Premier League Recap in 10 Words: Rooney, Silva and Suarez Shine
Now that every team has played in the Premier League, we can start to see how this season will unfold. There have already been winners and losers and there have been many surprises.
Manchester United is off to a great start in search of its 20th league title, while rival Manchester City is also in fine form with two wins. Manchester United had a tough test against visiting Tottenham, and City faced a Bolton side that is playing very well in the early parts of this season.
Still, the biggest game of the week was between Liverpool and Arsenal. Both teams are in uncertain territory and look very different than the teams that played each other last season.
Anxious: Chelsea vs. West Brom
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The Blues fell behind early thanks to a defensive lapse from Alex that led to a goal for West Brom's Shane Long. Long has adapted quite quickly and Chelsea will treat him with more respect next time these two sides meet.
However, Chelsea's second-half display is what saved them. An early goal from Anelka and a late goal from Malouda saved Andre Villas-Boas' Premier League home debut. He will be thankful for the 2-1 victory.
Dominated: Aston Villa vs. Blackburn
N'Zogbia and Agbonlahor
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This game seemed to be all over after the first half. Villa's Agbonlahor and Heskey put the side up 2-0 in the first 25 minutes. The only point that Mcleish's men did not look like they were in control was for a brief period when Blackburn pulled one back thanks to Pedersen.
Fifteen minutes later though, Darren Bent put the game beyond the Rovers by reattaining Villa's two-goal lead. Blackburn looked fairly lost throughout the game, while Aston Villa did not look out of depth in their first home game of the season.
Flowing: Bolton vs. Machester City
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Wow, this game was entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and by the end, both teams played so well that I felt a draw would have been fair. City had a different idea though and ensured a 3-2 victory over Bolton.
The scoring began with a tame shot from David Silva that Bolton's Jaaskelainen let into goal. City doubled its lead thanks to an amazing shot by Gareth Barry. Bolton quickly responded by Klasnic's superb strike as well. Just after halftime though, City's Dzeko scored again. I thought that would be the end of the game, but Bolton responded well and Kevin Davies headed in a goal.
Even though Bolton pressured for the rest of the game, the Wanderers could not find another goal and City took all three points.
Historic: Swansea vs. Wigan
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This game did not contain too much action, but one memorable aspect was that the trip marked Wigan's Roberto Martinez's first trip to Swansea since he left to coach Wigan in 2009. He helped establish a quality side in Swansea that just this past season gained promotion into the Premier League.
Wigan will be disappointed not to come away with all three points. Ben Watson took a fine penalty for Wigan, but Swansea's goalkeeper, Michel Vorm, superbly saved it. Vorm already had a good performance against Manchester City last week and his performance against Wigan will only continue to bring him attention.
Late: Norwich vs. Stoke
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Norwich thought it had its first Premier League victory wrapped up, when a late strike from Kenwyne Jones ruined that plan. The Canaries performed very well throughout the game. The screws tightened when they were unfortunate to lose Leon Barnett for his challenge on Jon Walters.
Kenwyne Jones also ruined Daniel Ayala's home debut, as he beat the former Liverpool man to win the decisive header. Stoke will come away feeling lucky, while Norwich will just have to keep working to stay in the Premier League this season.
Pressure: Woverhampton vs. Fulham
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Wolverhampton has gotten off to a great start to the season. McCarthy's men have come away with two victories in two opportunities. Wolves seem to be a side that is firing on all cylinders, especially after this clinical victory over Fulham.
Both of Wolverhampton's goals came late in the first half. Doyle's goal came in the 42nd minute, while Jarvis' goal came during first half stoppage time. Fulham struggled to respond and the team only looked like they were coming together just before the end of the game.
Rivalry: Sunderland vs. Newcastle
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These two teams really do not like each other. The rivalry between them seemed to be muted though because of all of the transfer events going on and the hype surrounding the Liverpool-Arsenal game later that afternoon.
Still, this game is extremely important for supporters of either club, and Newcastle fans will be really happy about coming away with a victory. This match was a very close one with Newcastle's Ryan Taylor breaking the deadlock by scoring off a free-kick.
One interesting note is that both Sunderland and Newcastle signed former Manchester United players this summer, so I'm sure Obertan was letting Wes Brown and John O'Shea hear about it after the game.
Shocking: Everton vs. QPR
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I will grant that Everton might have been a little slow after its first game was canceled, but I do not think many people saw QPR beating the Toffees at Goodison Park. Everton did not actually play that poorly, and Moyes' men were unlucky not to go ahead when Baines struck a free kick off of the crossbar.
However, QPR took advantage of Phil Jagielka's mistake when Tommy Smith curled one past Howard. Everton had another great opportunity to score, but Tim Cahill missed a header from close range. The Toffees will be left wondering what to do after losing an expected three points.
Super: Arsenal vs. Liverpool
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This game left much to be desired in the first half. There were only a couple of opportunities, most notably Andy Carroll's header that was well-saved by Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny.
The second half was much more entertaining, especially after Arsenal's Frimpong was sent off for a late challenge on Lucas. Immediately afterwards, Dalglish sent Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles on for Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt. These two had an immediate impact and were the direct cause of both goals.
Arsenal was a bit unlucky with the first one because Suarez was slightly offside, and Miquel cleared the ball off of Aaron Ramsey's chest and into the goal. Liverpool's next goal was legitimate, and came from a link up between Meireles and Suarez.
The consequences for this match will be very interesting. With Nasri leaving Arsenal today, Arsenal fans are now even more hungry for Wenger to sign some players. We will just have to wait and see what he does.
Youngsters: Manchester United vs. Tottenham
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This game seemed very well balanced going into halftime. I felt like 0-0 was a fair result with neither side dominating. Brad Friedel certainly proved any doubters wrong with his performance though. United had a few chances that he saved very well.
The second-half was very different though. United at some points almost entirely dominated possession. The Red Devils also pressured heavily and really forced the Tottenham players to stay on their toes. Finally, Tottenham gave in to the pressure when Danny Welbeck scored an unmarked header. Welbeck then superbly back-heeled a pass to Anderson that he launched into goal. United finished off the game in style when Rooney headed a ball right into the corner.
Tottenham certainly was not expecting a point at Old Trafford, but Spurs really looked lost without Modric. Kranjcar played well, but I do not think he was ready to start against such a good side. In addition, Rafael van der Vaart really seemed to be forcing a lot of shots that could have been well developed plays. It will be best for Tottenham to sort out Modric's situation sooner rather than later because Redknapp either needs him on the field or the money generated from his sale to find a replacement.