It has been back-to-back football for lovers of the EPL as this weekend came around after some midweek action. We are approaching the festive periods and games seem to be coming quicker with interesting fixtures lined up for us all.
This weekend Arsenal and Man Utd renewed rivalries as the Gunners welcomed the Red Devils to Emirates for arguably one of the best games so far this season.
Chelsea hosted a struggling Newcastle United while Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew led charges for first time as managers of Everton and West Brom respectively.
So quickly here are the things we learnt from the Premier League this weekend.
De Gea Comes To Haunt Arsenal With Heroics.
“Overhyped, Makes Easy Saves Look Spectacular” are some of the common phrases thrown at Man Utd’s goalkeeper David De Gea by Arsenal fans but if there was ever a place to prove your critics wrong and cement your status as the world’s best goalkeeper then it had to be at the Emirates.
Man Utd walked away with all three points from the Emirates on Saturday but it was for the brilliance of David de Gea that the Gunners did not win the game by 7-3 or even get something out of the game.
The Spaniard was a thorn in the Gunners’ flesh equalling a Premier League record of 14 saves made in a Premier League match with a spectacular double save against Lacazette and Sanchez minutes into the second half.
Fans of other clubs seemed to be finally brought to awe and understand why Old Trafford faithful hold him in such regard and think he is the best thing after sliced bread.
Toons Looking Lost Right Now
Rafa Benitez must be wondering what he has to do to turn things on its head as the Toons that looked so bright at the early stages of the season seem to have lost their spark.
Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Chelsea ensured the Tyneside have won just once in 10 games. The picture even gets worse when you realize that had they lost to West Brom it would be six straight defeats.
August and September were Benitez’s brightest months and would need to look towards the window in January as Newcastle get sucked back into a relegation battle.
Their great start against Chelsea might indicate all hopes are not dashed for them but they would need to pick up all three points when they host the Foxes in their next game.
Different Approach Might Be Spurs Best Bet
Tottenham look weary and somehow out of tactical ideas. Take a look at the team’s approach to games, the squad looks to have run out of steam and seem to have conceded the title to another club but most importantly, from the opposition angle, they look way predictable.
Spurs’ bench is a replica of the line-up. Every player on the bench is just a better or lower version of their starters, however better, still remains a version.
And it has affected the team’s setup that they have no fresh approach to playing games, no one coming with something different bar Erik Lamela who adds a different creative approach than Christian Eriksen.
Pochettino would need to look so well into the window to ensure he gets players that can give him different routes as EPL teams have finally caught up with learning how to lock shop against the North London club.