While the players traipse off to take part in meaningless friendlies and marginally less meaningless World Cup qualifiers, let us revel in a Premier League weekend packed to the brim with wanton thrashings, breathless derbies, Davids slaying their Goliath counterparts, and a Michael Carrick sighting

The league games this weekend were played to a backdrop of somber silence (or was it peals of laughter?) as Sam Allardyce lost his job after just one game in charge of the English national team. While these whirlpools of entrapment and idiocy provided entertainment off the pitch, on-pitch entertainment was not far behind.

Arsenal ended their run of poor form against Chelsea in spectacular fashion by putting them to the sword in a 3-0 win at the Emirates. Quick-fire goals from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott established their early dominance before Mesut Ozil practically wrapped up the points with a third goal before half time.