Arsenal breaks league opening spell
For the first time in a long while, Arsenal wins its first league game in a new season. The gunners have subsequently been subjected to poor results on their league openers, winning only one in the past seven seasons.
It looked at first like the trend would continue until a dull looking arsenal came alive in the closing period of the game to give more uncertainty, fun and spice to the game, as well as give its fans something to cheer.
Alexander Lacazette showed why Arsene Wenger refused to let go of his chase when he opened scoring in the 2nd minute, only to be replied almost immediately by Shinji Okazaki in the 5th minute. Jamie Vardy registered his name on the scorers’ sheet when he converted Marc Albrighton’s square play in the 29th minute but Arsenal drew level before half-time through Danny Welbeck.
The thrilling encounter saw seven goals unequally shared between both teams and second half strikes by Jamie Vardy (56’), Aaron Ramsey (83rd minute equaliser) and Olivier Giroud’s 85th minute winner made up the goal list.
Though Arsenal dominated possession at the later part of the second half, it took the intervention of Granit Xhaka to provide timely assists for both the equalizer and the winning goal to ensure all 3 points stayed at the Emirates.
Tremor hits Stamford Bridge
The defending Premier league champions narrowly escaped severe humiliation on home ground on Saturday when they faced Burnley in their first league match of the season. A Gary Cahill red card in the 14th minute reduced ‘the Blues’ to ten men early in the game and opened the flood gate of goals for the visitors. Sam Vokes struck twice (24’ and 43’) while Stephen Ward converted Jack Cork’s assist in the 39th minute to ensure that Burnley were comfortably in control of the game at half-time.
Alvaro Morata headed his Premier league debut goal in the 69th minute to pull one back for Chelsea and had another disallowed in the 73rd minute of the match. The Blues looked ready to fight back but were marred by the sending-off of Cesc Fabregas in the 81st minute after getting his second yellow card of the match. Chelsea reduced the goal margin through an 89th minute volley by David Luiz but could not complete the come back before the end of the game as referee Craig Pawson (England) blew the final whistle after four minutes of added time.
While Burnley travel back home with fulfilment and high morale, Chelsea indeed know they have a lot of work to do if they intend to keep the title this season.
Neymar dazzles in France
All road led to Guingamp’s home ground on Sunday evening, not because fans wanted to watch their teams battle for points enroute the French League title, but more importantly, to have a live view of the world’s current most expensive player in his first French action.
The union of Paris-Saint-Germain with the young man who was instrumental to their Champions league second round exit last season looked very promising. Though they were unable to find the back of the net in the first half, the second half did provide the required spark that fetched the 3 points with pride.
An own goal by Jordan Ikoko gave PSG the lead in the 52nd minute while an assist by Neymar was beautifully converted by Edinson Cavani in the 62nd minute. The game became more fun for the new signing when after all the beautiful displays and dazzling, he found the back of the net for his new club in the 82nd minute from a Cavani assist.
It was indeed a nice way to start off his French romance, an assist, then, a goal.