The best place to start this weekend’s evaluation,
At Stamford Bridge, where Arsenal shocked the nation,
Robin Van Persie continues to score,
John Terry meanwhile wages war,
Up in Manchester, people were vexed,
What on earth could Balotelli do next?
After last week’s shenanigans, sadly not a lot,
Despite taking their time, City won at a trot,
Referees make their mark at Norwich and West Brom,
The Linesmen looked so lost, could have done with a Tom Tom,
Bale rounded off Sunday by scoring two,
But now it’s time to get on with this review.
Game of the Weekend
The Chelsea v Arsenal game was undoubtedly entertaining. This doesn’t necessarily mean the match was full of high quality throughout. Much of the defending on show will be giving Alan Hansen nightmares for weeks. Stamford Bridge though was lit up by some moments of individual brilliance through Juan Mata and Theo Walcott in particular. Robin van Persie’s hat trick was also something to behold.
Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet at home in the league since last April. Villas Boas now faces a big test in trying to revive Chelsea after two consecutive defeats. After stringing three wins together Arsenal are approaching the area of the table they’ll be expecting to finish in come the end of the season.
Goal of the Weekend
Gareth Bale’s well worked second goal narrowly beats off competition from Walcott and Hoilett. It wasn’t just the finish that so impressive. The complex build up play prior to Bale’s finish completed a goal that would have received much greater coverage had it been scored by Barcelona.
Honourable Mentions: Theo Walcott, Junior Hoilett
Player of the Weekend
Robin van Persie continued his dazzling form with a hat trick at Chelsea on Saturday. The Dutch striker now has nine goals in his last five games and is unsurprisingly the leading goal scorer in the Premier League. The composure he displayed for his second goal when he rounded Petr Cech further emphasises the confidence flowing through him at the moment.
Honourable mention: Gareth Bale
Controversy of the Weekend
Take your pick. Lee Mason’s decision to award a spot kick for Luis Suarez’ tumble in the area along with Anthony Taylor’s judgement that Steven N’Zonzi had handled in the box left many perplexed. In all honesty though, West Brom offered little against their Merseyside counterparts and their defeat was vindicated. As for Blackburn, it will have been tough to stomach having lead 3-1 midway through the second half. However, they didn’t help themselves by dropping deeper and inviting pressure from the Canaries. Nevertheless, Steve Kean was understandably frustrated having seen a chance to briefly silence his detractors slip away.
Miss of the Weekend
If you’d switched off Match of the Day by 11.40pm in the incomprehensible excitement of getting an extra hour sleep, then you will have missed Gary Caldwell’s shambolic miss. The Wigan Captain managed to head the ball over the bar from about two yards when it appeared easier to score. What’s more, it would have given the Latics the lead at the time compounding the Scottish player’s misery.
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