With the Premier League action over for another weekend, we take a look at the talking points from the action and ask What did we learn this week?
When is a goal scoring opportunity not a goal scoring opportunity?
When a goal is scored from that opportunity apparently. Midway through the second half at the Stadium of Light, Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna was adjudged to have fouled Jozy Altidore who, seconds after the whistle, put the ball into a net from a title angle. Referee Martin Atkinson only saw fit to give the Frenchman a yellow card to this disgust of the home fans who had been denied a hard fought equalizer.
Manchester City fail the test of the Britannia Stadium.
One of the most well established tests of a good Premier League team is how they fair on a windy and wet day away at Stoke. The Potters played with purpose and when it came it to the full time whistle, it was the Sky Blues who were most pleased with the point. City will be disappointed with their start this season are yet to show the consistency of title contenders after dropping points in two of their four games so far. But mood can shift quickly in the Premier League, especially with the Manchester derby this Sunday.
Did you see Jussi?
The stand out player of this weekend was West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The 38-year-old showed all the agility and pace of a man 10 years younger to deny Southampton with a series of stunning saves. The game was dominated by the Saints but in the end they were forced to share the points thanks to the Fin.
Ashley Young still wears his swimming trunks under his shorts.
Manchester United’s winger Young has earned himself a reputation that he is taking no measures to change. When Kagisho Dikgacoi stuck out a leg to make a tackle in the first half at Old Trafford, Young took the invitation to force contact and fall the ground demanding a penalty. Luckily, referee Jon Moss saw through the Englishman’s attempt to con him with the dive and he was shown a yellow card.
Jonjo Shelvey is inconsistent to say the least.
It took Shelvey all of 87 seconds to score against Liverpool on Monday night with an impressive finish. A minute later he had underhit a back pass and set up Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge to equalize. Shelvey’s sizeable contribution to the action was far from over though. Half an hour later he had foolishly given the ball away again under little pressure and Liverpool took the lead.
Had he finished there? No. He had not. Making a difference at the right end this time, Jonjo set up Michu with a flick-on header to level the score at 2-2. Even with all that he managed to find himself time to get booked.