The Premier League’s “Give Me Five” Review

Five quick fire points on the weekend’s Premier League action

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

So where did we see these three traits this weekend? Well, the good – Steven Pienaar and Robin van Persie’s strikes. The bad – West Ham and Aston Villa’s poor performances. And the ugly? The woeful back passes by James Collins and Martin Skrtel. You can add Nemanja Vidic and David De Gea’s defensive mix up to that too…

2. The Success of the Lone Ranger

Strike partnerships used to be all the rage but this weekend demonstrated how dangerous the lone forward is in modern football. Robin van Persie, Fernando Torres, Nikica Jelavic and Danny Graham all scored for their respective sides in wins at the weekend. You could have picked out the four also for their overall performances aside from their goals as they all made good contributions to their teams results.

3. Warning: Danger Ahead

QPR and Southampton haven’t started well – and they may find it tough to accelerate in their next few games too. Rangers, one point from two games, travel to Manchester City next weekend. They follow that with a home game against Chelsea and a trip to Spurs. The Saints meanwhile have Manchester United at home next week before an away game at Arsenal after the international break. It’s very early to make predictions of doom but pressure will grow if both these teams are on a couple of points going into October…

4. Yet Another Famous Belgian!

The Premier League already had a fair amount of good Belgian players before the arrival of Eden Hazard this summer – Kompany, Vermaelen, Lukaku, Dembélé, Fellaini, Mignolet. However, Hazard looks like he could be the best of a talented bunch. The much hyped 21-year-old has six assists and a goal from three Premier League games. Some argue he’s yet to be tested but that’s very harsh on Hazard who has made a superb start in England.

5. And Finally…

Stoke v Arsenal. It wasn’t the most exciting game was it? However, there’s a bit of history between Arsène Wenger and Stoke. Last time he did some pretty expansive arm waving at the Britannia. So some of the Stoke fans decided to pay tribute to the man today…

Article originally written @ Gone With The Rhind