Zaha and Pepe sends Young and Robertson for a hotdog, David Luiz returns to default setting, Pukki means business, and the EPL refereeing way is…, and its same old Arsenal – all in Scorecard.
30 goals scored, 32 yellow cards, 1 red card and a plethora of VAR drama on match day 3; certainly the Chief Editor has his hands full on what he thinks about the outgone weekend in the premier league. Here we go!
EPL dependence on its style will win ruin VAR
With 30 games gone by, 80 goals scored, an average of 20 secs per check, and 6 overturned decisions; VAR is still in its cradle but seem to be unpopular with a majority.
A handful of penalty decisions flew by on match day 3 and VAR turned a blind eye, under the guise of not interfering with play because it isn’t a clear and obvious error by the center referee.
When is it a “clear and obvious error” Mr. Mike Riley?
David Silva had his foot trodden on by Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma inside the area, with the Manchester City midfielder going to the floor. The incident went to VAR, but nothing was given, and interpretation was VAR can’t overturn the decision because center referee believes it wasn’t a penalty. Why can’t VAR think otherwise and outdo the bogus “clear and obvious error” assertion? No, it can’t because the premier league wants to use VAR their own way.
Drop the pride Mr. Mike Riley, don’t ruin the game, rather let “Eagle-Eyed” VAR rule.
Liverpool and Manchester City will run the show for a while
Liverpool and Manchester City performances since last season simply takes your breath away.
Unforgiving, lethal, precise, and simply mesmerizing; these two are the best teams in the land by a mile, and will run the show in the league for many more years to come.
It’s still early days, but with unconvincing displays from the chasing park, a two-horse race seems to be on the horizon.
David Luiz infected with “Arsenal Soft-Belly Virus” (ASBV)
David Luiz seems to have returned to default setting with his display against Liverpool at Anfield.
Extremely fantastic defender, once most expensive amongst his peers, has an eye for a pass and chips in his quota of goals, and more often than not his bad boy reputation precedes him. Above all he is a leader and as hard as nail.
Watching Luiz play at Anfield was like watching Senderos defend against Drogba. First was his mindless pull of Salah’s shirt in the box; and second was allowing Salah ghost past him for his second of the game, a reminiscence of last season when Spurs’ Son Hueng Min dashed past him in a flash.
What could be wrong with David Luiz, an aggressive, no-nonsense, brutish defender looking passive and uninterested like your everyday Arsenal defender, maybe he has been infected with the “Arsenal Soft-Belly Virus”!
Nicolas Pepe got the job done
Nutmegs are special, but only a few players could be touted as kings of nutmegs.
Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe is yet to find his feet at the Emirates, but he is fast becoming a fan favourite with his mesmerizing dribbling skills. On match day 2 he left Burnley’s Ben Mee for death with a deft touch, but little did we know he will become the first player to successfully dribble pass Virgil van Dijk in a premier league game after the defender had gone 50 games without being beaten, dating back to when Mikel Merino of Newcastle dribbled past him in March 2018. A kind of stats Gunners fans will take with pride despite the loss.
United lack creativity
Four wins in his last 15 games, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record can only lead one way – the exit door.
One win, one draw, one loss in their opening three games; the Red Devils are experiencing a diminishing return in the league.
Although many say stats are overrated, but in reality they do tell a story. Manchester United have dominated their last two fixtures, raking in possession of up to 70% on an average scale.
United mustered only 3 shots on target against Palace with a 71% possession at Old Trafford, and 2 shots on target with a 65% possession at the Molineux; an indication that United lack creativity.
However, with Juan Mata not starting for United, who could weave and conjure the magic from midfield next weekend?
Just like the saying goes, possession without penetration in football is useless.
Chelsea just like every other team
Frank Lampard got his first victory in the premier league against Norwich City, which was good enough to ease the nerves at Chelsea. But, Hey! It was just Norwich and they struggled.
To be fair to Lampard life will be more difficult against quality oppositions.
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