Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Arsenal hit a 6 / Warnock's first rant of the season

I didn’t expect Arsenal to start the season in such explosive fashion. A 6-1 opening day win is good. But up at Everton is something special. I did though expect Arsenal to struggle this season; however an inspirational performance showed they still will be hard to knock out of the top four. They played and looked like they did a few years ago when they were an unbeatable force.

I was also impressed with Manchester City. Now you would expect them with a team they have to beat Blackburn, which they did. But it was the performance at the back I was most impressed with. Given, Dunne and Toure looked good and dealt with whatever Rovers threw at them. Adebayor scored on his debut and fan’s player of the year, Stephen Ireland netted his first of the campaign. With Everton and Villa’s slow starts City could mount a serious top six challenge.

Manchester United started the defence of the title with a steady 1-0 win over newly promoted Birmingham City. But even in the first game they look like they will miss the pace and delivery of Ronaldo, Valencia is good but he is no Ronaldo. My goal of the weekend is Wigan’s opener against Aston Villa. Hugo Rodellega’s stunner set The Latics on their way to a great win in Roberto Martinez’s first league game.

The biggest talking point in the Championship was the goal that never was at Aston Gate. Crystal Palace were enraged when Freddie Sear’s ’goal’ was disallowed by the officials. The ball hit the stanchion in the back of the goal a bounced out. This caused the first Neil Warnock rant of the season. He was completely right though. Again the call for goal line technology came in to discussion. Warnock was fuming and what made it worse was City’s last minute winner. Two weeks in and already the Championship is hitting boiling point. I have added to links to Warnock’s rant and highlights from the game.



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