Since Arsenal’s 4-3 win over Leicester City at Emirates on game week 1, everything has been on the fast pace around me. The forces that be seemed to have been vexed by Giroud’s late winner such that I am just catching my breathe today – Sunday – over a week later.
The Premier League returned like Game of Thrones S7 and the goals were pouring in from various centres. There were goals at Anfield, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge with the defending champions losing 3-2 to Burnley.
That loss to Burnley came as a surprise to everyone and tells you our unpredictable the Premier League can be. With double red cards to Chelsea, my FPL team suffered but Conte felt it more. He will have to face Spurs today without Fabregas and Cahill, not excluding injury absentees like Hazard and Pedro.
So game week one was great for all the new signings. Lacazette, Rooney, Lukaku, Morata and Hegazi had their names on the score-sheet.
Game week two had a goal for Lukaku in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Swansea. Jese Rodriguez scored on his debut for Stoke as they defeated Arsenal 1-0. Lacazette found the net but it was chalked off for offside.
If I was to write a “Three Things” from the loss at Stoke, it would look like this from Arseblog:
Poor team selection, poor defending, poor finishing, poor substitutions and, lastly, some poor officiating were to blame as we lost 1-0 to Stoke today.
I won’t talk about Xhaka’s misplaced pass, Ramsey’s love upfront, and how Arsenal love to revive careers of thr opponent’s player(s).
For now, I will value my break if I get a proper one. I won’t write a “Three Things”. Office duties still held me till 10pm last night but I managed to see how the Ice Dragon was born.
So in the break, football won’t care about me. The Premier League would continue. Arsenal would lick their wounds and see how best they can bounce back. The Europa League would come with its peculiar challenge.
While Wenger continues to push for the sale of some the Arsenal players, I can worry about the NPFL today.
Enjoy Stoke. We may not visit again till 2019.