martial's return from injury seems to have lifted Manchester United's performances

Anthony Martial's return from injury seems to have lifted Manchester United's performances

Anthony Martial’s return from injury seems to have lifted Manchester United’s performances

Having failed to win away from home in so long, United have now done it twice in three days and their fans will hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have bottomed-out and will now push on up the table.

Their midweek visit to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup takes on some significance for Solskjaer, who’d certainly settle for that trophy as his first piece of silverware.

But is their revival this week a genuine uplift or merely false hope?