Manchester United are back in the chase
Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford was billed as this weekend’s big game. Top of the league Arsenal traveled to Manchester to play a side who have been struggling so far this season by their own high standards.
Would United prove that they can compete at the top this season? Or would Arsenal go five points clear at the top of the league? When the full time whistle came it was United who were celebrating.
Robin Van Persie, who controversially left the Gunners for United in 2012, scored the only goal of the game to put United’s title defence back on track. The result puts United five points off the top of the table and means that Arsenal are only two points clear of Liverpool at the top.
Goalless Tottenham learn that Football is a Krul game
Goals have been hard to come by for Spurs this season. They have only 9 goals from 11 games in the league this season, 3 of which have been penalties.
But Tottenham’s lack of goals this weekend was not through lack of trying. Newcastle keeper Tim Krul made 14 saves, including a few unbelievable stops, to deny Spurs a place on the scoresheet.
That’s the most saves a keeper has made in a single game this season but Spurs will have to score more if they are serious about Champions League qualification this season.
Mourinho’s record survives
There are certain records in Premier League that are part of the furniture. Jose Mourinho’s record at Stamford Bridge is one of those records. Chelsea have never lost at home in the league in either of the Portuguese’s two spells as manager. In fact, in all competition’s, only Barcelona and Basel have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Although, that famous record was threatened this weekend when West Brom made the trip to South London. With a win at Old Trafford already under the Baggies’ belts this season, Steve Clarke’s side were right to go into the game with an air of confidence.
The hosts took the lead before half time but goals from Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon put the Baggies into the lead with just over 20 minutes to go. They held their lead until the last minute of stoppage time when Ramires went down easily in the area and Andre Marriner pointed to the spot.
Eden Hazard stepped up and equalised for the Blues to save Mourinho’s record.
It’s all smiles at Southampton
Thing’s are going swimmingly for the Saints so far this season. After 11 games they sit a deserved third in the league with 22 points.
This weekend saw another convincing home performance, beating Hull City 4-1. The Saints are unbeaten at St Mary’s this season and boast a record of four wins and two draws.
Such performances have not gone unnoticed as Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez have received their first call ups to the England squad for the international friendlies in mid November.
Aston Villa CAN score goals
Hallelujah. The lame can walk, the blind can see and Aston Villa have scored in the Premier League.
There were 76 minutes on the clock when Leandro Bacuna stepped up to take a long range free kick in Villa Park. In total it had been 7 hours and 30 minutes since Villa’s last goal in the league which came at the end of September against Manchester City.
The Dutchman made no mistakes as he curled the free kick into the net to put Villa up 1-0. The patient Villa fans had to wait just 8 minutes for their next league goal: Libor Kozak doubled the lead to claim the points for Villa.
The Stadium of Light is an unhappy hunting ground for Manchester City
This weekend Sunderland reinforced their reputation as Man City’s bogey team with yet another 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light. It is the fourth consecutive time that the Sky Blues have travelled to Sunderland and lost by the same scoreline.
Phil Bardsley scored the game’s only goal as City sank to their fourth defeat of the season. The Mackems win continues an improvement in results since the appointment of Gus Poyet.
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