Goal of the Weekend
There were quite a few stunning efforts around the Premier League. Danny Guthrie’s thunderbolt at Craven Cottage, Craig Gardner’s dipping volley on Wearside, Gareth Bale’s curler at the Etihad, a stunning pair of free kicks in Shepherd’s Bush, not forgetting Tommy Smith’s rocket either. However, it has to be Robbie Keane’s late effort for Aston Villa against his former club Wolves.
Many thought Keane to have been past his best judging by his move to the MLS. His two strikes for Villa at the weekend proved there’s still life in the 31-year-old yet. Keane’s 84th minute winner in particular was blinding. The Irishman controlled the ball neatly with his left before unleashing a strike with his right that ricocheted off the crossbar as it flew past Wayne Hennessey. His decision not to celebrate, not only paid respect to Wolves, but also was an understated manner of saying “I’m back.”
Player of the Weekend
Three shots, three goals. It was all rather simple for Clint Dempsey who became the first American to score a hat trick in the Premier League. His first was a poacher’s effort as he managed to net off his thigh. The second and third were rather similar strikes as he fired across the body of Tim Krul into the far left hand corner. It was a very clinical performance from Dempsey who in the process took his tally to nine for the season in the Premier League.
Miss of the Weekend
As the ball was squared inside to Robin van Persie by Tomas Rosicky, many were already cheering. From six yards, any object of worth, you name it, would have been put on the Dutchman scoring. However, RVP somehow conspired to flay the ball wide of Anders Lindegaard’s goal. How? We will never know…
Save of the Weekend
It seems most weeks that the goalkeeper who makes the save of the weekend is on the losing side. This week is no different as Ali Al-Habsi brilliantly kept out Heidar Helguson’s penalty, a novel experience for a man usually so cool from the spot. However, the Omani stopper pre-empted the Icelandic striker well as he lurched to his right to claw away the goal bound effort.
Quote of the Weekend
And finally the man who made perhaps the biggest tactical error of the weekend, also provided the best quote. Having been questioned over his decision to bring on Andrei Arshavin for the lively Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wenger said:
“I’ve been in this job for 30 years and made 50,000 substitutions and I have to justify ever time I make a decision? I don’t have to explain to you every decision I make.”
As the Telegraph’s Henry Winter said in his match report, it works out at roughly 30 subs a game. No wonder the French economy is in such a mess.
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