It all started with the North London derby at the emirates, where a Robbie Keane dialogue-inspired Spurs took on a ever improving Arsenal side in a lunch time kick-off. It started off a bit sober with none of the teams putting any pressure on the opponents and a few chances going to either side. I was in a sports bar in Mumbai, with four Spurs fans (all from UK), wearing my Arsenal tshirt,pegging the team along with an older British man, who was a Man Utd supporter. There was an India-Australia match happening at the same time and so you don’t have to guess why the crowd had turned up. So the football match was shown in one of the LCD TVs in a corner of the bar with all of us around it. The first goal should not have come as a surprise as I did expect Van Persie to be quicker than Ledley King. Maybe Gomes should have done better. And the second one was a surprise all together…I can’t believe that in modern football, such a goal is still possible. A wrong pass and then Fabregas went past 2 or 3 Spurs players who all seemed to be switched off before driving it past Gomes. That was a stunning finish and I believe that Fabregas will breach the 15 goal mark this season. He has 5 as of now,second to Van Persie’s 7. The third goal was always coming and I am glad we kept pressing for more and I wish Eduardo would have scooped the ball above Gomes instead of curling it around him. A 4-0 or 5-0 would have been even better against our bitter North London rivals.
Liverpool thought they were done with the worst last weekend when they beat United,but surprise surprise Fulham put up a fighting display to inflict Liverpool with their 5th defeat this season. Surely, Rafa should not be talking about winning the premier league now. He better concentrate on saving the CL qualification to the next round with Lyon this week. He has a lot of injury problems to face with both Torres and Gerrard still suspect to make it to the squad. Voronin, Ngog etc are not exactly premier league quality and where is Aquilani??? Rafa has the toughest job among the Premier League managers and I think he could come under the firing line soon. But I do have to say that the Torres goal was a superb finish, he got one chance and he converted it brilliantly.
Manchester United beat Blackburn 2-0,which now looks like a comfortable victory, which it was not with the 30 million Berbatov missing a lot of chances and the Rovers crowd going “What a waste of money”!!! They have been slowly but steadily winning their matches and their squad strength is showing despite losing Ronaldo and Tevez.
Chelsea seems to be pumping in goals for fun. They now have 28 goals from 11 matches, that is next only to Arsenal’s 32 from 10!!! But with Joe Cole in the midst of things, the team is looking better and they seem to be piling up points before the big challenge that will come their way in December-January.
Manchester City are drawing too many matches and I think this is not good for a team which wants to challenge Liverpool for the 4th place in the league. With Tottenham and Aston Villa all lined up to challenge the top four, this season is surely going to be a gripping one.