1. Burnley beating both Manchester United AND Everton 1-0
2. Wayne Rooney scoring his 100th and 101st goals for Manchester United
3. Michael Owen notching his first goal for United and promptly kissed the badge on his shirt
4. Spurs winning their three opening matches for the first time in 49 years
5. Jermain Defoe topping the goalscorers charts after his Hull hattrick
In short, it was another busy week for football fans such as myself. Here are the week's scores including the weekend ones.
|Tuesday, August 18, 2009|
|Final||Sunderland||1 - 3||Chelsea|
|Final||Wigan Athletic||0 - 1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Wednesday, August 19, 2009|
|Final||Birmingham||1 - 0||Portsmouth|
|Final||Hull City||1 - 5||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Final||Burnley||1 - 0||Manchester United|
|Final||Liverpool||4 - 0||Stoke City|
|Saturday, August 22, 2009|
|Final||Arsenal||4 - 1||Portsmouth|
|Final||Birmingham||0 - 0||Stoke City|
|Final||Hull City||1 - 0||Bolton Wanderers|
|Final||Sunderland||2 - 1||Blackburn Rovers|
|Final||Manchester City||1 - 0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Final||Wigan Athletic||0 - 5||Manchester United|
|Sunday, August 23, 2009|
|Final||West Ham United||1 - 2||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Final||Burnley||1 - 0||Everton|
|Final||Fulham||0 - 2||Chelsea|
Every time Arsenal plays, they invariably entertains. Goals can come from anywhere and this week, the goals came from the midfield. Diaby, Ramsey and Gallas scored in the 4-1 win over Portsmouth. A big game is in store this weekend with a visit to Manchester United. A win will enhance the Gunners' title aspirations and strengthen Wenger's belief that he has a title winning squad.
Liverpool finally got the show on the road by demolishing Stoke City 4-0 with Torres on the scoresheet. Eager to dust off the aberration of a poor opening loss to Spurs, Liverpool went about Stoke City with a lot of intent and achieved an early breakthrough. Happy that Torres has opened his account for the season. More is expected from Liverpool and already Xabi Alonso's departure looks to have left a gaping hole in midfield.
Manchester United overcame the shock of losing to Burnley by hammering five past Wigan. Rooney achieved a personal milestone in his United career and Owen similarly opened his account with a clinically taken goal. The midfield still remains a concern area and Ferguson will need to come up with something special if the Red Devils hope to beat an in-form Arsenal.
Spurs got lucky against a spirited West Ham, running out 2-1 winners undeservedly. Three consecutive opening wins meant that Harry Redknapp's team is being compared to the 1961 double-winning Spurs team. This Spurs team will need to do something special to even be mentioned in the same breath as my team of the 60's decade. One thing's for sure, Redknapp are getting the best out of his team right now and why not, it is his team and players that he has brought in after all.
Manchester City continues to impress which is rather depressing. Depressing because I actually wanted them to implode and then witness the first managerial casualty of the season. Well, City have a 100% record thus far, so Hughes look to be staying longer than expected. City have yet to outplay their opposition, so an unsuspecting team is due a thrashing soon. Already, Tevez is baiting Ferguson into a psychological war of words. Even Hughes have cleverly use words like "big club" to highlight the "perceived" growing stature of Man City during the pursuit of Joleon Lescott.
Finally, who are my form team at the moment?
Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs
And who are rubbish at this time?
Aston Villa, Bolton and Pompey