Great Scot: Manchester United boss David Moyes celebrates just his fourth-ever win as a manager against Arsenal
Following yet another wonderfully captivating weekend of Premier League football, we take a look back at the action with the most eye-catching stats from all 10 games in Week 11.
Whether it is the end of one team’s long unbeaten run on the road, or the maintaining of another side’s long unbeaten home record, then we have the numbers that matter from the top flight this weekend…
West Bromwich Albion may have justifiably felt hard done by, following their 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. However, it was the first time since 1978 that the Baggies had managed to score two goals at the home of the Blues.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho was grateful to see in-form striker Samuel Eto’o get his name on the scoresheet for the fourth time in four games since teaming up again with the Portuguese last summer. His first-half strike went some way to help preserve the Special One’s amazing 66-match unbeaten league run in west London.
Just think how many goals prolific Liverpool forward Luis Suarez may now have if he had not missed the opening two months of the campaign, serving the rest of his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm last April.
That is because Saturday’s neatly taken double against a hapless Fulham side took the Uruguay international’s tally in his brief season to eight in his past six games.
Following high-flying Southampton’s latest win in the top flight, this time 4-1 at home to Hull City on Saturday afternoon, the Saints now have their best-ever start to a top-flight season.
And the south-coast side’s fourth straight Premier League victory—the first time the club have managed that feat this millennium—was achieved partly thanks to Morgan Schneiderlin’s first goal of the campaign and Rickie Lambert’s fourth, the England international’s 33rd successful penalty for Southampton.
Norwich City fans must have been confident going into their clash with fellow strugglers West Ham United at Carrow Road on Saturday, as the Canaries had not lost to the Hammers for 40 years.
But they kept that remarkable run going only thanks to three second-half strikes, the second of which—a beautiful set piece from Robert Snodgrass—was the home side’s fifth goal from a direct free kick already in this campaign, the joint most in the top flight.
However, Sam Allardyce’s men must have felt deflated at the full-time whistle after leading at the break through Ravel Morrison’s fifth goal of the season, with the playmaker having scored with all three of his shots on target in this campaign.
And that is because, going into this fixture, the visitors had only let in one goal on their travels all season.
No wonder the roof nearly lifted off Villa Park when Dutchman Leandro Bacuna broke the deadlock against a stubborn Cardiff City outfit on Saturday afternoon with a brilliantly curled free kick. It was the first time Paul Lambert’s men had found the back of the net for an incredible seven-and-a-half hours!
And typically, Libor Kozak's header made it two goals in the space of just eight minutes, as the home team recorded a crucial 2-0 win.
The eyes have it: Martinez has suffered just one league defeat since taking over as Everton boss this season.
I suppose long-suffering Crystal Palace fans were just grateful for the point their relegation-doomed side picked up against an in-form Everton team at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, especially as it brought to an end a dreadful recent run of seven defeats on the bounce.
Meanwhile, for Roberto Martinez’s fifth-placed Toffees, that is now just one loss in their opening 11 league matches since the Spaniard replaced David Moyes in the Goodison Park dugout at the start of this season.
And so Old Trafford was again the scene of the ending to another one of Arsenal’s long unbeaten runs after champions Manchester United beat the league leaders 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
That loss was the Gunners’ first on their travels in 16 matches in all competitions, stretching all the way back to last March’s North London Derby at White Hart Lane. It was also the first time this season that Arsene Wenger’s side had failed to score in the Premier League, as the visitors’ long run without a win at the Theatre of Dreams stretched to seven years.
Meanwhile, no prizes for guessing the identity of the match-winner. Robin van Persie’s brilliant near-post header in the first half made it three goals in just three matches against his former club for the highest-scoring Dutchman in the history of the Premier League.
And as for the victorious Red Devils manager, it was just the Scot’s fourth-ever victory over Arsenal in his 26th game in charge against a team managed by Wenger, as well as being the 1000th point that David Moyes had won in the Premier League, 20 of which have now been collected as United boss.
What is it exactly about White Hart Lane that Newcastle United like so much? Sunday afternoon’s shock 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur was their seventh win at the home of the north Londoners in the history of the Premier League, making it the Magpies’ second favourite top-flight away venue after Villa Park (eight victories).
But the home side must have felt a huge injustice at the full-time whistle after having 14 efforts on target in the match without scoring, the most since the 2006-07 campaign. The Spurs suffered just their second defeat against the Geordies in their last eight Premier League meetings.
Well, you could have marked this one down as a banker 1-0 home win to Sunderland when filling out your pools coupon on Saturday morning, with the Black Cats having beaten Manchester City by that scoreline in each of their previous three clashes at the Stadium of Light.
And you can now make that four after Sunday’s afternoon’s shocking, or not if you come to think about it, victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s big-spending outfit.
Well, what can one say about this topsy-turvy six-goal thriller at the Liberty Stadium, which incidentally ended its own personal run of being the only ground in the Premier League not to have witnessed a headed goal this season when Swans striker Wilfried Bony netted the home team’s first goal?
However, despite managing to grab a point with a last-minute spot kick, Stoke City will still be furious that they threw away an early two-goal lead, only to draw with Swansea City. In the process, they maintain the joint-longest unbeaten run in the top flight so far in this campaign with last-placed Crystal Palace after the Potters’ eighth game without a victory.