Matchweek 2 lived up to the hype…
Matchweek 2 of the English Premier League has drawn to a close. Lukaku got his first start and his first goal, West Ham’s statement victory, and Jack Grealish’s 100 million pounds first goal made this weekend special… but not for us Arsenal fans. Here are my takes on what I thought were 4 standout results.
MAN CITY 5 – NORWICH 0
The only real takeaway from this game is that City is still ruthless in front of goal, and they have options as well. Pep Guardiola likes to change up his starting 11, giving playing time to those who’d normally sit on the bench for let’s say a Champions League match. That’s why we saw the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling sit out while Ferran Torres and Bernardo Silva got to play, and the benched duo both had cameos at the end and even scored. It just shows what this team is capable of doing this Premier League season and we have yet to mention Jack Grealish. Sure, he may have not even realized he scored, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is Pep has trusted in you to play in that deep-lying playmaker role and Jack’s got the freedom and technical ability to play accordingly.
Even though it was against a Norwich side that’s going immediately back from the Premier League to the Championship, it doesn’t matter. The opposition should definitely be scared going forward.
CHELSEA 2 – ARSENAL 0
What Chelsea had been lacking in the number 9 position has been immediately improved on with Lukaku. What did we expect? I’d been saying for days that Romelu Lukaku would bag AT LEAST one goal this game, and that’s exactly what he did in Chelsea’s win over Arsenal. Thomas Tuchel and his men once again show us why they’re the Champions of Europe. It could’ve easily been a 3-4 goal game and that’s no compliment to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. Weak defending from Pablo Mari and a serious lack of anything imaginable made this a nauseating watch as an Arsenal fan. The pressure is mounting on Arteta’s shoulders, and I think sooner or later it’ll be too much for him to handle. This job is too much to handle. We need serious change and it needs to happen now or we can and will go down.
WEST HAM 4 – LEICESTER CITY 1
WHAT A GAME. First, let’s start with that red card from Ayoze Perez. Sure, I thought it was a bit harsh at first glance, but he does step on Pablo Fornal’s ankle studs up. In the end, it was justified. But from there West Ham just oozed with confidence. They played that one-touch style of football that fans of any team so desperately want to see their team play. The biggest storyline from the match in London was striker Michail Antonio surpassing the great Paolo Di Canio as club leading goalscorer registering 49 for West Ham. The game was over from the 70th odd minute or so. Antonio went on to score 2 goals before the final whistle. The Hammers are at the top of the Premier League and David Moyes and his men can be proud of that going into Matchweek 3.
SPURS 1 – WOLVES 0
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo edged a 1 nil victory over his former club Wolves. It was a gritty and open match that saw Dele Alli of all people score from the spot. Adama Traore (who’s being linked with a move to Spurs at the time of writing) looked like he could’ve bagged at least 2-3 goals this game. Traore was the Wolves’ main man for 90 minutes. He was running into defenders and creating chances. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough for them in front of their home crowd at the Molineux.
Harry Kane was featured on the bench for Spurs. Kane came in for Son towards the end of the match. He had one shot on target that almost went in. Spurs fans can sleep easy knowing they’ve taken 6 points out of the available 6 these first two games. They are sat nicely towards the top of the Premier League table.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS FROM MATCHWEEK 2
-Man United draw with Southampton 1-1 in what was a dull performance from the Manchester giants. Bruno Fernandes was quiet the whole game but Pogba and Greenwood connected again to rescue a point for the Red Devils. Oh, and Fred scored an own goal. Lol.
-Leeds and Everton matchweek 2 meeting was a 2-2 thriller. Raphina bagged his 3rd goal in his last 3 games vs Everton. The Brazilian’s curling effort past the English international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was enough to salvage a point for Leeds.
-Liverpool finish Burnley with ease in a 2-0 victory. Goalkeeper Allison Becker has yet to concede a goal in the first 2 games this Premier League season. Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane see themselves get on the scoresheet.
Brighton and Aston Villa record 2-0 victories each while Crystal Palace and Brentford ended in a boring 0-0 draw.
With Matchweek 2 Over it is Time For Matchweek 3
Matchweek 2 saw teams start to get into the swing of things for their first season back to some degree of normalcy. If Matchweek 3 can equal the intensity, I think we’re in for another world-class weekend of English Premier League football. Until next time…