As we are well aware, Chelsea and Arsenal were busy during the final week of the transfer window, bringing in Samuel Eto’o and Mesut Ozil respectively.
Thankfully for all football fans, both received starts for their new clubs this weekend.
Much was made of Ozil’s transfer, some saying that Arsene Wenger had overspent for the German international. Against Sunderland, Ozil justified every penny of his hefty transfer, repeatedly finding the decisive pass that opened up the Black Cats defence.
If Theo Walcott had put his shooting boots on for this game, Ozil would have left the match in the 80th minute with three assists. Instead he exited having given the decisive pass on Oliver Giroud’s opener and was vital in the build up to Ramsey’s second, as his interchange with Giroud allowed Ramsey to slip past Sunderland’s defence and slot home. With Arsenal firmly ahead 3-1, Ozil was replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.
Eto’o was brought in by Blues boss Jose Mourinho to jumpstart a sputtering Chelsea frontline, and perhaps force £50 million bust Fernando Torres to finally perform or watch from the bench.
Eto’o was immediately given a start against Everton. Unexpectedly, the Portuguese tactician brought Torres on in the 69th minute, pairing the Spaniard with Eto’o. Unfortunately for Chelsea, the pair were unable to produce any real danger.
The former Barcelona striker was lively in the first five minutes, putting a header and a long shot each over the bar. In the 28th minutes Eto’o looked likely to score his first goal, as Everton goalie Tim Howard had a moment to forget and turned the ball over to Chelsea.
Unluckily for Eto’o, Phil Jagelka was able to block the Cameroonian’s shot over for a corner. As the first half wore on, Eto’o looked more likely to produce an assist rather than a goal, giving Ramires and Juan Mata each a decent chance; neither found the back of the net, however.
The second half was more or less underwhelming, as Eto’o had three half chances, the most promising a rebound off an Eden Hazard shot, which the Chelsea new boy could only scuff wide.
Heads were turned in the 69th as Mourinho gambled and brought on Torres for Ashley Cole, giving the strikers twenty minutes to play together. Eto’o had the chance to be the hero on his debut in the 77th, but Howard again thwarted him. In the end it wasn’t Eto’o or Chelsea’s day, as Everton claimed all three points with a 1-0 win.
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