Premier League: Three things we learnt from the weekend

Premier League: Three things we learnt from the weekend

Manchester United goalie David De Gea gave a MOTM performance in their 1-0 victory over Spurs at Wembley on Sunday January 13, 2019.

3: Inconsistent Arsenal needs alternative plans


Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Unai Emery under pressure as Arsenal continue to struggle for consistency. Image credit: Getty Images

Not many people, from fans, journalists and the neutrals expected Arsenal to come this good this season, filling the boots of the departed French general, Arsene Wenger was never going to be easy, but the Gunnars under Unai Emery has done fairly well, but with the potential in the squad and sometimes with the quality of opposition, they have come short when they shouldn’t have.

The latest of their horrific showings happened at the London stadium, objective analysts can tell that for a good period, Arsenal played against ten men, Marko Aurnatovic wasn’t in the mood, he wasn’t his usual best, the beast mode was never activated and Arsenal didn’t up the ante to benefit; over-reliance on wing plays will always frustrate Arsenal because Alex Iwobi is the only one that looks a bit like it on the flanks, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang always drift to the middle and the decision to keep Hector Bellerin on the bench for so long ruined the script.

The pattern is very predictable, forward runs from wingbacks and cut in for tap-ins have been the way to go since Emery resumed, but it won’t always work, Maitland Niles isn’t the answer to such game plan, with the Spaniard back to full form, Arsenal can have a real bite on the right; but it’s time for Mesut Ozil to be invited to halt the rot, yes Matteo Geundouzi is full of potential but isn’t he too young to play week in week out? It’s time for Emery to consider playing from the middle.

Crystal Palace players appeal to Match Referee, Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Image credit: Getty Images


2: Southampton in, Palace under pressure


Forget what you learned last year; you’re as good as your last result. Crystal Palace missed a golden chance to steer further clear from the red zone when they lost their advantage at home to Watford, not for lack of efforts but they sure have it all to do to avoid heads dropping heading into a crucial phase of the survival battle.

Since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton have been pumped up, the victory away at Leicester wasn’t unexpected, the fact they even got more difficult to beat after going one man down tells the story of the new spirit in town, and guess what? The next four fixtures are all winnable, Everton at home, then away at Burnley, Cardiff afterwards just after Crystal Palace, they could be steady in the middle of the table by then.

For Newcastle, almost wouldn’t count. Home and away they gave massive accounts of themselves against Chelsea, but it feels like every effort goes down the drain as long as they can’t get results to fly; the coming fixtures aren’t very friendly and the best they can get from them would be between 4-6points or less.

Cardiff is beatable, but the champions and Spurs follow that before they travel to the Molineaux to negotiate Wolves… Perilous time for the Magpies as they attempt to stay up.

Manchester United goalie David De Gea gave a MOTM performance in their 1-0 victory over Spurs at Wembley on Sunday January 13, 2019.
David De Gea celebrates after Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday. Image credit: Premier League


1: The defender of the universe remains the bearded Spaniard


Tottenham Hotspur would feel pains for long, while some might feel they were wasteful but their day would have been made had David De Gea not been in the mood to ruin the party for them.

Three times, the impressive shot-stopper denied Dele Alli all in quick successions, repelling everything thrown at him and in spectacular fashions too, wouldn’t be too far from the truth if you posit that his legs are more reliable than his fingers.

The second half was the real deal, Spurs were all over United, but De Gea said no, Harry Kane severally broke free but David De Gea wasn’t in the mood to give anything away, while some efforts were straight at him, the terrific goal-line guard stretched low and fast to deny the World Cup golden boot winner late in the second half.

The strategy of hitting the hosts on the break was a very effective one with fleet-footed front three but credits must go in the directions of the renewed Paul Pogba who was denied severally by the equally outstanding Hugo Lloris; maybe Jesse Lingard for the hosts and the injured Moussa Sissoko for Spurs, everyone called on came to party in the match of the round, but the king of the entire weekend has to be the Lion of Manchester… David De Gea


Written by @komptrolla

COMMENTS

Name

Aaron Ramsey,2,Ac Milan,24,Adam Llana,1,Adnan Januzaj,3,Aguero,2,Alex Iwobi,1,Alexis Sanchez,3,Alvaro Morata,2,Ander Herrera,1,andre ayew,1,Andre schurrle,2,Andrea Pirlo,3,Andrey Arshavin,1,Angel Di Maria,2,anthony martial,2,antonio conte,1,arda turan,4,Argentina,13,Arjen Robben,2,Arsenal,247,Arsene Wenger,19,arturo vidal,2,AS Roma,5,Asamoah Gyan,2,Aston Villa,6,Atletico Madird,1,Atletico Madrid,17,Aubameyang,2,Bacary Sagna,1,Bale,2,Ballon d'or,4,Balotelli,3,Barcelona,90,Bastian Schweinsteiger,2,Bayer Leverkusen,1,Bayern munich,36,begovic,1,belgium,7,Benfica,2,benteke,1,Benzema,8,Bertrand Traore,1,betting,160,betting tips,1,Birmingham,1,blog post,27,blog spot,1,blogpost,5,blow,1,Borrusia Dortmund,1,Borussia Dortmund,11,Bournemouth,2,Brazil,21,Brazil 2014,6,brazil match highlights,1,Brazuca,1,Breaking news,1,Brendan Rodgers,1,Brighton,1,Bundesliga,12,Burkina faso,1,Burnley,1,cameroon,7,Capital one cup,15,Carabao cup,1,cardiff,4,Cardiff city,2,Carlos Marchena,1,Carlos Tevez,2,Carlton Cole,1,Cazorla,1,CECH,3,Celta vigo,2,Cesar Azpilicueta,2,Cesc Fabregas,1,Champions League,10,CHAN,1,Charly Musonda,1,chelsea,307,Cheslea,3,Chile,1,Christian Benteke,2,colombia,3,conte,1,Copa America,2,Copa Lagos 2013,1,Costa Rica,1,Coutinho,2,Cristiano Ronaldo,69,croatia,4,Crystal Palace,2,Crystal Palce,1,Dani Alves,2,Daniel Sturridge,1,Danny Welbeck,1,David Beckham,3,David de gea,3,David Luiz,5,David Moyes,1,David Silva,3,Demba Ba,2,Di Maria,5,dider drogba,1,Didier Drogba,3,Diego Costa,10,Dortmund,1,Douglas Costa,2,drake,1,Dzeko,1,Eboue,1,eden hazard,11,edgar davids,1,Edin Dzeko,1,Egypt,1,El Classico,7,El Shaarawy,1,elche,1,Elderson Echiejile,1,Emmanuel Emenike,1,emre can,1,england,36,English premier league,62,Enyimba FC,2,EPL,193,Eric de Oliveira,1,Erik Lamela,1,Ethiopia,1,Eto'o,2,Europa League,1,Europe,8,Everton,11,FA Cup,12,FA Cup final,1,Fabio,1,Fabio Borini,1,Fabregas,1,Falcao,9,fans,1,feature dpost,1,featured,466,Featured news,1,Featured post,700,featured postSource: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe,1,fernado llorente,1,fernandinho,1,Fernando Torres,3,Fetaured,1,fifa 16,4,FIFA Ballon d'or,1,fifth round draw,1,Fiorentina,2,football wags,1,footballer's girlfriend,1,france,8,Franck Ribery,3,Frank Lampard,2,French Ligue 1,5,Fulham,4,Fulham Liverpool,1,gabriel Jesus,1,Gareth Bale,4,Gary Neville,1,German Bundesliga,8,Germany,13,Gervinho,1,getafe,1,Ghana,3,gibbs,1,gif,123,Giorgio Chiellini,1,Giroud,2,goal,66,Goals,2,Golazo,73,gold cup,1,Golden eaglets,2,Gonzalo Higuain,1,Gossip,91,graphic,4,guedes,1,Guiseppe Rossi,1,Halloween,1,Hamburger,1,Harry Kane,8,hazard,3,Hernanes,1,Hertha Berlin,1,history,1,Holland,7,huddersfield,1,Hulk,1,Hull city,3,Ibrahimovic,1,iceland,2,iheanacho,1,IK Uche,2,Iker Casillas,2,Individual Highlights,20,Iniesta,3,inler,1,Inter,1,Inter Milan,7,International friendly,1,Interview,17,Isco,1,Italian Serie A,8,Italy,9,ivica Olic,1,Ivory coast,2,Iwobi,1,Jack Wilshere,1,James Rodriguez,1,Japan,1,Javi Martinez,1,Javier Hernandez,1,Jesus navas,1,Joe Hart,1,Joel Campbell,1,John Obi Mikel,2,John Terry,1,Johnny Evans,1,Jordan,1,jordon ibe,1,jose callejon,1,Jose Mourinho,54,Juan Mata,19,Juventus,32,Kagawa,2,Kaka,2,Kante,1,Karim Benzema,3,Kelechi Iheanacho,7,Kenneth Omeruo,3,Kenya,1,Kevin De Bruyne,7,Klopp,1,koke,1,kolarov,1,Kyle walker,1,LA Galaxy,1,La liga,45,Lates news,2,latest,2,latest news,7,latest news,1614,latest news news,1,latest news world cup,1,latest news. video,2,latest post,1,Laurent Koscielny,1,Lavezzi,1,Leandro Bacuna,1,leicester,4,Lewandoski,2,Ligue 1,6,lille,1,Lionel Messi,20,Lionel Messi. Argentina,1,Live stream,73,liverpool,118,Loic Remy,2,louis van gaal,4,Lucas Moura,1,Luis suarez,19,Luka Modric,1,Lukaku,2,Lyon,2,Man city,11,Man utd,1,Mancheste City,1,manchester city,103,manchester united,209,Manchetser city,1,manchetser united,1,Mandela,1,Maradona,3,Marco Reus,3,Mario Balotelli,12,Mario Gotze,1,Marseille,2,match,1,Match fixing,1,Match highlights,275,match highlights manchester city,1,match higlights,1,Match Preview,1,match report,5,matci,1,Maurizio Sarri,4,Mbappe,4,Memphis Depay,3,Mertesacker,1,mess,1,Messi,40,mesut ozil,9,Mexico,13,Michael Carrick,1,Michel Platini,1,mikel,1,Mikel Arteta,1,Mikel Obi,1,miranda,1,MLS,7,Monaco,3,Mourinho,3,mum,1,Nadal,1,Nani,3,Napoli,9,nathan,1,neews,1,new,3,New Zealand,1,newcastel,1,Newcastle,20,Newcastle united,4,news,1530,news latest news,1,news manchester united,1,news Obi Mikel,1,news. opinion,1,news. video,1,newst chelsea,1,Neymar,21,Nigeria,258,Nigeria premier League,1,Norwich,6,Novak Djokovic,1,NPFL,5,Obi Mikel,1,ochoa,1,odion ighalo,3,olic,1,Oliver Giroud,3,Olivier Giroud,2,Olly Murs,1,Olympique Marseille,2,Opinion,206,oscar,3,Ozil,6,Pandurii,1,Paul Pogba,8,Pedro,9,Pemier League,1,Pep Guardiola,7,Per Mertesacker,1,peru,1,Petr Cech,8,Phillipe Coutinho,1,Picture,172,picture. Arsenal,1,Pictures,17,pictures news,1,pictures real madrid,1,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,1,Piers Morgan,1,pinto,1,pique,1,Pirlo,1,Player and Manager of the month,1,Pochettino,1,Pogba,1,POLAND,1,porto,1,portugal,6,post-match interview,2,predictions,1,Premier League,331,Preview,2,PSG,25,Pulisic,1,Qatar,1,Rafael Nada,1,raheem sterling,4,Ramires,2,Real Betis,1,Real Madrid,91,real marid,1,Real Sociedad,3,reece oxford,1,Rio Ferdinand,2,Robert Lewandoski,4,Robert Snodgrass,1,Robin Van persie,7,Robinho,1,Roma,4,Romelu Lukaku,5,Ronaldinho,2,Ronaldo,1,Rooney,3,rumour,9,Ryan giggs,1,Sadio Mane,2,salah,3,Sam Sodje,1,Sami Khedira,1,sampdoria,1,Samsung,1,Samuel Eto'o,2,Santi Cazorla,1,sarri,1,scary,1,Schalke,8,Scotland,2,senegal,3,Sepp Blatter,1,sergio aguero,4,Sergio Ramos,1,Serie A,23,Sevilla,3,Sky sports,1,Song,1,Southampton,13,Spain,34,Spanis La liga,2,Spanish La Liga,10,Starting XI,2,Steven Gerrard,2,Stoke,3,Stoke city,5,Suarez,1,suicide bomber,1,sunday oliseh,2,Sunderland,6,super eagles,7,Swansea,6,SWEDEN,1,Taiye Taiwo,1,Team news,43,team news. Liverpool,1,team of the week,2,terrorist,1,the fa cup,3,thibaut courtois,1,Thiery Henry,4,toni kroos,1,tor,1,Tottenham,21,Tottenham hotspur,30,Transfer,264,Transfer news,118,transfer news latest news,1,Transfer rumour,2,transfers news,1,trasnfer,1,Tunisia,1,U-17 World cup,5,uchebo,1,UCL,27,UEFA,1,UEFA Champions League,30,UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE,2,Unai Emery,1,Uruguay,3,USA,3,Valencia,2,van gaal,1,Van persie,2,Victor Moses,7,Vidal,1,Video,741,Video falcao,1,video match highlights,1,video world cup,1,video. barcelona. neymar,1,video. goal,1,videos,5,Vieo,1,Villareal,4,Vincent Enyeama,3,viswo,1,WAG,1,WAGS,3,Watford,8,Wayen Rooney,1,Wayne Rooney,7,Welbeck,1,Werder Bremen,2,West brom,5,West Ham,9,Willian,5,Wolfsburg,4,Wolves,2,women,1,World cup,363,World cup qualifier,1,Xabi Alonso,1,Yaya Toure,7,Yoan Gouffran,1,Yohan Cabaye,2,Zambia,1,Zidane,2,Zlatan Ibrahimovic,4,
ltr
item
Footballnus | Get the latest football news, highlights, videos, and transfer gossip: Premier League: Three things we learnt from the weekend
Premier League: Three things we learnt from the weekend
Premier League: Three things we learnt from the weekend
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1esDCVLeUco/XD3lpJr9SSI/AAAAAAAAJuQ/QaVCmuB3utAmojChYy1bcVmVV2k6KWNNACLcBGAs/s640/david-de-gea-man-utd-spurs.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1esDCVLeUco/XD3lpJr9SSI/AAAAAAAAJuQ/QaVCmuB3utAmojChYy1bcVmVV2k6KWNNACLcBGAs/s72-c/david-de-gea-man-utd-spurs.jpg
Footballnus | Get the latest football news, highlights, videos, and transfer gossip
https://www.footballnus.com/2019/01/premier-league-three-things-we-learnt.html
https://www.footballnus.com/
https://www.footballnus.com/
https://www.footballnus.com/2019/01/premier-league-three-things-we-learnt.html
true
138668994082972833
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content