The first of EPL is now behind us and the results of all the fixtures were as expected. The only shock was Arsenal beaten by Aston Villa 1-3 at The Emirates Stadium.
Once again the competitive nature of the EPL was seen in the first week as 9/10 games produced a result and only one game ended in a draw. Also no game ended goalless.
Major wins came for the two Manchester clubs. Manchester United beat the tough Swansea team at Liberty Stadium 4-1 and Manchester City won 4-0 against the struggling Newcastle United at home.
Arsenal was once again the talking point after their 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at home. Manager Arsene Wenger was booed by the frustrated Arsenal fans as again they have failed to sign any big names till now in the transfer window. The loss only rubbed salt to their wounds.
Amongst the new faces in the EPL, Soldado who recently joined Tottenham from Athletico Madrid scored the only goal in their game against the newly promoted Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Although it looked a little harsh, end of the day it was 3 points for the Tottenham team who is aspiring for Champions League football next season. Barkley scored on his Everton debut to rescue his side for 2-2 draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
It was not a good start for the 3 newly promoted sides Crystal Palace, Hull City & Cardiff City. All the 3 teams lost their respective matches. Crystal Palace lost against Tottenham at home, Hull City lost away to Chelsea and Cardiff City lost away to West Ham United. But they showed character and fight and did not look out of place at the big stage.
It was a happy outing for most of the new high profile managers apart from Roberto Martinez of Everton who had to settle for a single point after the drawn match. David Moyes started his Manchester United era in the EPL post Sir Alex with a great win against Swansea. Self-proclaimed Jose Mourinho celebrated his return to the Stamford Bridge with an easy win against Hull City and Manuel Pellegrini started his Man City stint with a win against Newcastle.
Player of the week:
Undoubtedly the player of the week was Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie who scores a lovely brace against Swansea and proved why is the preferred striker over Wayne Rooney in the Manchester United side.
Danny Welback also impressed all with his 2 goals in the same match.
The most mouth-watering fixture in the coming week is between the title favourites Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford. The fixture is not exciting only because of the quality of the two sides but also due to the rumoured transfer of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Chelsea.
There are also some pending transfer rumours going on like the Rooney saga, Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid and the linking of various quality players like Lamela and Willian. Also there are strong links of players like Fellaini, Baines, Ozil to Manchester United.
Let us all wait and watch what the next week of EPL unfolds for us, both on and off the pitch.