It was a high-scoring weekend in the Premier League, plenty of goals and plenty of action to talk about. Here are some of the top performers from this weekend’s action.
Everton 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester City 3-1 Wolverhampton
Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa
Norwich City 3-3 Blackburn
Wigan 0-2 Fulham
Swansea City 3-1 Bolton
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool
Tottenham 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City vs. Newcastle (to be played Monday)
Game of the Week: Chelsea vs. Arsenal. This game turned out to be a handbook of “How Not To Defend”, but with 8 goals there was plenty of excitement! Chelsea got off to a good start with a Frank Lampard goal, and went into halftime with a 2-1 lead. In a back-and-forth second half, Arsenal took the lead 3-2 before Juan Mata tied it for Chelsea. But the blues self-destructed in the last 5 minutes, and two Robin Van Persie goals clinched the game for Arsenal. There were quite a few instances of bad defending from both teams, but also some great goals, specifically Theo Walcott’s individual effort and Juan Mata’s long-range shot.
Goal of the Week: Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur. Bale’s second goal clinched the game for Tottenham. It was a great, curling finish after some neat passing with Rafael Van Der Vaart and Aaron Lennon.
Save of the Week: Simon Mignolet, Sunderland. Mignolet made an incredible kick-save in a one-on-one situation with Darren Bent, when it looked like a sure goal for the England forward.
Surprise of the Week: Movin’ on up–with Swansea winning and Norwich earning a tie (and even with QPR losing), none of three of the teams promoted to the Premier League this season is lower than 12th place. There is still a long way to go in the season, but could all three earn the right to stay in the league for another year?
Discussion Point: After Arsenal’s stunning win at Chelsea, are the Gunners back to their best? And with defensive cracks that showed this weekend, is Chelsea on the brink of a fall?