Arsenal & Manchester United to spark goal fest rollover
The Premier League is set to continue this week’s goal rush when Arsenal meet Manchester United
The Premier League looks set up to continue the goal-fest theme that has run through English football this past week, starting with Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United.
Last weekend’s standout clash was the eventful meeting between Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, where Mark Clattenburg was the centre of attention for sending off two Blues players.
Little needs to be said over what has happened surrounding the referee since then, which is a shame as the game was absolutely fantastic – Manchester United throwing away a two-goal lead before Javier Hernandez tapped in the winner after being offside.
It was not the only game that brought bags of goals though, as Reading and Fulham played out a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at the Medejski Stadium, where four goals were scored in the last 14 minutes.
The Royals also hosted the most extraordinary League Cup tie on Tuesday night where they went 4-0 up in the 37th minute, yet still managed to lose 7-5 after extra-time to Arsenal.
The Gunners scored the equaliser in the 96th minute to take the game further and were just too strong for Brian McDermott’s side.
Chelsea and Manchester renewed hostilities at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the same competition and somehow managed to put on an even more entertaining show than the controversial clash previously.
Chelsea were behind on thee occasions and looked set for a second defeat at home to United in four days, before Eden Hazard rolled in a last minute penalty, allowing Daniel Sturridge and Ramires to win the game in extra time.
Quality of defending in many of these games has been questionable at best, and there is no reason as to why it will not continue when transported to the coming weekend.
Arsene Wenger takes his charges to Old Trafford as underdogs, but with a point to prove to their former captain Robin van Persie after his contentious move to United this summer.
The Dutchman has changed shirts, but it appears as though that is the only thing to have changed as he scoring with similar regularity to last season at Emirates Stadium, and he will be licking his lips at the sight of a disjointed Arsenal defence.
However, United’s back four has hardly been water tight in recent weeks, so Wenger will be confident his side be able to breach it, especially now with the added creative verve of Jack Wilshere in the side.
All of these factors indicate an open match that should provide no end of scoring opportunities and bags full of goals with them.
It shouldn’t slow down much later in the day as two sides that have been scoring freely, Everton and Fulham, meet at Craven Cottage with only two points between them and a willingness to go for it.
Chelsea take on Swansea City and will travel to Wales on a high from the midweek result, but their own defensive frailties will be put to the test by a Swans side that have been very impressive at home this season, only failing to score once there this season.
Michael Laudrup’s side can hardly be called solid, however, and the fast becoming unplayable trio of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar will be giving Swansea’s defensive credentials a through examination.
Reading have been involved in two classics in a row now, so QPR’s leaky back line will not have any great fears for the Royals’ attackers, which have been very successful.
Reasons behind such open play recently are varied, but there can be no doubt managers are becoming less concerned with keeping clean sheets than they are with scoring goals.
This past week has thrown up some of the most astonishing clashes seen in England and has got Premier League fans waiting for more of the same.
After the game being dragged into such unpleasant arguments as racism and abuse over recent months, this week reminded us of how fulfilling and entertaining football can really be.
Who cares what the reasons behind the goal rush are? Just keep it coming.