Opening Day In The Premiership:The Good,The Bad, and Aston Villa

General PeppersCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2009

Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal is congratulated by teammates after scoring his teams second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 15, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Good

To anyone doubting the validity of Arsenal...Thomas Vermaelen says "hello."

Even without his stellar header in the latter portions of the first half, Thomas Vermaelen was the man of the match. Every ball was cleared, every run was stifled, and outside of a mistep leading to a Cahill free run, Thomas Vermaelen looked like the steal of the transfer season.

The biggest worry for Arsenal fans coming into the season was the hole at defensive midfield.

Denilson silenced critics with a cracking goal in the 30th minute.

For the first time in too long, the boys of Arsenal actually finished all the great passing into the opponent's third.

Placing six goals on the ever stout Tim Howard was an amazing showing by the most maligned Gunners and if this offensive prowess keeps up Manchester City will be waiting another year to crack that elusive top four.


Runners Up: Didier Drogba with two stellar goals and Wigan striker Rodallega with a Goal of the Year candidate in the opening week.


The Bad

Everton's midfield.

Perhaps Bendtner has finally found his position.

Perhaps Cesc Fabregas is just that good.

Perhaps Song/Denilson have finally reached potential.

No matter, there is no reason for a group to perform so poorly.

They couldn't control the ball, they couldn't get it back, they couldn't link up with waiting strikers, and they most certainly didn't make Everton's loyal supporters grow any fonder.

Total embarrassment from a group hoping to finally crack the top 10 this year. Tim Howard should wrangle the necks of this entire group for letting him get embarrassed.


Runner Up: Jo. He just didn't seem to want to play today.


The Ugly

The Villians lost the fight today.

Wigan Athletic withstood the early barrage and came out on top when Aston Villa ran out of gas.

Ashley Young dribbled into three defenders like he was Lebron James on a breakaway.

Petrov seemed adamant against making precise passes or playing defense.

Milner's dribbling and passing went to waste on strikers not on the same page.

And that back line.

Aston Villa might have the worst back four in the league and I mean that with honesty sincerity.

They were cut up on long balls constantly. Every lob pass into the box was won by Wigan players. Rodallega and Figuero played one-two all day across the field.

The loss of Barry showed greatly here and several signings need to be made before the transfer window closes.

Runner Up:Ashley Young. Pitiful today.