It’s been an entertaining weekend of Premier League action with thirty-six goals, no draws plus plenty of Adebayor related controversy as City hit Arsenal for four in a six goal thriller, Manchester Utd bring Spurs’ run to an end and Chelsea grab a late late winner against Stoke.
Eyes were glued on Eastlands on Saturday as Arsenal did battle with Manchester City. A fortnight after losing at Old Trafford, Arsenal travelled to Manchester again intent on bringing City’s unbeaten run to an end. Plans didn’t go exactly to plan as an Almunia own goal threw City into the lead after twenty minutes. Robin van Persie equalized in the second half with a smart turn and strike, but Craig Bellamy put City into the lead again ten minutes later. Emmanuel Adebayor headed in the third against his old side, and controversy came when he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans and invite objects to be thrown onto the pitch.
It didn’t stop there as Adebayor has been accused of deliberately stamping on van Persie, and awaits punishment from the FA. Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the fourth minutes later, as Tomas Rosicky pulled back a late consolation on his league comeback.
Stoke surprised all by taking the lead against Chelsea, albeit for a brief while. Aboulayde Faye heading over Petr Cech who entered no man’s land in the centre of the box. Didier Drogba equalized for Chelsea however, three minutes into the eight added on at half time, drilling the ball past Steve Simonsen. Florent Malouda scored a late late winner for Chelsea, burying the ball in from the corner of the box to continue Chelsea’s 100% record this season.
Liverpool hit Burnley for four on Saturday as Yossi Benayoun netted an impressive hat-trick. It was he who opened the scoring with a low strike outside the box. It was his attempt that set up the second as his shot was palmed in front of Dirk Kuyt who tapped in his second of the season. Benayoun’s third was set up by Steven Gerrard after a trademark burst into the box after linking with Torres and squaring it for Yossi for the tap in. The Israeli completed the hat-trick as he broke the offside line and had the simple task of slotting past Brian Jensen.
Manchester Utd brought Tottenham‘s unbeaten run to an abrupt end despite and early opener from Jermain Defoe. The England striker latched onto old mate Peter Crouch’s knock down, delivering a superb overhead kick past Ben Foster. United struck back on the twenty-fifth minute with a superb Ryan Giggs free kick after Berbatov was fouled in front of a hostile White Hart Lane. Anderson fired home is first competitive goal for Man Utd before half time to complete the comeback as Wayne Rooney’s fantastic power and work rate found his way through to slot in the third through Cudicini’s legs. Paul Scholes was sent off on the 59th minute after two yellow cards, and two nasty tackles.
There were five goals scored as bottom placed Portsmouth met 19th placed Bolton on Saturday. Tamir Cohen scored his second of the season, rifling home the opener past David James. But Portsmouth equalized soon later with a Younes Kaboul header. Matty Taylor put Bolton back in the lead from the spot after Ben-Haim committed a foul in the box. Pompey didn’t back down though, and equalized for the second time when Kevin Prince Boateng fired home on his debut. But Bolton netted a late winner thanks to Gary Cahill who set himself up to header low into the bottom corner and give the Trotters their first points of the season.
Sunderland‘s Darren Bent continued to repay Steve Bruce’s faith with a brace against Hull on Saturday. He opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Fagan handles in the box. Kamel Zayatte equalized before half time, but the levelled score didn’t last long as Andy Reid struck Sunderland back into the lead right after half time. Darren Bent made in three for Sunderland after some atrocious Hull defending, and Zayatte retracted his earlier goal by heading the ball into his own net handing the Black Cats a 4-1 win.
Elsewhere, Wigan picked up their first win of since the opening day against West Ham as Hugo Rodallego’s goal was enough to separated the sides after he prodded in after half time. Aston Villa earned the bragging rights in a less that entertaining local derby against Birmingham, Gabby Agbonlahor with a late 85th minute winner.
Fulham came from behind to beat Everton on Sunday, Tim Cahill headed in the lead but Fulham levelled in the second half with Konchesky’s strike taking a big deflection and going past Howard. Damien Duff scored the winner with a left footed strike from outside the box. Blackburn put three past Wolves, El Hadji Diouf, Jason Roberts and David Dunn getting on the score sheet with Maierhoffer netted a late consolation on his debut.
(Images via Zimbio.com)