Goal of the Weekend
Jonas Gutierrez isn’t always among the goals but he seems to have an eye for the spectacular. Having scored a mazy solo goal against Wolves in the reverse fixture, he scored his second wonder goal with a strike that tops his Molineux effort. The Argentinian neatly controlled Kevin Doyle’s clearance before rifling an effort past Wayne Hennessey from nearly 30 yards out. Although the goal was ultimately in vain as the visitors fought back valiantly, Gutierrez should be proud of his fantastic strike.
Performance of the Weekend
Firstly, plenty of credit must go to Wolves who, against all the odds, summoned up the courage to come from behind to claim a draw at Newcastle, becoming the only team to claim points after the Toon have gone ahead at home. However, Arsenal had to produce something special to eventually end up thrashing Spurs.
Prior to the weekend, Arsenal had not claimed any points in the Premier League when the opposition scored first at the Emirates. Their rivals hadn’t lost when scoring first this season which makes the Gunners comeback even more monumental. Arsene Wenger must ensure his players build on this performance against what will be a buoyant Liverpool next week.
Save of the Weekend
Fulham completed a derby double over West London rivals Queens Park Rangers. However, despite playing against ten men for nearly an hour on Saturday, Martin Jol will be thankful to Mark Schwarzer who made a fantastic second half save. Having been slipped in by Adel Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips was through on goal. However, a deft touch from the Australian stopper ensured QPR were denied although it went unnoticed by the linesman who awarded a goal kick.
Player of the Weekend
The Emirates may be adorned with a banner “We don’t need Batman, when we’ve got Robin.” Yet did they know they had a new superhero in their ranks – Bacman. Yes, Bacary Sagna helped to drag the Gunners back into the North London Derby by opening the scoring for Arsenal. His runs down the right hand side gave Spurs plenty of problems and he supplied Tomas Rosicky with the goal to take Arsene Wenger’s side in front.
This was only Sagna’s fourth league game back having originally broken his leg against Spurs in the first North London Derby of the season. If the Gunners are to make fourth place their own, they’ll need performances like this one from the French right back. Most importantly, Sagna will need to give some more solidity to what has been a leaky Arsenal defence.
Quote of the Weekend
Chris Kamara’s struggle to pronounce the name of Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak brought yet more comedy to Soccer Saturday. His auto correct on Twitter even lead to this tweet:
“Andy Johnson Goal ruled out for offside here at QPR but Pomegranate with the opener for Fulham with the next attack 0-1”
Fair play to Kamara, who probably won’t be the only person to trip up over the Russian forward’s name!
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