Goal of the Weekend
It was appropriate on the weekend Arsenal celebrated their 125th anniversary, Robin van Persie scored such a special goal. Alex Song chipped the ball towards the Dutch forward who let the ball fly across his body before volleying accurately into the corner. The technique displayed by van Persie was effortless and his goal saw the Gunners move into the top four for the first time this season. As long as he keeps fit, it might not be the last time either.
Team of the Weekend
Manchester United may have suffered a crushing defeat to Basle on Wednesday night but they did what sides of Alex Ferguson tend to do which is bounce back in a strong manner. Wolves may not be the strongest outfit in the Premier League but United turned in a convincing performance nevertheless. What’s more, it was crucial Wayne Rooney was back on the score sheet having gone without a goal in the Premier League since the 18th September.
Player of the Weekend
Whilst there has been plenty of attacking flair this season, you have to appreciate the players who prevent it from time to time. Michel Vorm certainly comes under this category. Swansea City supporters will testify what a terrific signing he’s been for them in their inaugural Premier League season.
On Saturday, he made a string of terrific saves against Fulham which culminated in his second penalty save of the season as Vorm denied Clint Dempsey from the spot. He built a reputation in Holland on his ability at denying players from 12 yards and the man known as “the Penalty Killer” has a growing reputation as a top stopper in England.
Miss/Save of the Weekend
This one depends on your point of view but the outcome seemed certain when the ball fell to Kieran Richardson a matter of yards away from goal. Not many would have counted on Paul Robinson though pulling off a spectacular stop. In the context of the game, it didn’t end up mattering as Robinson could do nothing about Sunderland’s two spectacular strikes gave him no chance. Nevertheless, was it a terrible miss or a great save? Hmm…