They say death comes in threes and for Chelsea Football Club it came with a loss to WBA, dropping out of a Champions League spot and the firing of their coach Andre Villas Boas. For supporters of the London club, the first two are heartbreaking but I doubt any tears were shed by AVB’s departure. Chelsea’s string of poor showings in both the Premier League and UCL were capped off by West Bromwich Albion’s 82nd minute poach from Gareth McAuley. Evidently, the loss will be the last and fitting memory of Villas Boas’ tenure with the team.
West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 0
Arsenal has taken advantage of Chelsea’s fall from grace and with their 2-1 defeat of Liverpool usurping the fourth place spot in the league. Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie added to his league lead of goals to 25, wiping away the momentum Liverpool gained after winning the Carling Cup the week prior. The play of the game has to go to Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a save from a penalty kick and its subsequent rebound. Liverpool got on the board soon after from an own goal from Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny but from RVP’s late header the game again was equal before half time. Looking like a draw by injury time it was Van Persie again poking in a goal from volley to secure the victory. The Gunners have surely rebounded from a miserable first portion of the season, fighting their way to a now top four spot in the EPL.
Arsenal 2, Liverpool 1
The question now was how Tottenham Hotspur would react after their defeat to Arsenal when they faced last year’s champs Manchester United. Spurs started off strong in the first half and dominated attempts and possession. But with a disallowed goal on striker Emmanuel Adebayor after a handball call, Man U breathed life into their game with a shocking late first half header from Wayne Rooney. Spurs fought to equalize but instead Ashley Young snuck in a goal from volley (60th) and later sealed the win for Manchester with another goal nine minutes later. Tottenham substitute Jermain Defoe got a gift goal in the 87th to put them on the board but Manchester United had the match sealed.
Manchester United 3, Tottenham Hotspur 1
In the most entertaining match this weekend in Premier League, we have to give another shout-out to American Clint Dempsey, fresh off his 1-0 win over Italy. Although the player of the game goes to his Fulham teammate Pavel Pogrebnyak with his hat-trick, Dempsey had two goals of his own, providing further
evidence as the best American to play in the top flight division in England.
Fulham 5-0 Wolverhampton
With Manchester City’s 2-0 over Bolton, they remain in first with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal rounding out the four Champions League positions in order. The discrepancy between the second and third positions hold the largest gap but we all know the title race would end up between both Manchester clubs. As for the bottom two slots, the North London rivals will fight for position and bragging rights, a great subplot for the duration of this season in the Premier League. Don’t count out Chelsea, Liverpool and even Newcastle United who could easily sneak up to jockey for position if Arsenal and Spurs drop points. Chelsea may just concede this season but with the possible return of lame duck coach of Real Madrid Jose Mourinho, the boys from Stamford Bridge may be the team to fear next season.