Matchweek 9 (for real this time) EPL Review

 

 

I heavily enjoyed this past weekend’s action in the English Premier League. What’s not to love about an emphatic Arsenal win and a footballing masterclass from Liverpool. TONIGHT, WE FEAST ON THE TEARS OF MANCHESTER UNITED FANS. Anywho, you know the drill. Below are my 4 standout results from Matchweek 9.

 

LIVERPOOL 5 – MANCHESTER UNITED 0

“Na na na na na Ole’s at the wheel, at the wheel! OLE’S AT THE WHEEL!” and repeat as needed. What more can I say? I think all Premier League fans enjoyed that match. Ok, maybe not United fans. I digress, that was a thumping win from Jurgen Klopp’s men. The big headline from this clash of giants was the man of the moment; Mohamed Salah and his hat trick. As if the stats I listed off last time out weren’t mind-boggling enough, the Egyptian has now netted 10 goals and assisted 5 notching 38 shots on goal.. all in 9 starts.

He’s got magic in both of his boots. It’s just a shame that the man who opened the scoring within 5 minutes, Naby Kieta (who was just finding his goals scoring form in the Champions League as well), went off injured with issues regarding his foot and knee that he just can’t seem to shake. It was a shame to see him stretchered off following a nasty studs-up tackle from Paul Pogba. For that, Pogba was shown a red card after only being on the pitch for about 15 minutes.

Man United had some real issues in defense and whether you put that down to the absence of Raphael Varane or the serious lack of communication between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, something wasn’t quite clicking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s home side (still can’t believe he hasn’t gotten sacked). Manchester United drops to 7th place while Liverpool finds themselves in 2nd, a point off the top after Matchweek 9.

ARSENAL 3 – ASTON VILLA 1

You know earlier how I said we were feasting on the tears of Man United fans? Well, I had a 4-course meal solely off the tears of Villa and former Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez. That was the most open and exciting football I’ve seen Arsenal play this season. Intense pressing and an overwhelming sense of urgency were most definitely felt by me, but the home fans at the Emirates played a huge part as well. I felt like I was there in the stadium, only I wasn’t. I was sitting on my ass in the living room. But in all seriousness, Mikel Arteta’s side was carried by the Gabriel and Ben White center-back partnership. Those two need to stay healthy, we can’t afford to be without them.

Where are the fans who said Aubameyang was finished (me)? With the skippers’ pk rebound goal, that takes his tally to 4 goals and 1 assist in 7 starts in the league this season. Before that, we Gooners were finally blessed with the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Our central midfielder Thomas Partey finally headed home his first goal in Arsenal colors. And a header? From a corner? Was NOT expecting that.

The Gunners got their 3rd goal by way of a fine run and solo effort from the in-form youngster Emile Smith Rowe. He saw his shot destined for the bottom right take a wicked deflection that left Emi Martinez rooted to the spot between the post. Before we could get comfortable, Villa academy prospect Jacob Ramsey came off the bench and grabbed an 82′ minute goal that curled past Aaron Ramsdale into the top right from outside the box. Arsenal sits in 10th position while Dean Smith’s Villa drops down to the 13th spot.

WATFORD 5 – EVERTON 2

Uh, what? Watford and the away fans found themselves in dreamland after Joshua King stole the show with his hat trick against his former club. The game was super exciting from kick-off to the final whistle. Tom Davies put the Toffees on top within 3 minutes when he finished off a fine run from starboy Demarai Gray, tapping the ball in for his first goal of the season. The two sides went on to exchange blows, with goals from Joshua King and the returning Richarlison. From there, well the 78′ minute to be exact, Watford went on to exploit Everton’s defense through a 4 goal rampage with Juraj Kucka leading the comeback.

It was written in the script that King would grab his hat trick, and he did so in style. Manager Claudio Ranieri would’ve been happy with the 4-2 result, but striker Emmanuel Denis had the final word. He put the 5th one past England international Jordan Pickford capping off a howler of a performance from the keeper. A stellar night at Goodison Park for the Hornets, who’s 5 goals shoot them into the 14th spot. While this result wasn’t pretty or acceptable by any means, Everton still sits pretty in 8th place. This was definitely the weirdest scoreline of the weekend for me in Matchweek 9.

CHELSEA 7 – NORWICH 0

I honestly dislike writing about Chelsea so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Only cause there’s nothing to say about Norwich except for the fact that I just feel bad for the Canaries at this point. The headline from this match was no doubt the emphatic return of Mason Mount to the starting 11. He netted a hat trick that surely put a smile on the face of Blues fans around the world. Other than that, we got a rare goal from the promising talent that is Callum Hudson-Odoi. The winger calmly passed the ball into the bottom right corner past Norwich keeper Tim Krul.

Reece James found the back of the net with this chip over the keeper after he made a fine run down the right-hand side of the 6-yard box. Ben Chilwell got in on the act, as he scored his 3rd goal in 3 straight games in the Premier League, with one in midweek during their Champions League match vs Malmo. The English left-back is on fire at the moment.

The game wasn’t complete without a Norwich own goal. Just a shame it came from the young right-back Max Aarons, who’s been such a bright light in this Norwich team for the past 3 years. And then Ben Gibson was shown a red card not long after. Not a good day at the office for Daniel Farke and his surely relegated side. This insane win from Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side keeps the club in 1st place, while Norwich is dead last after Matchweek 9.

 

OTHER NOTABLE SCORELINES FROM LAST WEEKEND……

Manchester City put 4 past Brighton in a 4-1 win. 2 goals from Riyad Mahrez and help from Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden were enough to beat Graham Potter’s side at the Amex.

-Michail Antonio’s effort proved to be the winner for West Ham over Spurs in an exciting 1 nil match at the London Stadium. Nuno Espirito Santo has got to get a tune out of these players or else I fear the worst for him.

Leicester City took the 3 points over Brentford by way of a James Maddison winner, despite trailing in possession by 8%.

Palace vs Newcastle ended in a 1 all draw, as well as the Leeds vs Wolves match. Burnley and Southampton also drew 2 goals apiece.

 

MATCHWEEK 9 BROUGHT THE GOALS, MORE OF THE SAME IN MATCHWEEK 10 PLEASE…

If last weekend was any indication of the sheer goalscoring ability of the players in this league, then I’m sure next week will be more of the same. Check back in next week for my thoughts and analysis. Until then!

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