The 2 week-long international break is over signaling the continuation of English Premier League football. And boy was matchweek 4 entertaining. Ronaldo bags a debut double and Arsenal gets their first goal and win! Here are my 4 standout results from this week’s action.
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 – NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
The Red Devils secured all 3 points Saturday in what was an emphatic victory in a very emotional environment. Cristiano Ronaldo made his home debut for the 2nd time in his MUFC career. You couldn’t have scripted it any better. The Portuguese legend scored twice, with other goals coming from Jesse Lingard and main man Bruno Fernandes. Who by the way hit an absolute belter of a ball that nestled in the top corner. Let’s not forget that they still have freaking Bruno on top of Ronaldo. The atmosphere inside Old Trafford was electric. You could definitely feel that this team will only get better as they take shape and win week in and week out.
Honestly, I may switch them with Man City as my favorites to win the League. You just feel it’ll be difficult to slow down the speeding train that is Manchester United. With that being said it’s still only September. Man U manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s just gotta hope and pray that the squad stays healthy through the latter stages of the season.
ARSENAL 1 – NORWICH CITY 0
Arsenal Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally scored his and the club’s first goal of the season. It was enough for the victory and the 3 points. The Gooners in attendance were singing in full force trying to push the team on the whole game. In the end, we got super lucky because let’s just get one thing straight: Arsenal’s attack was dreadful. There were passages of play that I thought were slow in the build-up. It was mostly a play-the-diagonal-ball-to-Nicolas-Pepe-and-pray-for-the-best kind of day.
To Norwich‘s credit, they did play pretty decent and sometimes way better than us. But I’m not complaining because Auba gets off the mark for the season and with solid performances again from Martin Odegaard and Sambi Lokonga. Even though it was vs Norwich, it’s a good start.
CRYSTAL PALACE 3 – SPURS 0
You win your first 3 games only scoring a singular goal in each of those. However, then you get slapped 3 nil by a team whose manager is a former Arsenal captain and legend. What a Spursy thing to do really. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men couldn’t get anything going at Selhurst Park Stadium.
The nail in the coffin was a Japhet Tanganga 58′ minute red card. From that point, Spurs were picked apart by Palace with 2 goals coming from debutant Odsonne Edouard (top goal scorer in the Scottish Premier League the past 2 seasons with Celtic). Veteran Eagle Wilfried Zaha got his name on the scoresheet as well, converting a penalty kick from the spot. It’s still early in the season but currently sitting in 7th place, Spurs fans can move ahead to next week’s match vs Chelsea with only one mindset: “We’re fucked”.
CHELSEA 3 – ASTON VILLA 0
I think most Chelsea fans would agree that Romelu Lukaku was exactly what you guys were missing in this current squad. A proven goalscorer. It’s a plus that he has a genuine love for the club. He opened the scoring in the 15′ minute. From there Villa collapsed, gifting a goal to Matteo Kovacic before Lukaku sealed the victory with a blistering shot that flew off his foot and into the top left.
Honestly, if the league continues like this, we may be in for the craziest battle for the title in recent history. This team does not look like scoring goals is their issue anymore. As for Villa, life after Jack Grealish wasn’t always gonna be easy. They gotta really dig deep if they want anything big again this season. Unfortunately for them, they set the bar kinda high with their performances last season. Will Lukaku get the Golden Boot come the season’s end? I think yes.
OTHER NOTABLE SCORELINES FROM THIS WEEKEND…
–Liverpool thrashed Leeds 3 nil with Salah, Fabinho, and Mane all grabbing a goal. Youngster Harvey Elliott was rushed off the field after he endured a harsh tackle that ultimately resulted in a gruesome ankle break. Prayers for the kid.
–Everton cruised to a 3-1 win over Burnley. Captain Ben Mee got a rare goal and from that point on Everton turned the game on its head scoring 3 unanswered goals from Demarai Gray, Michael Keane. One of the goals of the season from Andros Townsend who we know can and has hit them from 30+ yards out before.
–Manchester City defeated Leicester City 1 nil in a pretty uneventful game. Bernardo Silva saw himself get on the scoresheet.
–Wolves and Brighton both keep clean sheets in their wins over Watford and Brentford respectively, while Southampton and West Ham drew nil-nil.
MATCHWEEK 4 WAS WILD, BUT I’M EVEN MORE EXCITED FOR NEXT WEEKS FIXTURES…
Honestly what a time to be a fan of English Premier League football. We get to watch Ronaldo play week in and week out, and just pray to God that he doesn’t embarrass your team next! But with the amount of quality football we’ve been seeing and the goals that come from it, we could be in for a crazy season. Thanks, and until next week……