Biggest Disappointments in the EPL So Far
The second weekend of Premier League action is over and there have been a few disappointments already.
All of the teams, minus Sunderland, have played two games and have given themselves, their fans and their opponents much to think about this early on.
It's a bit harsh to point out individual players since only two games have passed but there are certain areas of teams, or even whole teams themselves, that have been disappointing.
Here are some of the biggest disappointments in the Premier League so far.
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Let's get this one out of the way.
The fact Arsenal has made some new attacking signings can't be used as an excuse here, as other teams have done the same and fared much better so far.
Players do take time to adjust to new environments, but one only has to look at Chelsea's Eden Hazard for a prime example of big-name signings making an impact straight away. Hazard may eventually have a rough patch in the EPL, but on what we've seen so far, he's likely to be a very productive player.
Things have been a bit different with the Gunners big-name signings. The only bright spot in the Arsenal attack right now is new man Santi Cazorla. He's even been better than players in the squad who are more familiar with the Premier League.
While he isn't necessarily tasked with putting the ball in the net, his fellow additions Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the two men who are tasked with scoring, haven't gotten the fans singing their praises yet.
As usual, Arsenal had the majority of possession in its two games so far, but had a total of 10 shots on target out of 30 efforts. Even some of those 10 shots were not in the most dangerous positions.
Both these players need to find their shooting boots for Arsenal to have a good season, and hopefully it happens sooner rather than later.
Manchester City's Defense
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The team with the best overall defense in the Premier League last season has shipped four goals in two games and six in three if you count the Community Shield as a competitive fixture.
Part of the reason for that is the experimental three-man defense but with the quality Manchester City has throughout the squad, that shouldn't be happening.
City's defense allowed two goals in open play to newly-promoted Southampton and two set-piece goals to Liverpool. Both games showed the weaknesses in City's defensive makeup and other opponents are surely taking notes.
While the squad knows they have the firepower to outscore every team, defense wins titles in any sport and City will either have to revert to four men at the back or go back to the drawing board where their three man defense is concerned.
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It's a new year, a new boss and some new recruits but it's looking like the same story as last season for Aston Villa at the moment.
Paul Lambert was supposed to breath new life into Aston Villa and fix a team that lacked attacking drive and was close to relegation last year. Aston Villa had the second lowest goals scored in the league last season.
Players have underperformed in every area of the pitch during the club's first two games with performances against Everton especially poor.
Villa was a team challenging for European spots just a few seasons ago and though quality players like Ashley Young have left, the likes of Darren Bent and Charles N'Zogbia are still in the squad.
The Villans have a lot of work to do as the season goes on if they want to improve upon last year.
Queens Park Rangers
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Considering the new signings they made this summer, Queens Park Rangers have been disappointing.
Experienced players like Park Ji-Sung, Jose Bosingwa and Andy Johnson have joined the club alongside young-talent Junior Hoilett, but they haven't been able to make a difference yet.
The Hoops were hammered at home by Swansea and were lucky to grab appoint against Norwich City. QPR faced relegation last season and that could happen again this season if things don't change.
The club is reportedly set to add Ricardo Carvalho and Julio Cesar to the club and that would certainly help things. With all that experience in the squad things should turn around for the Hoops, but they aren't off to a good start.
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The beginning of Andre Villas-Boas' reign at White Hart Lane hasn't been a positive one. The Portuguese manager went into the London club knowing that his midfield would be without a key man in Luka Modric.
The impending sale of the Croatian to Real Madrid will enable the club to get the replacement it sorely needs.
There will always be kinks to work out when a team has a new manager and is trying to replace a key player, but one would have expected a better start from the London club.
Tottenham has only one point from two games and don't look like title or top-four challengers at the moment. The team needs to find a cutting edge in front of goal and will be looking for Emmanuel Adebayor to replicate last season's form.