Premier League Match Day 23: Top Observations

Arsenal do another Arsenal…

Even with the Special One departed, Arsene Wenger just cannot beat Chelsea. In the champion’s worst season for decades, they are still able to do the double over the side that seem to have a fundamental issue playing against them. Another red card and a curious decision to remove Giroud didn’t help, but bad moments were just part of what felt like a quintessential Arsenal bottle job. This is a season where the league title door has been left open to them by underperforming rivals, but will they let this golden chance pass them by?

…While Spurs aren’t Spursy

Pardew’s post match claims of Lloris denying his side the win may have stunk of his usual sense of self worth, but it was at least true that this was normally the sort of match a Spurs side would lose. However, resolute defending and some sublime goals meant that they did the least Tottenham thing imaginable: they played poorly, yet won. With everyone else seemingly throwing their title chances away every other week, could it be… No… Surely not…

Austin immediately makes point

To the chorus of Old Trafford boos, Charlie Austin made his mark with a debut goal typical of his predatory goalmouth pedigree. He promises to be a superb signing for the Saints, and was made all the better looking thanks to the team he defeated. Desperately goal shy and angering their fans more week by week, surely Manchester United could have done with a bargain goal scorer to boost their fortunes? The impression on his new team was instant, but his impact on the opposition was almost more profound. As the season continues, how many clubs will regret not trying harder to bag this particular bargain?

Patrick a shining light

Despite the presence of serial relegation-avoider Big Sam, Sunderland could well be for the drop this season. Many of Sunderland’s signings are blighted by the hard-drinking, soft-working malaise associated with the Black Cats these last few years. Patrick van Aarnholt, however, is the exception. The marauding left-sided player is arguably the teams joint-best attacker and continues to impress despite his sides ongoing problems. With years left on the clock and a habit of delivering big, his star continues to shine bright regardless of the prospects of his team.

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