Woeful Wenger

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A look back at the last round of games from the  Premier League.

West Brom vs Arsenal 

Well this one was an absolute shocker to say the least. I predicted a narrow win for The Gunners and I couldn’t have been more wrong. West Brom ran away with a 3-1 win thanks to some disgraceful play by Arsenal. Craig Dawson scored a brace to cause a major upset. His first came in the 12th minute, thanks to some terrible marking from a corner kick after Dawson was given enough time and space to make a run and connect with the cross to make it 1-0. The lead didn’t last long however, as Alexis Sanchez scored to make it 1-1. In the 15th minute, Sanchez capitalised on some poor marking from Nacer Chadli as he runs in and gets on the end of Granit Xhaka’s pass to blast the ball home. West Brom took the lead once again in 55th minute. Robson-Kanu made it 2-1, however after careful deliberation with the assistant, the goal is given and The Baggies lead. Dawson struck again in the 75th minute to make it 3-1. Once again, he was given a free run in the box from a corner and headed past Ospina to seal the win. A loss here for Arsenal has seen them drop down to 6th and will surely pile more pressure on Arsene Wenger.

Crystal Palace vs Watford

Palace continued their winning streak as they extended it to 3 games with a 1-0 win over Walter Mazzari’s Watford. There was chances for both sides in this one however, no one really made them count. Until, in the 68th minute an unfortunate Troy Deeney headed Yohane Cabaye’s free kick into his own net to give Palace a 1-0 win. Another win for Sam Allerdyce’s men sees them continue a steady ascent from the relegation zone as they are now 4 points off the bottom 3.

Everton vs Hull City

Everton heaped more misery on to Hull, as they brushed them aside with a 4-0 win. The Toffees‘ first goal came at the hands of youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 9th minute to make it 1-0. Barkley created the goal as he found Sam Davies who played it to Calvert-Lewin to finish the move. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Tom Huddlestone was sent off in the 73rd minute. Everton made the extra man count almost immediately as Enner Valencia made it 2-0 as he scored for the home side in the 78th minute. Koeman’s men extended the lead as the big Belgian, Romelu Lukaku scores a clinical finish in the first minute of stoppage time. The Toffees‘ killed the game off and secured the points when once again, Lukaku got onto a poor back pass and took he ball round the goalkeeper before slotting home his second of the evening to end the game 4-0. Everton’s win keeps them within touching distance of a top six finish. Silva’s men remain stuck in the relegation zone following this heavy defeat.

Stoke City vs Chelsea 

An absolutely brilliant encounter at the Bet365 Stadium had everything in it including a red card. Chelsea opened the scoring to continue their sensational form to secure a 2-1 win. Antonio Conte’s men struck first when Willian scored a brilliant free kick as he curled it over the wall into the near post, making it 1-0 in the 13th minute. Stoke were denied an equaliser in the 34th minute when a Martins Indi header was ruled out as Berahino was judged to have pushed Cesar Azpilicueta in the build up to the goal. Stoke didn’t let this stop them however as they come forward again just moments later and win a penalty for Cahill’s push on Jonathan Walters. Walters stepped confidently and buried the penalty in the back of the net to make 1-1 in the 38th minute. A first half full of controversy and incidents comes to a close with Bardsley receiving a yellow card for kicking Diego Costa in the 41st minute. The two sides went into the break level. Both teams go back and forth in a brilliant half of football, there was plenty of chances for either side to take the lead. Chelsea finally went ahead late on in the 87th minute as Cahill pounces on a poor defensive clearance to fire the ball home and give his side a 2-1 lead, a real Captain’s goal from the stand in Captain in the absence of John Terry. The game wasn’t over there. Phil Bardsley received a second yellow card and was subsequently sent off in added time for a late challenge on Cesc Fabregas. The win here sees Chelsea regain their 10 point lead at the top of the table whilst Stoke remain in the top half of the table, but Southampton have games in hand and could leapfrog them.

Sunderland vs Burnley

Burnley’s poor away record continued in this one as they drew 0-0 with bottom of the table Sunderland. A game I fully expected them to win and finally for the first time this season, claim 3 points away from home. However, it wasn’t to be for Sean Dyche’s side. David Moyes’ Sunderland side remain in 20th position after failing to score for the fourth consecutive game. Neither side could find a goal as Sam Vokes failed to score for Burnley, also the likes of Adnaan Januzaj and Fabio Borini both failing to score. Sunderland remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the Premier League. Burnley are currently 13th in the Premier League but if they don’t start getting some wins they may find themselves getting dragged into the relegation battle.

West Ham vs Leicester City

The Foxes sought to continue their impressive run of form against West Ham. Craig Shakespeare’s men came out firing at the London Stadium as they scored twice in the first 10 minutes. The Champions opened the scoring in the 5th minute through Riyadh MahrezMahrez beautifully struck shot from about 30 yards out found the bottom corner to make it 1-0. Just moments later, Defender Robert Huth added to the scoreline in the 7th minute. A well worked free kick routine allowed Marc Albrighton to pick up the ball completely unmarked, he was allowed the time and space on the ball to use his first touch to chip the ball forward into the box, Huth headed home for 2-0. The Hammers hit back in the 20th minute through a stunning Lanzini free kick to make it 2-1. Leicester struck again in 38th minute. Vardy restored the Foxes‘ two goal cushion after some scrappy play in the West Ham box, to make it 3-1. The hosts went into the break 3-1 down but didn’t let this phase them as they still fought to pull the game back. In 68th minute, Andre Ayew headed home the corner to make it 3-2. Leicester held on to take the points, extending Craig Shakespeare’s impressive run in charge of The Foxes. The win for Leicester moves them on to 30 points for the season. This result puts them 3 clear of the relegation zone as they seek to win the battle of survival in the Premier League. 

Bournemouth vs Swansea

Bournemouth welcome Swansea to the Vitality Stadium for this one. Paul Clement’s side are still battling to make sure they avoid relegation but Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth should be safe as they look to close the gap on the mid table teams. The Swans got off to a terrible start when defender Alfie Mawson scored an own goal in the 31st minute to give Bournemouth a 1-0 lead. Bournemouth doubled their lead late on in the 72nd minute. Benik Afobe scored to seal a 2-0 win for Bournemouth. The win takes Bouremouth upto 11th, meanwhile the loss for Swansea pulls them closer to the relegation zone.

Middlesborough vs Manchester United

Following the sacking of his friend Aitor Karanka, Jose Mourinho took his United side to the Riverside Stadium with thoughts of revenge for his friend. Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring when he headed home making it 1-0 in the 30th minute. United doubled their lead in the 62nd minute after a brilliant counter attack led to a wonderfully struck shot by Jesse Lingard that made it 2-0. January signing Rudy Gestede managed to pull one back for Middlesborough after he made it 2-1 in the 77th minute. Late in added time, Antonio Valencia chased a poor back pass and capitalised on an unfortunate slip from Victor Valdes as he took the ball and ran it into an open net to hand the Red Devils a 3-1 win. This result finally saw United leave 6th in the table as they’ve now moved up to 5th with 2 games in hand, one being the Manchester Derby. This defeat leaves Boro in 19th needing 5 points to get out of the relegation zone.

Tottenham vs Southampton

Spurs welcomed Pochettino’s former side Southampton to White Hart Lane in this one. Pochettino’s men got to work early as they were chasing European football next season. Christian Eriksen opened the scoring  in the 14th minute. Dele Alli then doubled Spurs‘ lead from the spot after they were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute. James Ward-Prowse pulled one back for Southampton as the England Under-21 international made it 2-1 in the 52nd minute. Spurs saw the game out at 2-1 to claim the victory. This result keeps Tottenham 2nd in the League 10 points behind Chelsea.

Manchester City vs Liverpool

A brilliant back and forth match between the two teams. It was almost as if they were either as good as each other or as bad as each other in some instances. James Milner put the visitors ahead as Liverpool were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute. Milner scored to make it 1-0. Sergio Aguero pulled level in the 69th minute as he scored for Pep Guardiola’s men to make it 1-1. The draw didn’t help either team as a win would’ve seen City close the gap on Spurs and Chelsea whereas a win for Liverpool would’ve helped put some distance between themselve, Arsenal and Manchester United. Both teams remain 3rd and 4th respectively

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