Team of the week:
Foster (West Brom)
Coleman (Everton) Shawcross (Stoke City) Ferdinand (Man U) Terry (Chelsea)
Ramsey (Arsenal) Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) Townsend (Spurs)
Campbell (Cardiff City) Sturridge (Liverpool) Podolski (Arsenal)
Ben Foster went off injured in the 77th minute for West Brom which is a huge blow as he’s not out for 12 weeks. Up until his injury however Foster put in a great display against Everton to frustrare the Toffees and earns his team a point. Terry and Ferdinand put in calm and commanding performances as Man Utd played Chelsea on Monday which is a good indication as to why the game ended 0-0. Terry won everything in the air and Ferdinand looked calm and assured for such a big game. Shawcross put in a great Captain’s performance at one end and scored at the other as Stoke beat Palace 2-1 while Coleman also continued to show how dangerous going forward from right-back.
Ramsey stood out for Arsenal in their 3-1 win at Fulham with a hard-working and tidy display while Townsend, who got called up for England this week, tormented Swansea’s full-backs all game with his pace, skill, and delivery. Gunnarsson was ever-present for Cardiff as they pulled off a shock win against Man City with great energy, closing down, and the opening goal.
Campbell was at the double for Cardiff in their 3-2 victory against City, it was Sturridge who was the match-winner for Liverpool once again as he scored the goal of the weekend with great skill and composure. Podolski also bagged a brace as Arsenal bounced back from last week’s disappointment by seeing off Fulham 3-1.
Hero of the week:
Nominations this week include former Man Utd striker Frazier Campbell, Daniel Sturridge, and Lukas Podolski. Daniel Sturridge once again was the Liverpool player who stood up and stuck the ball in the back of the net; simply if it wasn’t for him Liverpool would have only 2 points on the board instead of 6. Not only was his goal decisive but it was a great finish, easily the goal of the weekend from a player who is currently England’s most potent striker. Lukas Podolski started his first game of the season for Arsenal and justified his selection with 2 well taken goals that secured the perfect reaction to last week’s huge disappointment against Villa. Podolski showed ruthlessness and killer instinct with bit goal which is something Arsenal definitely lack in the final third as they often try to walk the ball in the net. Arsenal simply needed to win this game so it must have been quite a relief for Gunners fans, however during the week Podolski picked up and injury against Fenerbache and is ruled out for 3 weeks!
The hero of the week though has to go to Campbell. Cardiff beating Man City on the weekend surely has to go down as the biggest and best game of Cardiff’s history and Campbell was the man who got 2 vital goals as well as being heavily involved in Gunnarsson’s goal. Campbell was quick, made good runs, and has a great leap on him which he showed more on the third goal. Man City were poor I thought looking very uninterested, almost as if it was a pre-season friendly. That cost them and even though it’s very early days, it may change people opinion on their capabilities of winning the title. You simply can’t lose those games let alone concede three with two of them from set-pieces! Well done to Cardiff they took full advantage and Campbell took his chances well, what a hero.
Nipple of the week:
Pellegrini? Man City’s defence? Or City in general? Or the ref at the Hull City vs Norwich game? I think it has to be City’s defence. For a team challenging for the title their defence was awful. Yes they have injuries to crucial players Kompany and Nastasic in central defence but they are still a team with title ambitions. Of the three goals they conceded 2 were from set-pieces as Hart looked a spectator failing to command his area and the first goal was pure ball watching from both Lescott and Garcia as Campbell was played onside and then left to roam goal-side, nearly scoring. The whole performance from City seemed lazy, casual, and totally careless. Going forward they had no urgency, moving the ball slowly like a pre-season friendly. Defensively they looked surprised that Cardiff might actually want to try and score. I don’t know if it was arrogance, they felt they could just turn up, or they didn’t know what they were doing but either way City fans shouldn’t be too pleased. They should have won this, I know Cardiff were right up for it and the fans created a brilliant atmosphere but this is a club with a new manager who want to win the Premier League title back? City’s defence, in particular Lescott, Garcia, and Hart you are the nipples of the week and this is why....