It would appear our fanatical Arsenal supporter and author has taken a leave of absence this week so I’ll be filling in for him. Another busy week in footy and while the Premier League matches mostly went off as planned, the same can’t be said for the other tourneys. Indeed, the upset of the season was a 5-1 drubbing of the Gunners by arch-rivals Tottenham in the Carlin Cup. It wasn’t long ago we were banding about the rather nice statistic of Tottenham not having won against Arsenal since sometime in 1999. Well, credit to Juande Ramos for turning all that around. The Arsenal youngsters were completely outclassed.
Back to the Premiership. The past week saw Arsenal take on Fulham and come out on top, 3-0 thanks to two towering headers from Adebayor and a doozy of a volley from long-haired midfielder Rosicky. I was fortunate enough to watch the match and the Gunners played well. Eduardo is turning into quite the forward and pairing him with Adebayor seems a good choice. Indeed, I like the new formation Wenger is playing. Once Van Persie is back in the lineup, I expect the Gunners to have a formidable attacking line. My only critiques might be that Eduardo has a tendency to hold on to the ball a little longer than necessary and that the Gunners attack down them middle too often with little result (all three goals being set up from the wings).
Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney made sure Man U remained top of the league table with a 2-0 win over Reading. Nevertheless, Reading proved to be able opponents and a massive upset might have been on the cards had Reading possessed the necessary edge in front of goal. Both United goals came courtesy of some lackadaisical play near the end of the match. Ronaldo streak of goal still seems to have no end in sight.
Chelsea maintained their habit of squeaking by opponents, beating Birmingham 1-0. A disciplined Birmingham kept Chelsea at bay for most of the game and it was a fortunate Pizzaro header that finally gave the Blues all three points. Chelsea are sorely missing their talismanic striker, Drogba, and while Anelka is an able player up front, he lacks the domineering play of the Ivory Coast captain.
Liverpool continue their wayward form drawing against Aston Villa, 2-2. The Reds took the lead through a Benayoun poke but a fancy overhead kick from Harewood and an Aurelio own goal put Villa in front. It was left to out-of-favor Crouch to claw back a point from the game but Liverpool remain outside the top four in the table.
In other news, Man City and West Ham drew 1-1 after a decent game with an incredible Carlton Cole overhead strike. Mark Noble of the Hammers is a midfielder to watch. Tottenham kept Sunderland firmly in the relegation zone with a 2-nil win over the beleaguered side, goals coming from Keane and Lennon.
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Mohamed Sissoko, out of favor at Liverpool, expects to sign for Juventus this Friday.
Man City’s Bianchi (who complained about the English lifestyle) joins Lazio on loan until the end of the season, likely eyeing a permanent move after. Guess fish n chips aren’t so endearing after all.
Pompey look to sign Milan Baron on loan from Lyon with an eye on permanent transfer later. To be frank, I didn’t even realize Baros was playing for Lyon as I haven’t heard pip-squeak about him since leaving Aston Villa about year ago.
ON THE FANTASY FRONT
Our fantasy football league over on Yahoo Sports has been slowly growing and with an eye on further expansion, I thought I’d start mentioning the standings. Top of the table are ArsenalEvolution and KSFM. At the bottom remain your two Footy Fetish show co-hosts, Curryhouse Stalwarts and FC Fort Worth. The two best weekly performances were by Jupiter Shockers (another Footy Fetish Show co-host) and ArsenalEvolution.
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