Premier League: Everton Humiliate United & Arsenal Bow Down To Crystal Palace
A series of unexpected results, this weekend has been an event fuelled extravaganza for the Premier League.
On Sunday, two elite teams of Premier league were handed humiliating defeats. Goodison Park was rapturous as Everton thrashed Manchester United 4-0. At the Emirates stadium, Crystal Palace fought for 3-2 victory against a sloppy Arsenal. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Manchester City avenged their recent loss by winning through a solitary goal against the Spurs.
Pep Guardiola Restores Honour
A sole strike from Manchester City, Phil Foden saved Manchester City, at the fifth minute, from losing a third consecutive game against the Spurs. This was Foden’s debut goal for The Citizens. Pep’s honour was on the line, but Spurs could not augment their talent to score an equalizer. Fatigued from Champions league games, it was evident in the second half, as both sides were struggling to play to their full potential
Spurs had their chances, with strikes coming from Son, Moura and Eriksen, but they couldn’t get past City’s goalkeeper, Ederson. The loss at Etihad means that Spurs have lost five consecutive Premier league away games for the first time since May 2004
ManUtd - The Honeymoon Period Is Really Over
As former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said,” The honeymoon period is over”, it is clear that this sentiment rings true for Manchester United. This was United’s fifth consecutive away defeat in all competitions; their worst since 1981. Ole’s men looked clueless, as Everton tore through their defences. An acrobatic kick from Richarlison opened the scoring for The Toffees and goals from Sigurdsson, Digne and Walcott followed suit.
United were trailing 2-0 at halftime. Their comeback was expected during the second period, but things went from bad to worse. United could manage only a single shot on target during the whole game. Their performance was pathetic as it ended up being their biggest defeat of this Premier league season.
“I’m furious to be honest with you. The fact that (Ole Solskjaer) has had to go over and apologise for them. I’ve often said about clubs in the last seven years, if you’ve got weeds in the garden then you’ve got to get rid of them. But there is some Japanese knotweed at that football club and it is attacking the foundations of the club and needs dealing with properly.” [Source: Sky Sports]
-Gary Neville, former United player on ManUtd’s performance against Everton
Arsenal's Defence Lets Them Down Again
Unai Emery missed the chance of overtaking the Spurs, against Crystal Palace. Instead, they were submissive and paid the price with the scoreline ending at 3-2. Benteke’s header gave Palace the lead, going into the second half. There was an immediate response from Arsenal through Ozil in the opening minutes of the second half. But goals from Zaha and McArthur, within a period of 10 minutes, post the hour mark, signalled a victory for the away side. Aubmeyang’s dribbling brilliance earned them a goal late in the period, but it was a little too late.
At Cardiff City Stadium, Liverpool secured a comfortable 2-0 win over the home side, holding their place at the top of the table. Cardiff contained most of the Liverpool players, disallowing any space in the first half. Wijnaldum provided the breakthrough for The Reds, early in the second half. Salah scored the second goal from the spot, amidst a controversial penalty decision from referee Markin Atkinson.