It was yet another eventful weekend in the Premier League filled with twists and turns but it was undeniably Leicester and Jamie Vardy’s turn to steal the headlines the following weekend after an emphatic 4-2 victory over the struggling Manchester City which also saw Vardy’s first hat-trick for the club.
Are Everton sloping down the hill?
Another defeat. Another poor performance. And yet another wasted journey for the Everton fans. That sums up how poor Everton were when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of an in-form Watford side. Not even Romelu Lukaku’s two goals would spark joy for Ronald Koeman because he and the team realised how the performance (defensively wise) was not up to standards. Well on the other side of the pitch, there definitely was joy for the Watford supporters as Saturday’s victory saw their club push up to 7th in the table and condemned Everton to their 4th defeat in seven games.
Arsenal resilient as they come from behind to beat Stoke
Hassle and stress, as you may call it for Arsene Wenger this week. The fact that the club’s top two stars (Sanchez and Ozil) declined contracts this week will surely put the manager under the cloud and nervous. But Wenger seemed to have forgotten everything so soon as he witnessed a wonderful display yet again, this time against a threatened Stoke. However it was Arsenal who were threatened at first as Stoke shocked the Emirates Stadium with a one goal lead following Charlie Adam’s penalty. But Theo Walcott’s close-range finish before half-time struck the game into life with his 100th goal for the club. Early on in the second period, Mesut Ozil perfectly executed a diving header which lobbed goalkeeper Lee Grant to turn the match in Arsenal’s favour. After some threat of an equaliser, Alex Iwobi killed off Stoke’s hope as he pounced on to a loose ball before calmly guiding the ball into the net for his first Premier League goal of the season.
Where is Crystal Palace’s defence?
Well you’re right when you say that Crystal Palace have scored the 5th most goals in the Premier League however their defensive frailties have proved to cost them a lot this season, especially in their last two away matches against Swansea (lost 5-4) and Hull (drew 3-3). They seem to be enjoying scoring with the boost of Christian Benteke and the return of form for Wilfred Zaha but they switch off and then suddenly… they concede. Though they did have to score late on to salvage a point at Hull, Crystal Palace were leading at once 2-1 and they desperately had to hold on especially when there were only 20 or 25 minutes left of the match. BANG! Hull somehow found themselves two goals in six minutes to take a 3-2 lead. As the game drew towards a close, Crystal Palace had Fraizer Campbell to thank after he met Zaha’s cross.
Was this a one-off or is it a stepping stone for Leicester
It’s hard to tell whether Saturday’s masterclass against City was a one-off or perhaps a sign of rejuvenation for Claudio Ranieri’s side. But for what we know, it was of course a spectacular victory for Leicester and you could tell that they really needed that after that 5-0 drubbing at Porto and the shocking 2-1 loss at Sunderland. Leicester showed no mercy on their opponents from beginning to end as Jamie Vardy opened the scoring after just two minutes. Andy King sparked more celebrations when he delightfully let the ball fly high into the net three minutes later. Jamie Vardy collected a clever pass from Riyad Mahrez before rounding Bravo to make it three to Leicester. Man City fans shut their eyes even more tightly when Jamie Vardy put Leicester four up with his third of the day. There was no further joy for the away fans though Kolarov and Nolito pulled two goals back, but that was not enough to stop Leicester fans going crazy on their massive win.
Is it time that Man Utd have finally learnt how to hang on to their lead?
A first goal for the club is always a big moment but your first Premier League goal will always bring you happiness. That was the case for Man Utd’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (who had recently scored his first goal for the club in the Europa League) as the Armenian became the first from his country to score in the Premier League after he scored the winner in Sunday’s clash with Tottenham. There was also a round of applause for David de Gea, who produced two world-class saves from two very well executed Eriksen free-kicks. After failing to see out the game at Everton last weekend, most fans were off their seats- they had to support their team until the final whistle and when they eventually heard it… all you could see written in the scripts was relief and joy. It was official- Manchester United had finally been able to hold on to their lead! Many games, they came so close and they had given it away at the end but this time it was Man Utd’s time to celebrate.