Seems like Saturday 11th in English football world had something to speak about after every match and not just after every match, in very quick and dramatic fashion. The stage was set by a visibly racist Suarez who refuses to shake the hands of Manchester’s Patrice Evra, who later celebrated the win with his fans in front of a visibly annoyed Suarez. On the other pick of the day, Arsenal survived a scare from Sunderland who were on the back foot for most of the game to rally a 2-1 win, with the second coming from the man himself, Thierry Henry, Adebayor sets up four, two for Saha, one for Assou, the other one for Niko and even gets on the score sheet himself. Chelsea really has nothing to smile about and AvB is once again on the spot.
Liverpool news is suddenly so boring, if not about a cat it’s about a racist player. Suarez sure set the stage for the animosity showed towards him by the Manchester faithful. Each player should at this moment come to realise that it’s about the club and not personal ambitions and greatness. Suarez was just in a foul mood throughout the game and even though he got a goal for himself it was too late as two Wayne Rooney goals were enough to see Manchester United at the top of the summit. With Manchester City still to play on Sunday much is left to be seen at the top of the table.
Chelsea has its own share of problems and only God knows how they are gonna solve them. They are a team that currently look out of shape, disinteresting and lacking ideas. Yesterday’s loss at Everton now leaves them 7 points behind Tottenham and 5th place behind Arsenal who climbed to fourth. Fernando Torres seems to have his mind away from the Premier League, maybe he just forgot how to score or the Russian money suffocates him. The defence were caught napping even as Piennar buried the ball beind Cech and for the second goal Donovan was excellent as his cross allowed striker Stracqualursi to smash home. From then Everton kept the ball well, Mata had to come off for Lukaku to get a chance but he too failed to impress. The Toffes celebrate their three points; the journey back to London for Chelsea is priceless and silent except for Torres and Mata at the back of the bus listening to some Spanish music on their Walkman staring into bleak heavens.
With only victory the difference between them and fourth place, Arsenal knew what it had to take to get it. From the onset they wanted the three points after seeing their London neighbours punished at Everton. Straight off, Van Persie tormented the Sunderland defence who were well lined up and composed. Unlucky Mertesecker seemed to have handled the ball and when the referee waived away the appeal, I felt Sunderland was robbed in broad day light. Walcott then blasted wide when he could have calmly placed the ball behind the keeper for an opener but it wasn’t to be as Sunderland were the first to get the goal as Mertesecker unfortunately fell as he wanted to give a back pass. Ramsey, the man who has been the villain in recent days, levelled scores up for Wenger’s boys before the King himself who came off the bench jumped high in the air to tap in an Arshavin cross for the winner. His last act of the EPL before he goes back to the states and sure Arsenal will miss this man. Wednesday night will see him back at the San Siro and should he deliver, why not think bringing him back for the third time???
‘HARRY DON’T GO’ were the words that greeted Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp in the wake of Fabio Capello’s resignation from the English Managers job early in the week. It was a triumphant week by all means for a man who had earlier this week cleared of charges of tax evasion by the UK courts. His side then managed to demolish visiting Newcastle 5 goals to nil. At only 35 minutes, Newcastle had shipped 4 goals and when Adebayor completed the rout to make it five, you knew it was all over for Newcastle and zero points were on the offing at North London. It was good to see Redknapp dramatic celebrations and the thought of him leaving Tottenham would be a wrench for the team he has struggled to build. But on the other hand, who needs him most? England or Tottenham? Think about it.