We look at the Premier League review in a week where the Manchester clubs lost, Chelsea drew with Spurs and Arsenal FC were the big winners of the week.
1) West Brom Shock Man United
West Bromwich Albion beat Manchester United at Old Trafford Saturday in the shock result of the week. It wasn’t just the fact that they beat the defending champions on their own turf, but the manner of the victory. Manchester United may have been poor, but credit must go to the Baggies players, especially Stephane Sessegnon and goalscorers Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino. Steve Clark must’ve been pleased Paolo di Canio didn’t see much use of Sessegnon, as the Benin playmaker was involved in every major move West Brom made. Amalfitano was also very influential, scoring the first goal with a cool finish and providing the assist for the other goal, scored by the impressive Berahino. The youngster was never overawed by the occasion and went on to grab his first Premier League goal.
United never really controlled the game. With Robin van Persie starting on the bench, the attack comprised of Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney. The midfield never bossed about with Michael Carrick ineffectual and Anderson too indecisive. United also missed the defensive ability of Patrice Evra, with Alexander Buttner filling in at left back. But the player United missed the most was their captain Nemanja Vidic. Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans never really got settled as a partnership. Nani and Wayne Rooney looked the only players capable of troubling the West Brom defence. David Moyes has a lot of thinking to do having lost three games in the Premier League so far as the defending champions languish in twelfth place in the league.
With United losing, City followed suit with a 2-3 defeat away to Aston Villa. City took the lead vefore half time with Yaya Toure scoring his fourth goal of the season. Villa won the game thanks to goals from Andreas Weimann, El Ahmadi and Bacuna. City look to have one look on the midweek clash with Bayern Munich. Villa on the other hand, without Benteke for the first time this season, lacked the bite up front with Libor Kozak. Bacuna was crucial with an assist for El Ahmadi’s goal and then striking an impressive free kick. Manuel Pelligrini was disappointed after the game and thought his side played well but were unlucky a little not to get more goals.
3) The London Derby
Chelsea held Spurs at White Hart Lane. Spurs played well and the in-form Gylfi Sigurdsson scored his third league goal. Jose Mourinho’s freezing out of Juan Mata continued as he was left on the bench. Chelsea were uninspired in the first half and Mourinho decided to throw Mata on in the second half.
The Spaniard responded by creating the goal for skipper John Terry to equalize for the Blues. Chelsea looked to have the upper hand in the game with Fernando Torres in good nick. However an unfortunate refereeing decision cost them the victory as Torres was incorrectly sent off for catching Jan Verthongen while going for an air ball. Once Torres was sent off, Spurs pounded on the door to get a winner but the Chelsea defence held on and earned the draw.
4) The Winners of the Week
Arsenal were the big winners of the week as they won their game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. This win showed Arsenal’s resolve as they won an away game at a tough place – a rarity over the recent past.
Arsenal have been in great form lately and have shown their fighting spirit. Aaron Ramsey represents perfectly what the new Arsenal are like – scoffed off by everyone for not living up to expectations in the past, Ramsey has come back to score eight goals this season.
Ramsey wasn’t the only bright spark, as Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil combined well in Arsenal’s quick counter-attacking system that saw them threaten the Welsh club. The youngster Serge Gnabry was also a impressive, with the 18-year-old placing a firm strike into the corner to open the scoring.
Gnarby also showed maturity and composure throughout, completing 91% of his passes while getting past Ben Davies quite a few times. Swansea’s lone striker game with Wilfried Bony didn’t work too well with the Arsenal defence standing firm. There were some concerns about missed chances for the Arsenal but they hung on to win the game, with Davies grabbing a consolation goal for the Swans.
5) Suarez returns
Luis Suarez returned to action as Liverpool returned with a win to the Premier League after losing against Southampton last week with a 3-1 victory against bottom club Sunderland. Daniel Sturridge exchanged neat play with Suarez to score a first half goal. Suarez scored a double and showed the Reds what they were missing and why Brendan Rodgers was so reluctant to let him leave over the summer.
Suarez was clinical and lively and terrorized the Sunderland team, which is already in a bad shape with manager Paolo di Canio fired recently. They are currently placed second in the table and the Anfield faithful are starting to believe that this might be the season when the Premier League trophy returns to the club.