It was certainly a busy sporting weekend and since the start of the Super Hand Egg season, I have tried to keep tabs on the what’s going on there as well as the football. It’s all a bit much sometimes, but here are some random thoughts on what happened (based on what I watched).
- Liverpool completely dominated a first half against Arsenal but (in a similar tale of their season to date) failed to take advantage of their opportunities and chances created. They paid the price against an Arsenal team that did a “Man United” (they didn’t play particularly well, but ground a result thanks to some excellent finishing).
- A lot of the praise for Arsenal’s winning goal went to “We don’t need Batman, we’ve got” Robin van Persie for his excellently executed injury time volley, but I think an equal (if not greater amount of praise) should go to Alex Song for the perfectly weighted lofted through ball he provided.
- Luis Suarez dived to win the penalty. End of discussion.
- Charlie Adam’s set piece taking is definitely not worth “£10 million alone” as Alex Ferguson once noted.
- Arsenal’s defence always looks ready to concede a goal, or four. Although they have recently had a relatively settled back four with Sagna, Koscielny, Vermanator and Gibbs they seem unable to play as a team for a full 90 minutes.
- Liverpool supporters like to propagate this myth that striking the post is unlucky, and combine this information with the fact that Liverpool have hit the post 21 times (and counting) this season. Hitting an immovable object is NOT unlucky – it is simply a shot that is off target.
- Similarly to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur dominated the possession stats against Manchester United in the first half but unlike Liverpool rarely threatened De Gea’s goal with genuine chances.
- Manchester United did what they do best – made the most of the chances they created. United were much better in the second half and Rooney controlled a significant amount of the play.
- United still do not have a central midfield. The pairing of Scholes and Carrick was dominated in the centre of the park by Livermore and Sandro.
More fun and games still to come. I cannot wait.