Monday, 30 August 2010
Another weird weekend
The bank holiday weekend at the end of August brought about the first anomalies of the 2010/11 season; Chelsea didn’t score 6, Wigan actually won a game, Wayne Rooney scored a goal and England’s brightest young prospect was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The weekend began with an impressive away win at Ewood Park for Arsenal; having lost there at the end of last season this was always going to be a tricky game. Wenger brought back the big guns for this in Van Persie and Fabregas, but it was Walcott who broke the dead lock with quite literally a net busting finish! The 2nd half did was not as action packed as the 1st but Wenger will have been delighted that his team picked up the 3 points.
What made Arsenal fans even happier on Saturday afternoon was the shock Wigan win at White Hart lane. They were thrashed there last year and nobody would have anticipated this result. Redknapp was quick to negate the impact their Champions League game had in the week but it is an early indication of how Spurs may struggle with the loaded fixture list they progress this season. He is not the most astute tactician the game has ever known and he will hope this was merely a one off.
Meanwhile in the evening kick off the Old Trafford faithful were finally shown the sight they had been missing since March; a Wayne Rooney goal. It was a comfortable victory for United but Rooney’s goal will mean more to the manager and squad than the 3 points.
The low point of the weekend was the news that Jack Wilshire was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and later released. One hopes that this is not the sign of things to come; he has massive potential and could be one of the great England players if he can get his attitude correct. Sources within the Arsenal camp have revealed previously it is the one attribute he must learn to control if he is to reach his full potential; let us hope this was a one-off!