Back from the Champions League in which England’s team failed to deliver except Chelsea, the i...
Back from the Champions League in which England’s team failed to deliver except Chelsea, the itch to get back on winning ways grew harder to ignore.
Saturday saw Arsenal travel to Chelsea, yet to score against them in the league in the past five league matches and it was not without an encounter with Arsenal losing and seeing two red cards during the process.
Man City fell at home to West Ham, Liverpool staggered with a draw against Norwich City, and new boy Anthony Martial bagged a brace in Man Utd’s 3-2 win away at Southampton.
Most importantly for us, Odion Ighalo sinking Newcastle with a first half brace took his goals in this calendar year to 20. So with the games settled, here is Wolexis’ five things we learnt from the premier league this weekend.
Ighalo Can Drive Wolves To Safety.
Two first half goals against Newcastle saw his side take all three points at St. James’ with his dominance over Toon’s defensive maestro Coloccini. Ighalo could and should have had more. The Nigerian striker took his season tally to fourth and one behind league leader Riyad Mahrez.
Credit should go to the team as well, where they lack in technical abilities they make up for it with hard work, maximizing their physical strengths to grab points like they did over the weekend.
|Ighalo In Fine Form, Joint Second In Goal Scorers' Table|
The Boo-Boys Are Out.
After a poor display at Old Trafford, the appetite for the Kops was going to grow. It was not satisfied in the Europa campaign and heads turned to the game against Norwich City, and that failed as well. The Liverpool fans let their feelings known after the 1-1 draw against Norwich City.
|Martin Makes A Baby Celebration On The Back Of His Wife's Delivery|
Simon Mignolet’s error cost his side a win but in all fairness a draw was well deserved as the Canaries could have snatched all three late on. The Reds currently lie 13th in the league and the pressure is mounting for Brendan Rodgers who seems to have lost a bit of that tactical magic and can’t seem to stop this quick nosedive.
|A Frustrated Brendan Rodgers At Anfield Against Norwich City|
More To It Than Just A Red.
There is no denying Mike Dean’s naivety had a hand in Arsenal’s loss coupled with the bad boy image Diego Costa is happy to grow in the Premier League, that if goes unchecked could lead to something quite horrendous. But the lesson is in the fine lines of the events.
|Paulista's Sees Red After Aiming Kick At Chelsea's Diego Costa|
Gabriel Paulista’s red card against Chelsea suggested the lack of emotional edge and characters the team lacks. Gabriel was no angel in having a kick at Costa but problems lie in the fact that an individual stood out for Koscielny rather than the team as a whole, professionalism- maybe? An absence of a natural leader to get in between Gabriel and Diego is more telling.
|Drama Unfolds At Stamford Bridge In Aftermath Between Costa And Gabriel Clash|
Center Backs Not Being Addressed Could Cost Man Utd.
The dynamics are changing. Man Utd have gone from possession freaks to being able to make their possession count and while that is something of desire to Man Utd fans; their opponents now have the ball to play as well. Man Utd are beginning to concede goals and the clean sheets are beginning to dry up.
Against Southampton, Daley Blind could not match the pace of Southampton’s Mane, worse came when Paddy McNair was brought on and Blind shifted out wide. Poor marking from McNair saw Pelle and Southampton grab a second goal and pile on the pressure in search of a winner.
LVG might come out now and say his team could challenge for the title but he still needs that defensive cover and De Gea might not be able to do it alone. Offense might win you games but defense, they say, wins you championships.
|Saints' Pelle Grabs His Second Against Man Utd|
Son Beginning To Shine At Spurs.
The Korean striker has wowed Tottenham supporters with his impressive form and his presence removes the earlier pressure on Kane to deliver at the beginning of the season. Extra firepower was needed and things are beginning to tick for Spurs after their nice outing during the midweek in which the ex-Bayern Leverkusen striker got a brace.
|South Korean Signing From Bayern Leverkusen Has Been In Impressive Form|
Too forward to say Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the cloud at White Hart Lane, but Son’s rising what Tottenham needed in their quite shaky start to the campaign. The South Korean has not only warmed himself to his teammates by bringing plates of Korean Food but to the Spurs’ fans for stepping up to the plate as well.
|Son Wheels Away In Celebration Against Crystal Palace|
Remember to follow me on twitter @chukamvp