Some say the Premier League is competitive, I say dire. Five weeks before Christmas, and it’s a one-horse race. Liverpool, with four wins in twelve are five points off the top four yet four points from the bottom three, and within five weeks Newcastle have gone from being relegation candidates with a boss on the ropes to Champions League hopefuls.
Is the Premier League really worth watching this season? It doesn’t really matter who comes second, third or fourth, the Prem is a junkyard of mediocrity at the moment.
There are exceptions of course. Chelsea managed to show an element of class at the weekend, easing past West Brom 2-0. Although Diego Costa was offside when netting the opener, the result was never in doubt. Southampton continue to impress, grinding out a draw against Aston Villa on Monday night.
The rest of the league is a mess. The Anfield mob lost away to Crystal Palace 3-1; Rahim Sterling should hang his head in shame for standing idly by while Joe Ledley jogged past him and netted Yannick Bolasie’s cross. However, at least Brendan Rodgers owned up, stating that the result was “something I take full responsibility for”.
One manager you can be sure won’t be taking any responsibility between now and… his death, is Arsene Wenger. Make no mistake, this is the worst United side I can ever remember seeing. Injuries have ripped to shreds their defence, which is dirge even when they’re all fit, yet Arsenal’s wastefulness and one-dimensional tactics somehow managed to inspire confidence in them.
Man Utd took the lead when Kieran Gibbs (pushed by Marouane Fellaini) collided with Wojciech Szczesny, yet the ball landed at the feet of Antonio Valencia whose shot was deflected into the net by serial bungler Gibbs.
It was a case of déjà vu for dummies when Wayne Rooney hit Arsenal on the break to finish the game off in the 85th minute. Fellaini was a monster in that game, he's pulled Utd up by the bootstraps since his return to the team.
Elsewhere, some cheats decided to taint the Premier League this weekend. Notably, 6ft 2 Jan Vertonghen who went down like he’d been kidney-punched by Mike Tyson after Hull’s Gaston Ramirez tapped the back of his calf. 1-0 up at the time, Hull lost their shape, thus the game.
There was more cheating at Goodison Park, when James Tomkins humiliated himself by holding his face after a chest push by Kevin Mirallas, thankfully the referee saw sense and booked both players, although he struggled to see Romelu Lukaku put the home side 1-0 up despite being 10 yards offside.
Burnley recorded two wins in succession after Danny Ings scored twice in as many minutes against dismal Stoke. After a bad start, perhaps Sean Dyche’s men can also turn their attention to qualifying for the Champions League.
Meanwhile, I’m stuck writing this blog about a Premier League I’m rapidly losing interest in. Would help if I had a team to support.
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