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Nicolas Pepe (left) gets away from Fabinho during Arsenal

Away wins were not in short supply during the third weekend of the new Premier League season, with seven teams picking up maximum points on the road.

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Manchester City, Newcastle and Chelsea were among those proved their credentials away from home, while Arsenal failed to join the party after being turned over yet again by Liverpool at Anfield. 

Here, Sportsmail’s JOE STRANGE picks out 10 things he learned from the latest round of fixtures… 

Emery’s Pepe plan shows hints of promise 

On August 1 Sportsmail revealed that Unai Emery was willing to smash Arsenal’s transfer record for Nicolas Pepe in a bid to cure their travel sickness.

The Gunners have had a miserable record away from home in recent seasons and the hope was that Pepe’s pace and ability to run at defenders would make them a serious threat on the counter attack.

Emery’s plan may not have been executed perfectly during Saturday’s defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, but the £72million man proved that his manager’s idea may well bear fruit in the future. 

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He became the first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in 50 games, should’ve scored after bursting through on goal and added a more direct dimension to Arsenal’s attacking play. 

Nicolas Pepe (left) gets away from Fabinho during Arsenal's defeat by Liverpool at Anfield

Nicolas Pepe (left) gets away from Fabinho during Arsenal’s defeat by Liverpool at Anfield

Pressure on Silva to give Kean his big chance

After Friday night’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, Everton boss Marco Silva insisted his side had created enough chances to take something from the game, perhaps even all three points.

In reality, the Toffees are not producing anywhere near enough in the final third. They have scored just once in three games and have had only six shots on target.

Two of those came at Villa Park, with perhaps the clearest opportunity dropping to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. His shot was easily blocked, with Theo Walcott wasting another excellent chance in the dying moments.

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Summer signing Moise Kean made another lively cameo appearance and, with Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson struggling for confidence in front of goal, it feels like the time is right to give him – and fellow new recruit Alex Iwobi – a run in the side. 

Moise Kean runs at Aston Villa misfielder Douglas Luiz after coming off the bench on Friday

Moise Kean runs at Aston Villa misfielder Douglas Luiz after coming off the bench on Friday

Moise Kean runs at Aston Villa misfielder Douglas Luiz after coming off the bench on Friday

West Ham may have finally found the striker they’ve been craving 

The last time West Ham had a striker who scored 20-or-more goals in a season was way back in 2004-05, when Teddy Sheringham tore up the Championship.

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Since then they have spent millions trying to fix their problems up-front, with 30 forwards scoring just 147 goals between them in 705 games prior to this season.

Their struggles to find a consistent goal-scorer led the Hammers to splash out £45m on Sebastien Haller this summer, making him the most expensive player in the club’s history.

After a quiet couple of games, the 25-year-old shone in Saturday’s away win at Watford, scoring twice while providing the sort of presence which suggests he could be the man to end West Ham’s striker curse.  

West Ham's record signing Sebastien Haller celebrates after scoring his second at Watford

West Ham's record signing Sebastien Haller celebrates after scoring his second at Watford

West Ham’s record signing Sebastien Haller celebrates after scoring his second at Watford

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Maddison shows why he’s a man in demand

James Maddison is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad – and it’s clear to see why.

The Leicester star put in another excellent performance during the Foxes’ first win of the season at Sheffield United on Saturday, showing the sort of vision which can be priceless when it comes to breaking down stubborn opposition.

His pass to set Jamie Vardy free for the opening goal was a thing of beauty and exactly the sort of moment Manchester United were missing in their defeat by Crystal Palace. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be planning a big money bid for Maddison in January. On current form, he’d walk into the starting XI. 

James Maddison (left) impressed again as Leicester beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane
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James Maddison (left) impressed again as Leicester beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane

James Maddison (left) impressed again as Leicester beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane

Southampton may have found a bargain in Djenepo

While some clubs splashed out over £100m during the summer transfer window, Southampton were cautious in their approach.

Danny Ings arrived on a permanent deal from Liverpool, Che Adams joined from Birmingham and Kevin Danso made a deadline day loan switch from Augsburg.

There most interesting piece of business, however, could well turn out to be the £14m signing of Moussa Djenepo, who scored just 78 seconds after coming off the bench against Brighton.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes the winger can become a ‘big star’ and given his exquisite finish at the Amex Stadium, it’s clear to see why. 

Moussa Djenepo scored his first goal for Southampton just 78 seconds after coming on

Moussa Djenepo scored his first goal for Southampton just 78 seconds after coming on

Moussa Djenepo scored his first goal for Southampton just 78 seconds after coming on

Mount and Abraham repay Lampard’s faith in youth

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One of the reasons Chelsea opted for Frank Lampard to replace Maurizio Sarri was his willingness to nurture young players and give them a chance in the first-team.

And while his hands were tied when it came to bringing in new faces over the summer, the club’s legendary former midfielder has stuck to his principles.

At Norwich on Saturday he started Tammy Abraham over Olivier Giroud and opted for Mason Mount ahead of Ross Barkley, despite their lack of experience.

Both players impressed and scored in a much-needed 3-2 win, with Abraham silencing his critics with two excellent finishes. It’s still early days, but the future looks bright. 

Tammy Abraham runs to embrace Frank Lampard after scoring his first goal against Norwich

Tammy Abraham runs to embrace Frank Lampard after scoring his first goal against Norwich

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Tammy Abraham runs to embrace Frank Lampard after scoring his first goal against Norwich

De Gea get over last season’s hangover

David de Gea had a nightmare end to last season – and it seems he’s not quite over it.

Manchester United’s No 1 was at fault for Crystal Palace’s 93rd minute winner on Saturday when he allowed Patrick van Aanholt’s tame shot to squeeze past him and into the back of the net.

He is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract at Oldf Trafford despite agreeing a six-year deal worth a staggering £375,000 a week earlier this summer.

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On this evidence – and the back-end of last term – he does not deserve to become the world’s best paid goalkeeper. The costly errors must be cut out – and quick.

David de Gea looks on after allowing Patrick van Aanholt to score Crystal Palace's winner

David de Gea looks on after allowing Patrick van Aanholt to score Crystal Palace's winner

David de Gea looks on after allowing Patrick van Aanholt to score Crystal Palace’s winner

Guardiola’s Sterling prediction may have been to conservative

Before the season began, Pep Guardiola backed Raheem Sterling to score 30 goals this season. Three games in and he’s already on five.

The England star’s latest strike, which came in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth, showed how he has developed a true poacher’s instinct as he snuck through the Cherries’ defence before poking the ball beyond Aaron Ramsdale.

Sterling’s movement and knack for being in the right place at the right time appears to be only getting better, and if it wasn’t for a controversial VAR call against West Ham, he would be the Premier League’s leading scoring on his own.

Guardiola believes the former Liverpool man can hit 30 goals, but if Sterling keeps up his current form he could even surpass his manager’s target. 

Raheem Sterling scored his fifth goal in three games as Manchester City beat Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling scored his fifth goal in three games as Manchester City beat Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling scored his fifth goal in three games as Manchester City beat Bournemouth

Pochettino must clear up Eriksen situation

From being arguably Tottenham’s most important player, to not even being brought on with his side trailing to Newcastle and crying out for some creativity.

It’s been an odd few months for Christian Eriksen, who wants to leave Spurs for a new challenge but has so far failed to seal a move away. 

On Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino decided against bringing him off the bench and afterwards admitted that the Dane may not play for his side again.

If he is staying, Tottenham need him back in the side and pulling the strings in midfield so they avoid results like the 1-0 loss to the Magpies.

Barnes up there with Aguero and Mane

Ashley Barnes may have been unfairly labelled as a workhorse in the past, but the Burnley striker is proving there is so much more to his game.

The former Brighton man grabbed his fourth goal of the season against Wolves on Sunday with a superbly-taken half-volley from distance.

Only Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane have scored more Premier League goals than him in 2019 and he doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.

Sean Dyche wants the Clarets to start looking up the table this year, and in Barnes he has a forward who can push them closer to a mid-table finish.