Just a very quick update. There is so much I want to write about last weeks Premier League matches, but I am currently very busy with other projects. Every thing comes at once, part of Murphys Law, I believe.
There were two full rounds of games last week in the Premier League. The first lot over Tuesday and Wednesday nights followed by the regular weekend round of games. Arsenal were savagely dealt with midweek by referee Lee Mason and his assistant (linesman) when they awarded Everton the opening goal in their clash. Everyone of the 60,000 plus other people in the stadium could see that Saha was a mile offside when he received the ball that he put in the back of the net. They have since admitted they were wrong, but could not see this during the game, despite a consultation after the protests from the players, the mangement and the home crowd. Fortunately justice was done when Arshavin and Koscielny scored in the second half to take all three points. Good to see Arshavin back on the score sheet and slowly winning back some favour with the “fans”. Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham all won in mid week, with only Man City of the top eschelon dropping points, managing only a draw away to Birningham.
Fortunes were somewhat reveresed over the weekend, but Arsenal were treated even worse by refereee Phil Dowd in their clash with Newcastle. Arsenal were white hot from the kick off and were 3-0 up in 10 minutes. Walcott scored in the first minute and Djourou got his first Arsenal goal inside 3 minutes. It was a whole 7 minutes before Van Persie claimed Arsenal’s third. There was then a lull before Van Persie got his second, on 26 minutes. All was looking on for a Cricket score from Arsenal with Newcastle’s only defence regularly kicking Arsenal players in the air. Just before half time Barton went in with a particularly harsh tackle on Diaby and there was some jostling between them. After the restart Djourou limped off to be replaced by Squillaci. Leavng all Arsenal fans with the terrifying central defence partnership of Koscielny and Squillaci, personally I think Djourou on one leg is a better option. Shortly after that Barton flew in with another two footed tackle on Diaby. Diaby reacted by pushing Barton to the ground as he tried to get up and then gave the same treatment to his team mate who came to his assistance. Inevitably Diaby was sent off, but in the confusion the referee forgot to book Barton for the original offence. Similarly if the referee had booked some of the Newcastle players for their dodgy tackles in the first half, this incident would probably never have happened. From that point the wheels fell off for Arsenal. Newcastle were awarded two penalties, which Barton converted, Best scored from close range on 75 mins and Tiote hit home a volley on 87 minutes to even the scores. In the end Arsenal were lucky to escape with the draw. But what was as amazing as the Newcastle comeback, was the referee awarding 3 yellow cards and a red to Arsenal players while Newcastle only picked up 2 yellows despite kicking Arsenal players all day.
Results elsewhere contrived to maintain Arsenal’s league position, despite the dropped points. Manchester United lost 2-1 to Wolves, who were placed bottom of the Premieship at the start of the day. Chelsea lost 1-0 to Liverpool and Chelsea‘s 50 million pound signing Torres, did not start well for his new club and was dragged after 66 minutes. Man City made up for their mid week slip up by beating West Brom 3-0 and Everton made a remarkable comeback after their mid week loss to Arsenal, beating Blackpool 5-3 with Saha picking up four of the goals. I don’t know how many of them were on side.
A quiet mid week for the Premier League this week with England facing Denmark in a friendly in Copenhagen on Wednesday.