On the other hand, The Gunner’s steady climb to the summit albeit a hard-fought victory, would not want to go unnoticed. Three matches against the big boys, and Leicester have already shipped 11 goals. Arsenal fans would be wondering that even though they are moving on up, they didn’t have a piece of the pie. Take nothing away from Conte , Chelsea were immense but Leicester’s defending for the opener would re-define the word ‘suicidal’ – leaving the league’s top scorer in your 6-yard box, unmarked – is like having a rat play inside a den of cats blindfolded. Kante was out of this world and the most refreshing thing to see was Chelsea introducing youngsters including our favourite player (L-A Cheek) - a feat we haven’t seen since Jacob and Esau were fighting for their father’s blessing.
Arsenal on the other hand, looked done and dusted after Walcott’s brace, but the football adage of 2-0 being a dangerous score line resurfaced. One goal surely changes games and the hotly debated red card for Xhaka compounded the nervy end to the match. If anyone is wondering whether Arsenal have turned the corner, there you have one side of the answer. Few seasons ago, this was a match they would have crumpled but it’s ‘welcome to the premier league’ for Bob Bradley’.
The second part of the answer will come in February. Spurs, the only unbeaten team in the league would be pinching themselves for not taking advantage of City’s slip-up against a stubborn Everton. But considering Spurs themselves had to play their bogey team in West Brom, they should also count themselves lucky for earning a point at the Hawthorns. Another banana skin fixture lay siege at the Vitality Stadium in the guise of a Bournemouth side who are flying at home at the moment. Their 6-1 pulverisation of Hull City underlines that fact and for Hull City the powers that be might be doing a Hobbit..”oh God, what have we done?” Whilst Stoke finally recorded a first win of the season with a brace from ‘Whelsh Pirlo’ (Allen good pas Pogba?) against a sorry Sunderland, Crystal Palace were brought down to earth by a West Ham side fighting to get back into the mix.
Oh by the way, one thing that has been brought back to earth is the ball from Benteke’s penalty miss. Penalty miss aplenty this weekend and interesting that the mister reliables were all founding wanting…..even Balotelli missed in France.
So that leaves us with the MNF...whatever I say after this would be considered biased but there is no fixture greater than a Liverpool v United meeting, so who cares? The match build-up has been over-shadowed by ref Anthony Hamilton’s appointment. But considering this blog’s policy of not speaking about refs, I’ll follow a sensible Klopp and leave it to the FA to deal with Mourinho jibes. The question in every pundits lip is “which United will show up at Anfield?” United has never packed the bus at Anfield, never! So is it a case of what will be will be or adopt a Chelsea-like approach two and a half years ago by parking 2 busses and throw the keys in the Mersey River. Knowing Mourinho, any win will do, after all it’s still early days. My prediction is either a 1-0 United win or a 4-0 hammering, battering Liverpool demolition. At any rate, what lies ahead under the floodlights at Anfield no one knows but know for sure “Seeing is Believing”.