Another week of the ever unpredictable Premier League rolls on and, as the transfer window reaches its apex; it seems that a lot of clubs are still in dire need of a few more prime imports…
What a weekend. Tottenham’s Wembley hoodoo is still in full swing as the North London titans were held by an immovable Burnley. Champions Chelsea picked up the pace against a haphazard Everton. The usual drab piss-poor performances between the snore clubs (*cough* – West Brom) were played out in typical fashion whilst Arsenal’s woes continued after an Anfield thumping.
Game of the Weekend: Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0.
Despite their slow start to the season, featuring Moreno’s classic standing and watching act, Liverpool have settled into the same, free-flowing, football that brought them top four success last year. Whilst Arsenal were woeful (more of that later) the Merseysider’s were brutal, closing the gunners down, forcing mistakes and hitting them on the break with pace and power. Mo Salah seems to have taken to the BPL like a duck to water and he added a third goal in three games before setting up Sturridge for a final flutter. It was a Liverpool team that fitted the Klopp mould and may, for a time, shine the light away from their defensive issues. On the other hand, it has also raised the question of Coutinho. Is he even needed at Anfield? Should the Red’s take the money and move on? Either way, this result has certainly raised as many issues as it’s resolved.
Losers of the Weekend: Arsenal.
Ouch. 4-0 away. Sanchez hiding behind his shirt, Ozil still trying to understand the meaning of tracking back and the star striker benched. Did last season ever even end at The Emirates? Sunday was as much a horror show for Arsenal as it was a field trip for Liverpool. Wenger’s defence looking flat footed and sloppy, crumbling under the slightest hint of pressure. More than once Xhaka hit a wayward pass straight out whilst Holding stood and watched as Firmino cruised past him to nod in the opening goal. The Gunners looked absolutely hopeless and with both Mustafi and Sanchez seemingly on the way, things could get worse. On the upside, Arsenal Fan TV will be a good one this week, fam.
Controversial Calamity: Raheem Sterling sees red.
City came close to embarrassment as they were held by south-coast side Bournemouth for 96 minutes on Saturday. The inconsistent Sterling spared them their blushes, his deflected 97th minute shot looping over Begovic and inciting riotous City celebrations. Unfortunately for Raheem he was sent off a minute later for celebrating alongside his fans. His enthusiasm caused a mini-pitch invasion which consisted of one spotty teenager and a fat Manc with a baseball cap. Horrifying scenes. Sterling’s marching orders have raised many questions over referee’s understanding of the game and whether they are quick to misjudge the emotions of players. Well, we all know that Michael Oliver does at least.
Minnows of the Week: Burnley FC.
Oi oi. No, writer bias did not affect this decision. The Lancashire team took the long road down to Wembley where Tottenham’s poor form at the national stadium continued. Many were quick to remark that Tottenham had dropped the points but in truth, Burnley had put in another gritty performance. Record signing, Chris Wood, latched onto a beautiful Brady cross, leveling the game in injury time With the worst home record in the league last seen, Dyche’s men have already taken four out of six points on the road this season. It’s still early days but it’s a platform that they will surely build upon during this year’s survival challenge.