The Premier League is back after an eventful summer. After a long wait, English football returned with full stadiums, something was missed all around the world. The opening day offered some impressive results and some not-so-impressive results…..
Here’s a recap of the most notable games this opening weekend.
After finishing in 8th place for a second season, Arsenal F.C. will miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years. Despite this, many Arsenal fans claimed this to be a blessing in disguise as they can solely focus on the league. With new signings like center-half Ben White and possibly Martin Odegaard, Arsenal can challenge for the top 4, right?
Nevertheless, you can’t take “the Arsenal out of Arsenal”. Arsenal played Brentford on the opening day this Friday, and things did not look good. It was the newly-promoted side who scored the first goal of the season with a firing strike in the 22′ minute. Throughout the rest of the game, Brentford looked like the better team, as Arsenal did not want to win. The North London team kept making silly mistakes in the back and did not provide any threat going forward.
The game finished 2-0 in favor of Brentford as another defensive mistake led to the second goal in the 73′ minute. Although they played without Aubameyang and Lacazette, things are not looking good for Arsenal already. A patch of bad results could lead to another European-less season.
Ole’s At the Wheel!
Manchester United is back (or at least we hope so)! Ole’s men had a perfect start to the Premier League season with a thumping 5-1 win over long-time rivals, Leeds United. The Red Devils looked amazing throughout the 90 minutes as they completely walked out Marcelo Bielsa’s men Saturday afternoon.
Aside from a Luke Ayling banger, Leeds was unable to be a threat to United’s defense. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba stole the spotlight as the Portuguese magician scored a hattrick and the French midfielder got 4 ASSISTS. Man will say “it’s just Leeds”, but Man United are looking like a threat after starting the Premier League on the right foot.
We will have to wait to see how United will look at full strength with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in their starting line-up. If they play like this week in and week out, the Red Devils could give Chelsea and Man City a challenge in the title race.
On To the Premier League
Chelsea’s title ambitions started off well with a home win over Crystal Palace. After winning the UEFA Supercup on Wednesday, the Blues put out a ‘B team’ to give their starters some rest. Everything played in Tuchel’s favor as substitutes Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea a 2-goal lead in the first half.
The game ended in a 3-0 win, as Patrick Viera’s men did little to give Tuchel’s men a challenge. Similar to United, it will be interesting to see how they will look at full strength. After winning the Champions League, the Blues will look forward win the league, especially with the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
The Opening Day Star Strikes Again
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Mo Salah scoring in the opening week game. The Egyptian king scored the third goal in the 3-0 win over Norwich City. The Reds were provided scares in the pre-season, where Andy Robertson got injured last week. To their luck, Robertson could return back to training on the 21st of this month.
Nevertheless, they will be relieved to start off with an amazing result after a disappointing season last year. With Van Dijk and Joe Gomez back from injury, it could be safe to say that Liverpool are back. If they manage to stay healthy all season long, Liverpool could join United in giving the top dogs a challenge in the title race.
No Kane? No Problem!
The Premier League opening matchday wrapped up with the neverending rivalry between Tottenham and Manchester City. This matchup was spiced up this week as rumors of Harry Kane going to Man City gained force. The English striker was ruled out for the game, so things weren’t looking good for Spurs.
What Tottenham forgot is that they appointed Pep’s kryptonite as their manager. Nuno Espiritu Santo constantly gave Guardiola’s men some trouble when he was the Wolves manager. Thankfully for Tottenham, things did not change. Tottenham beat Manchester City with a solo Son goal to give them a narrow 1-0 win. Even with Jack Grealish, City did little on the pitch to overturn the deficit.
Pep’s men will be upset to have started off on the wrong foot, especially after seeing Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s displays.
Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool all started off with 3 points in their title race with City, who’s at the bottom of the table with 0 points. Arsenal will hope to bounce back and make a statement next week as they face Chelsea. Spurs and Leicester City will hope to continue their winning ways in their matchups with Wolves and West Ham respectively.
This Premier League season will be one to remember.
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