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Premier League Review – Gameweek 11

Another unpredictable weekend in the Premier League has passed, in reality, it wasn’t unpredictable at all. North London’s finest self destructed  again, Manchester’s finest produced comebacks, Liverpool drew, Wigan lost a game they should have won, a week after winning a game they should have lost, and finally Reading, Sunderland and QPR all failed to win… AGAIN! All rather predictable if you ask me.

N.L.B (North London Bottlers) – Arsenal surpassed themselves this week by managing to ‘bottle it’ three times in one match. Fulham were the visitors as Arsenal let a two goal lead slip, fell behind and then conspired to miss a last minute penalty. Bravo Arsenal, you really have outdone yourselves this week.
Not to be upstaged by their North London rivals, Tottenham delivered their annual Manchester cave in, except this time the venue wasn’t Old Trafford, it was the Etihad. Of course earlier this season, Tottenham mistakenly saw through the game at Old Trafford but it was business as usual this time round.
The only thing more predictable than Spurs taking and throwing away a lead at the Etihad, was Eden Dzeko coming off the bench and scoring against Spurs, yet again.
The two North London clubs go head to head next weekend. Expect both sides to at some point, take the lead, throw it away, take it back and then throw it away again.

Having killed two birds with one stone, we move onto the red half of Manchester. On Saturday at tea-time the Red Devils launched their weekly episodic version of  ‘comeback against a team they shouldn’t have fallen behind to in the first place’. This time the victims were Aston Villa, a side whose players haven’t even heard of themselves. Whilst United will gain deserved acclaim for their comeback, they were made to look distinctly average by arguably the worse Villa side in recent memory.

Game of the week – Chelsea Vs. Liverpool. Big brave John Terry made his long awaited return to the Chelsea side….and scored….and then got injured….by fellow racist abuse victim Luis Suarez….who also scored….and then celebrated….by himself.
Now Brendan Rodgers is an intelligent manager, so surely he’d have done his background checks on Chelsea and taken note of their  frailties when defending wide areas. Despite this, Liverpool lined up with a strange 5-3-2 formation which offered little width. This of course lead to Liverpool being completely useless for 45 minutes and trailing 1-0 at half time.
For the second half, Raheem Sterling was moved to the right wing, Suso was brought on in place of Mr. Invincible – Nuri Sahin, Jose Enrique was pushed further forward and lo and behold Liverpool saw more of the game and ultimately left with a deserved point.

Best of the Rest – After winning at White Hart Lane last weekend, it was no surprise to see Wigan crumble to a disappointing home defeat to West Brom. That is their motto. Next weekend they go to Anfield, expect them to win this game before following it up with a crushing home defeat to Reading the following weekend.
Speaking of Reading –  themselves, Q.P.R and Sunderland continued their weekly three horse race of trying very hard to NOT win a game. QPR currently lead this race on goal difference. Mainly thanks to Adel Taarabts ability to repeatedly miss clear cut chances.

Too Good Too Bad

Luis Suarez – After equalizing against Chelsea, Luis Suarez raced to the corner flag to celebrate his goal. Upon turning around, Suarez was horrified to see that no other Liverpool player had joined in his celebration, the look on his face…..priceless!

Leeds 1-6 Watford – Not Premier League related but the ‘sort of’ once mighty Leeds United, fell to a crushing 6-1 home defeat to Italian minnows Watford. Luckily only 17 Leeds fans had bothered to turn up to watch the game.

Mikel Arteta – A week after his invincible performance against Manchester United, Mikel Arteta both gave away and missed a penalty, how terribly unfortunate. That Spain call up is back on the ropes.

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