Arsenal erred, Chelsea held in first weekend of new EPL season

first_imgWenger’s mind gamesJose Mourinho might be lauded as the master at mind games but it was Wenger who played the ultimate trick on the opening weekend. With Arsenal dominating pre season headlines with talks of “The Title” Wenger put out a team which looked completely unprepared for a fight. Surprise! In their 0-2 home loss to West Ham United, Arsenal were embarrassed so much so that they asked an unfit Alexis Sanchez to suit up. The problem wasn’t the lack of Karim Benzema, for he can’t help in defending free headers, but in the team looking unprepared and devoid of ideas.The coaching staff has to take responsibility for what was a horror debut for Petr Cech, the return of The-Mesut-Ozil-Is-Overratted narrative and no Ox coming out party.Arsenal can be title contenders, but the title isn’t waiting to be won, it needs fighting for and that requires top level contribution from the whole club going forward. Chelsea Thibaut Courtois red card was legit. He was the last guy who stopped a goal scoring opportunity with no clear covering defender.Mad props to the assistant referee who got the decision spot on. Only thing everyone in the world wanted was what Mourinho thought about it:Classic.About the game, the Swans continue their underrated goodness. Gary Monk out-thought Mourinho, who’s team looked uncharacteristically  shaky through the middle as Fabregas and Matic struggled to influence the middle in their normal way.Diego Costa was…well he fought everything, everyone is against him, everyone fouls him so yeah he was Diego Costa minus the goals.advertisementChelsea showed they are work in progress and need that extra bit of attacking nous this year, specifically if Fabregas isn’t on song. They’ll work through the kinks and be solid, but enough to fend off a Manchester City resurgence? I’m not sure.LVG wins pre-season It is well known that Louis Van Gaal is a detail oriented cyborg who loves his preparation. In their forgetful opening game against Tottenham, United looked the most season ready of all top 4 teams, winning 1-0 at home.Matteo Darmian showed why he was their most important signing with a ball busting display at right/wing/I-Shall-Eat-Your-Soul back. Morgan Schneiderlin acquitted himself well, while Bastian Schweinsteiger showed his age in an anonymous 25 minute cameo from the bench.The star was Memphis though, who already looks disgruntled and shoots from everywhere. I love him. He expects Ronaldo treatment while having Ashley Young game (Who was amazing in this game) at the age of 21.Coutinho took everyone to churchTo save the best for the last, Philippe Coutinho showed us the light yesterday, settling a drab game at Stoke for Liverpool with a blinder from distance in the 86th minute.    Rodgers Job is safe for now, Liverpool looked decent and Coutinho’s goal was a reminder of why football is missed so much. The revving of the engine is over, The Premier League is back.last_img

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