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The Premier League is Back With a Bang

Arsenal faced Leicester City in the opening match of the new Premier League season. Both teams were bouncing with energy, bringing action to the game right from the start.

Arsenal’s new signing, Lacazette, opened up the match by netting a goal in the 2nd minute! It was a shocking start to the match, but there were more surprises to come…

By the 5th minute, Leicester had equalised and Vardy soon netted the second goal for his club in the 29th. The Gunners had been quickly pushed onto the back foot; what a change!

Luckily for them, Welbeck managed to score an equaliser just before the half time whistle was blown.

However, in the second half, Vardy scored again, bringing more woes upon the Gunners. It seemed as if that was to be the final result until Wenger- the Arsenal manager- made an extremely wise decision.

Ramsey and Giroud were brought onto the pitch as substitutes and they both scored goals for Arsenal during the last ten minutes of the match! 4-3 was the scoreline! What an extraordinary turnaround!

It must be hard to be an Arsenal fan, with all the twists, turns and triumphs. What a way to welcome us all back to the Premier League!

Change

The best teams can’t always be the best. Sometimes the smallest teams can hold the biggest teams to ransom.

Arsenal had a goalless draw against Middlesbrough.They failed to use their whopping 75% possession to produce goals and, consequently, gained only one point from the game. The Emirates Stadium was hushed.

The Gunners did have a massive win during the week in the Champions League and, so, as Wenger pointed out in his post- match interview, the team had tired legs and lacked the creativity needed to produce a winning result. Don’t worry, all will be forgiven.

The Gunners are still on top of the PL table with 20 points. However, the gap has been closed between them and their competitors.

Liverpool defeated West Brom 2-1 to rise to second place on the Premier League table. A goal from Mané and a goal from Coutinho meant that the Reds could gain three glorious points that would put them level with Arsenal, with a total of 20 points! The title race is on!

Leicester, the PL champions, managed to defeat Crystal Palace 3-1. However, they’re only at 12th position on the PL table, a big drop from where they were last season.

Times have changed. Teams have changed. This season’s trophy is anyone’s to take!

All or Nothing

Both Arsenal and Manchester City played Champions League matches which had bulging scorelines. However, only one of them was able to claim victory; whilst the other suffered a merciless defeat.

The best team is worth mentioning first. Arsenal were tremendously successful in their match against Ludogorets Razgrad. A total of six goals were scored by the Gunners (six!), and they could have even scored twice that amount as they had 12 shots on target! Yes, 12!

The first goals came from Sanchez (12′) and Walcott (42′) in the first half; followed by a goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain (46′) and a hat-trick from Ozil (56′, 83′, 87′) in the second half. Every kick of the ball was a step closer to triumph!

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It’s a shame that Manchester City were not subject to the same gleeful fate as the Gunners. City was embarrassingly thrashed 4-0 by Barcelona, with Messi scoring a hat-trick and Neymar netting a late goal.

 

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It could be said that City was put at a disadvantage, as Bravo was sent off in the 53rd minute. However, this drawback was not held for too long, for Barcelona were also reduced to ten men when Mathieu was shown a red card 20 minutes later.

Aguero was left on the bench for most of the game, and was only sent onto the field in the 79th minute. Bad move. By then, it was all too late for him to rescue his team. Pity.

Arsenal are now topping group A with 7 points (the same as Paris St Germain) and, luckily, Manchester City is second in their group despite them having 5 less points than Barcelona. Well, they did only lose to the best.

For now, it looks as if all the English teams will progress to the next stage of the Champions League. Even Leicester has been thriving, as they are topping group G with 9 points, and Tottenham is second in group E. Perhaps the time has come for an English team to dominate Europe!

 

 

 

Blues Belittle Leicester

The Premier League champions, Leicester City, proved no match for the blue giants. Chelsea stood so tall that their opposition feared to retaliate.

Diego Costa was quick on his feet. He gave Chelsea the lead by converting a corner kick in the 7th minute of the game. Chelsea can always rely on Costa to give them the boost they need! He is not the ‘monster’ he was labelled as last season.

In fact, every Chelsea player turned up today. Two more goals came from Hazard and Moses in the 33rd and 80th minute respectively. Plus, the strong performance of David Luiz made up for the absence of Courtious. Leicester were simply no match for the Blues!

Chelsea are up at 5th place on the PL table; whilst Leicester are down at 13th. They’ve swapped places! The Blues are on the up! Leicester is falling…

Go Big or Go Home

Both Manchester City and Leicester City excelled in their Champions League matches this week. Not only did they win their games, they also did it in style!

Manchester City took their early lead against Monchengladbach when Agüero netted a goal in the 8th minute. He then doubled the scoreline 20 minutes later by converting a penalty. Every kick of the ball was to his advantage!

In the second half Agüero continued to show his skill to the international audience. He netted his third goal in the 77th minute, warning himself a hat trick! He put his all into the game and it by all means paid off!

In extra time, Iheanacho was able to net the fourth goal for Manchester City. With no goals conceded, it was crystal clear which team was the victor and which team wasn’t.

A similar level of brilliance was displayed by Leicester in their match against Club Brugge. In fact, Leicester even took the lead earlier than City did as Albrighton netted the first goal of the match in the 5th minute. Talk about starting from the get go!

The second goal was netted by Mahrez in the 29th minute and he extended Leicester lead once again by scoring a penalty in the 61st. Leicester might be underperforming in the Premier League, but they’re definitely not committing the same mistake in Europe!

Manchester City and Leicester have begun the Champions League group stages with a lot of fire, a clear aim and an awe-inspiring display! If they continue like this, there won’t be any arguments about who the contenders for the trophy are.

Castigated Champions

Liverpool and Leicester City didn’t see eye to eye in today’s Premier League battle. Leicester, the Champions, soon evolved into fallen heroes as the Reds mercilessly unleashed their wrath!

Firmino gave Liverpool their desired lead in the 13th minute of the match. This was doubled my Mané in the 31st. They weren’t wasting any time!

However, neither were Leicester. Just a few minutes after Liverpool’s second goal Vardy netted a consolation goal for his team. This did not level the playing field but it at least gave the opposition some hope. Every little helps.

Nevertheless, the Leicester players made no further contribution to the scoreline. Instead, Lallana netted a goal for the Reds in the 56th minute and Firmino scored once again to give Liverpool a goal count of four!

Leicester seemed to have lost the magic quality they possessed last season. Lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Leicester’s performance is proof of that.

A Loss, A Draw and A Win

Saturday’s match results held all possible outcomes. Liverpool lost their game against Burnley, Chelsea won their game against Watford and Arsenal was somewhere in the middle with a draw against Leicester.

Burnley used only 20% possession to quiten a team which had previously been successful in defeating Arsenal. An early goal from Vokes in the 2nd minute unsteadied Liverpool and Burnley’s win was soon secured when Gray doubled the scoreline with a goal in the 37th.

Chelsea’s win wasn’t quite as easy as that of Burnley’s. Watford was first to take the lead when Capoue netted a goal in the 55th minute. It was in the last ten minutes of full time, when Watford could almost tast victory, that the Blues struck back!

Batshuayi netted a goal in the 80th minute to put Chelsea level and a win was soon earned when Diego scored the winning goal seven minutes later. A game is never really over until the final whistle is blown.

Nevertheless, at the King Power Stadium, the game could have been concluded when it first began. Arsenal and Leicester had a goalless stalement to both claim their first point of the season. Sometimes not much has to be done to gain a thing or two.

It’s a new season and a range of skills have been displayed. It’s not so clear cut who will succeed and who will fail. All that is known is that whatever the outcome it won’t be without turmoil.

Hello Again!

The Premier League is back, with all its goals, grumbles and glories! Last season saw Leicester City climb to status and claim the trophy; however, it looks as if this season will see a whole new Champion entirely!

Leicester lost the opening game of the season against Hull City, one of the league’s newbies this season. Goals from Diomande and Snodgrass destroyed any power that the singular goal from Leicester’s Mahrez had.

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Leicester has become the first ever Premier League champion to lose the first game of the season following that of their trophy lift! It is clear that they are not the same team that they were last season, and neither are the others. The departure of Kante to Chelsea could have played a part in this.

It is fair to say that so early on it’s hard to say who will shine or rust. However, despite the lack of fitness, there are still PL giants who find points falling at their feet, or shall I say into their goalpost. It looked as if Manchester City was going to suffer a 1-1 draw against Sunderland in their first Premier League match under Pep Guardiola. However, their fate changed just as it was being fulfilled.

An own goal from McNair in the 87th minute gave Manchester City and the club’s new manager something to rejoice over. We can only hope that Moyes,the new Sunderland manager,did not return to the Premier League in vain. These first three points have marked the beginning of this seasons Premier League title race!

After a long break it’s hard to tell what’s to come of this season. Will Leicester remain the giant that they posed as last season? Will Manchester City thrive under their new leadership? Will Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United pose great threats? Only one thing is certain: time will tell all.