As Liverpool and Arsenal managed to pull off the most unlikely 0-0 draw in some time last night, it brought to an end an exciting weekend of English football which saw Chelsea get back on track (somewhat), United stutter at home, City show their class and Leicester maintain their perfect start to the campaign.
The game of the weekend saw new boys Bournemouth travel to West Ham after two unlucky defeats. Many questioned whether Eddie Howe’s boys were up to the challenge of the top flight, and they answered that question with 4 goals away against a very good Hammers outfit. The only way is up after they beat West Ham stunningly by 4 goals to 3.
Problems persist at Old Trafford as they couldn’t find a breakthrough against a determined Newcastle side. Rooney once again grabbing all the headlines by failing to once again find the net. The pressure is on Louis Van Gaal to rally his troops before the fixtures start coming thick and fast.
Sunderland got their first point of the campaign after coming from behind to draw with Swansea 1-1 at the Stadium of Light, Jermain Defoe snatching his first of the campaign. There were 2 other 1-1 results, Norwich and Stoke played out a drab draw while Leicester responded immediately after going behind to Spurs at home, by scoring within a minute of conceding. The Foxes are still the form side in the league (not counting Manchester City, obviously). There was enough time to see Palace grab a vital win at home against Aston Villa, Pardew’s boys looking really up for it this season. Selhurst Park looking the fortress it once was.
Manchester City produced a professional display to dispose of Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park. The hosts had the ball in the net in the first half, only to be flagged offside. Before Lukaku smashed a free kick off the crossbar. City held their nerve however, Kolarov sneaking one in at the near post before Nasri scored a delightful chip at the end to hand Manuel Pellegrini his 9th point from 9 available.
Watford picked up a valuable point at home against a misfiring Southampton side, before Chelsea got their first 3 points of the season away to West Brom. New signing Pedro making an instant impact by scoring one and creating another. James Morrison kept the home side in it, especially after Chelsea Captain Terry was sent off, but he could not deny a very relieved looking Mourinho his first win of the season. The Champions are back.
Lastly, Liverpool and Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw on Monday night in London. Arsenal have ‘keeper Petr Cech to thank after he pulled off two world class saves in the first half to deny Coutinho and then Benteke at point blank range. Arsenal came out much stronger and more determined after the break, but they couldn’t find a way through, much to Wenger’s frustration.
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