Arsenal suffer awful day at Norwich, Costa’s petulance shows crack in relationship with Mourinho, Everton fans endure ridicule after unmatched elation and Alan Pardew’s Palace pile more misery on Newcastle
1. Moment of the day
Everton threw away a two goal advantage at Bournemouth, their fans also managed to produce the most embarrassing moment of the weekend; Everton fans poured on to the pitch to celebrate what they thought was a stoppage-time winner from Ross Barkley with 15 seconds to play, By the time they were cleared, they had created enough bonus stoppage time for Bournemouth to equalize in a 3-all draw.
2. More trouble for Arsene and Arsenal
When is the right time to rest players? According to Arsene Wenger; ‘’the players are there to play football, not to be rested.’’ A robust response to the criticism levelled at the manager as three key players, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez & Laurent Koscielny picked up injuries in one of those days for Arsenal at Norwich. Cazorla finished the game as a virtual passenger after getting kicked on the knee in the first half, Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury and Koscielny was forced off with a hip problem.
Much of the scorn has been directed at Wenger for not resting Sanchez; a player he admitted had felt tightness in his muscle after the Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb last Tuesday. Wenger added the player was passed fit to play the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road. ‘’Nobody is scientifically developed enough, not even the press to, to predict when a guy will be injured. We checked him. When you have normal stretch and force, there is no problem.’’ He said.
3. Make up kisses might not be enough for Costa
Diego Costa is the latest player to be dropped by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after an underwhelming start to the season and the Spanish striker couldn’t hide his disdain for it. Mourinho claimed his half-time spat with Costa in midweek had been resolved by cuddles and kisses, but former Atletico Madrid man was still dropped for the trip to Tottenham. Despite him being the only fit striker available, Mourinho instead played Eden Hazard upfront.
Costa did not warm-up with the rest of his team-mates ahead of kickoff. He lobbed his bib at Mourinho after a series of half-hearted warm-ups in the second half. The manager though insists there is no issue in their relationship but the striker’s body language on the bench suggests otherwise.
4. Alan Pardew got his revenge and then some
Crystal palace thumped Newcastle United 5-1 to the delight of Alan Pardew-the ex-Newcastle manager. Pardew has always been reluctant to talk about his former employers but must have enjoyed how his side pilled more misery on a club where he endured a frosty relationship with the owners and supporters.
Yohan Cabaye also faced his former club for the first time after a stint at Paris Saint-Germain before rejoining Pardew at Palace; Newcastle declined the chance to re-sign him last summer. Cabaye was never truly replaced at Newcastle; his departure coincided with the lost of form the team suffered which ultimately lead to bad results and Pardew’s sack.
5. Vardy is the man!
Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th successive game to set a Premier League record. An impressive feat for the striker in only in his third season as a top-flight professional. Vardy achieved this in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Saturday, and the feat becomes even more impressive considering the injuries he has played through over the last three months; hip, foot and groin problems, he has also played with a protective cast after breaking two bones in his wrist. An awe-inspiring story.