Premier League Winners and Losers: Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and the Swansea
Week Four of the 2011-12 Premier League season was a predictable one. Exciting, but predictable nonetheless.
We all knew the Manchester clubs would cruise through their fixtures, and it was even easy to predict that Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs could grab three points from their matches.
But what was lost in predictability was made up for with excitement as both Aguero and Rooney completed impressive hat tricks to make the Golden Boot race very interesting.
Without further ado, here are the winners and losers from a goal-happy weekend of the Premier League.
Winner: Sergio Aguero
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We're diving right in here, and Sergio Aguero is undoubtedly a winner this week.
He's had no trouble adapting to the Premier League, already scoring six goals in his first four matches with Manchester City.
The Argentine has already established himself as a favourite for the Golden Boot, and as long as he keeps hitting the net Aguero will continue to wow audiences across Europe.
Winner: Wayne Rooney
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Here's Mr. Hat Trick number two: Wayne Rooney.
The Englishman has scored a whopping eight goals in Manchester United's first four matches, meaning Rooney's netting an average of two goals a match. His hat trick against Bolton this weekend was his second in a row, following one against Arsenal in a whopping 8-2 victory. To make a long story short, Wayne Rooney is back.
After a rough 2010-11 season, the Manchester United forward has regained form and is hitting the net more than ever. Rooney has very little competition for the Golden Boot, and it'll be exciting to see what ways he finds the net for the remainder of the season.
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Dare I say it, but Arsenal are a winner this week.
The Gunners enjoyed their first win of the season against Swansea, but they couldn't have done it narrower. The 1-0 result was due to a defensive error by keeper Michel Vorm and defender Angel Rangel, but in the end Arsenal deserved their three points as they came close to scoring again on a number of occasions.
Besides getting some points on the board, there were a number of other positives from Arsenal's victory. All debutants looked good, with Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun giving the Gunners a much needed creative spark from the midfield. Per Mertesacker looked solid in defense, and Koscielny looked good as well.
However, the star performer was Andrei Arshavin, who for once had a superb game as he scored Arsenal's only goal and created a number of chances.
Overall, we can say that Arsenal were winners this week, and will be looking to keep getting results like these in upcoming fixtures.
Winner: Emmanuel Adebayor and Tottenham Hotspur
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Tottenham bounced back from their crushing 5-1 defeat to Manchester City with a 2-0 win over Wolves as the Molineux.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored on his debut for Spurs, making it three goals in three debuts for the former Arsenal man. His goal came from decisively finishing off fellow debutant Scott Parker's through ball, opening the scoring for Tottenham.
Adebayor looked sharp for Spurs, and will be looking to help the North London club get back in the top four this season.
Loser: Asamoah Gyan
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Asamoah Gyan had a solid first season with Sunderland, scoring 10 goals in the Black Cats' 2010-11 campaign.
But the Ghanaian international recently completed his loan move to United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Ain, taking an enormous step down from Premier League football. It's also been revealed that it's unlikely for Gyan to return to the Stadium of Light, meaning his career at Sunderland is most likely over.
I'm not quite sure why he's leaving. He's probably unhappy at Sunderland, but it's sad to see such a talented player forced to be a big fish in a small pond.
Loser: The Swansea Defense
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As I mentioned before, Swansea City made a costly defensive error at the Emirates which led to the Welsh outfit losing 1-0 to Arsenal.
Swansea actually had an excellent match, and it was ironic that their downfall was a very Arsenal-esque defensive error.
The Swans should be able to take a number of positives away from the match, but for now their defense especially walks away as losers in week four.
Loser: David Hoilett and Blackburn Rovers
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Blackburn Rovers picked up their first point of the season at Craven Cottage after three straight losses.
This could be seen as a high point, but it was completely overshadowed by the gruesome injury of David Hoilett, one of Blackburn's main attacking forces so far this season.
In the last minute of a 1-1 draw, Hoilett's head and body collided into Mark Schwarzer's at the edge of the Fulham box, and the Canadian was taken off on a stretcher after enduring a horrid injury.
Blackburn will find it hard to find any silver lining as the Rovers are at the bottom of the table, missing one of their best players.