Stats: Mbappe's record 9, Lewandowski's first, Arsenal's best start in 18

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Arsenal moved atop the Premier League as they continued their winning run, while Manchester City were held by Newcastle United and Chelsea were thrashed by Leeds United. West Ham United's third consecutive loss of the season, this time to Brighton, lifted Manchester United off the bottom of the table temporarily.

In La Liga, Robert Lewandowski announced himself by helping Barcelona rout Real Sociedad. Only four teams, though, have won both their first two games - Villarreal, Real Madrid, Real Betis and Osasuna. Villarreal lead the pack on goal difference.

The Bundesliga saw Bayern Munich do Bayern Munich things while Werder Bremen pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in European football to beat Borussia Dortmund late. Three games into the season, Bayern are already (at least) two points up on everyone else. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi kept their controversies of last week aside to orchestrate a 7-1 win over Lille. They too have a two-point gap atop the league.

By The Numbers has all the best stats from the this weekend of football:



Brenden Aaronson's goal for Jesse Marsch's Leeds United is the first time that an American player has scored a PL goal for a team coached by an American.


Bournemouth didn't have a shot or touch in the opposition box in the first half against Arsenal. This is only the second time (since 2008-09) that a home team has failed to register either in the first half of a PL game. The other - Bournemouth v Man City (March 2019).


This is the first time since 2004-05 that Arsenal have won their first three PL games. In fact, Arsenal are the first top-flight side to win their opening three league matches the season after losing their first three, since Everton in 1937-38 and 1938-39. Everton won the league in '38-'39.


Oleksandr Zinchenko has won 82.3% of the PL games he's appeared in (65/79). That's the best for any player with 50+ games in the competition. The second best is Arjen Robben with 82.1%.


Harry Kane scored his 185th PL goal, breaking a tie with Sergio Aguero for the fourth-most goals in the PL era. Next on the list is Andy Cole at 187. Kane also now has the record for the most PL goals by a player for one single club.



Robert Lewandowski scored 312 goals in the Bundesliga...none were in the first minute. His first goal for Barcelona, on debut (and on his birthday), came in the first minute.

In fact, at 0:46, Lewandowski's goal is Barcelona's fastest goal in LaLiga since (at least) 2010-11 (ESPN dataset).


Aurelien Tchouameni had 13 recoveries in Real Madrid's win vs Celta de Vigo. This was Madrid's first game after Casemiro's departure. Casemiro, who led the team LaLiga in recoveries last season with 230, only had one game with 13+ recoveries with Real Madrid in LaLiga last season (14 vs Getafe on January 2022).


Karin Benzema: scored his 19th penalty goal in LaLiga; only six active players have scored more penalties than the Frenchman in LaLiga (Raul García, Negredo, Parejo, Iago Aspas, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo). Seventeen of those penalty goals have come since Ronaldo left the team after the 2017-18 season.


Kylian Mbappe scored the fastest goal in Ligue 1 (at least since 2006/07, from when data is available) in PSG's demolition of Lille. The goal came in nine seconds!



In a most remarkable comeback, Werder Bremen became the first team in the last 13 seasons of the top 5 European leagues to win after entering the 89th minute of a game trailing by multiple goals. Teams were previously 0 W - 8511 L - 18 D in that scenario. In fact, they are the first team in Bundesliga history to score thre goals in the 89th minute or later in a single match.


New season, new and improved Bayern - Bayern Munich has set a new Bundesliga record for most goals scored by any team through the first three games played of a season with 15. The previous record was 13 (Borussia Monchengladbach in 1973-74 and Bayern themselves in 2020-21). Oh, and Bayern have also become the first Bundesliga team to score 6+ goals twice in their first 3 games played of a season.


Remember that 9-second Mbappe goal? The assist was given by Messi - from 38.6m away -- that is Messi's longest assist since October 2020 vs Juventus in the UEFA Champions League (56.9m to Dembele) and his longest assist in league play since Sept. 2010 vs Atletico Madrid (42.6m to Pique).

It is also the second time in Messi's career that he has provided an assist in the first minute - with the last time being for Luis Suarez in 2015 for Barcelona.

(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)