After a weekend full of great transfers and some woeful transfers, many teams were looking to get back into the swing of things. Arsenal earned three points which put them back in the top spot, Liverpool were stunned with a draw against West Brom, while Chelsea and Manchester City closed out the weekend with a great game.
Chelsea (1) v (0) Manchester City
Goals- Branislav Ivanovic (32’)
Seems as though Chelsea were out to make a statement, and boy did they do it. It was the first time this season that Manchester City had been defeated at home, and also the first time in 62 home games that City failed to score. Chelsea took every opportunity they were giving and it paid off in the 32nd minute as Branislav Ivanovic knocked in the lone goal of the match. Ivanovic was wide open at the top of the box and took advantage of City’s miscalculations. It seemed as though the goal was the first of many mistakes for City. They were lucky to go into the half only behind by one goal. Things didn’t change for them until around the 75th minute when they got their first real chance in goal. It was too little too late though as City couldn’t counter attack to get the tying goal. Chelsea played fantastic and were able to snap Manchester City’s 8 game winning streak. They are now tied for second place with City, two points behind first place Arsenal.
Arsenal (2) v (0) Crystal Palace
Goals- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (47’ 73’)
Chamberlain was on fire for Arsenal as he helped the Gunners earn a 2-0 victory. Arsenal were looking for a much needed win after their stunning draw on Tuesday against Southampton. The Gunners were off to an early start in the first half as they had a chance in the 8th minute that curled just wide. The next chance for a decent shot didn’t come until early in the second half, and Chamberlain took the opportunity to give Arsenal the lead. From there Arsenal took control of the game earning 65% of possession, but they didn’t stop there. Chamberlain netted another goal in the 73rd minute that shut things down for Crystal Palace. With the win, Arsenal take the top spot with Manchester City and Chelsea 2 points behind.
Liverpool (1) v (1) West Bromwich
Goals- LFC: Sturridge (24’) WBA: Anichebe (67’)
Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw on Sunday as they gave up their early lead after a terrible error by Kolo Toure. Daniel Sturridge scored his 24th goal of the season which got LFC off to a great start. Both teams played well throughout the first half, and LFC were happy to go into the locker room with the lead. That happy feeling didn’t last long though as Kolo Toure made the mistake of passing the ball in the area of Victor Anichebe in the 67th minute, which put the game at a tie. If you’re wondering why Toure was playing, it’s because Agger and Sakho are both injured which left Brendan Rodgers with no other choice. This brought up some questions about Rodgers’ dealings on transfer day because he didn’t acquire any defenders. Rodgers insisted defensive reinforcements were not his top priority thus Toure was given the start. With the draw LFC are in fourth place, 8 points off the lead.
Here’s the rest of the weekend’s results and standings!
Stoke City (2) v (1) Manchester United
Goals- STC: Charlie Adam (38’ 52’) MU: Van Persie (47’)
Hull City (1) v (1) Tottenham
Goals- HC: Shane Long (12’) TOT: Paulinho (61’)
Southampton (3) v (0) Fulham
Goals- Lallana (64’) Lambert (70’) Rodriguez (75’)
Everton (2) v (1) Aston Villa
Goals- EVE: Naismith (74’) Mirallas (85’) ASV: Bacuna (34’)
Sunderland (3) v (0) Newcastle United
Goals- Borini (19’ PK) Johnson (23’) Colback (80’)
West Ham United (2) v (0) Swansea City
Goals- Kevin Nolan (26’ 45’)
Cardiff City (2) v (1) Norwich City
Goals- CDC: Bellamy (49’) Jones (50’) NOR: Snodgrass (5’)