We’ve been spoilt a bit recently, so it's only fair we go through something of a lean week.
Five Premier League games on Saturday featured two goals or less, while Sunday bought with it two 1-1 draws. Only Fulham, Everton and Manchester United scored more than once all weekend in the Premier League – even United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was on the verge of falling asleep following his own side’s win at Old Trafford.
But even if the hangover from a thrilling round of Capital One Cup action continues to take its toll that doesn’t mean there wasn’t enough high-calibre goals around – remember its quality not quantity that counts.
So with that in mind take a look at the five best efforts from the weekend – there’s plenty here to keep you going until the next round of fixtures in mid-week. Simply click on the text to watch the goals.
Luis Suarez, LIVERPOOL 1-1 Newcastle
Loved by Liverpool fans, hated by pretty much everyone else, few can deny the talent that Luis Suarez possesses and it was clear for all to see as he helped the Reds earn a point against Newcastle on Sunday.
Not exactly your archetypal pass-and-move goal that would have boss Brendan Rodgers purring but still a thing of beauty, it all began with a good old fashioned long hump up the field from Jose Enrique.
There was nothing agricultural about the finish however as Suarez took the ball down brilliantly on his shoulder, danced around Tim Krul and tucked the ball home.
Santi Cazorla, Manchester United 2-1 ARSENAL
It would be an insult to call Santi Cazorla’s strike a consolation for Arsenal after their insipid performance against Manchester United on Saturday, but they can certainly take some solace from knowing they have a player capable of scoring such sublime goals.
Having had an uncharacteristically underwhelming game up until the last kick of the ball, Cazorla decided enough was enough and took it upon himself to get the Gunners on the scoresheet.
After the ball had bobbled around the area for what seemed like an eternity, the Spaniard picked up the ball after seeing his initial shot blocked before lashing his second effort past David de Gea from just inside the United area.
Roberto Soldado, VALENCIA 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Is it any wonder that Tottenham wanted to sign Roberto Soldado so desperately during the summer transfer window?
Channeling the spirit of David Platt’s sublime late volley against Belgium in the 1990 World Cup, the Valencia striker seemingly snatched a goal out of nothing to help Los Che record a fine win against the Atletico Madrid, who went into the game unbeaten in the league.
With the ball coming over his shoulder and defenders around him, there appeared to be little the striker could do – however his hooked volley left Thibaut Courtois grasping at thin air. Villas-Boas, sign him up.
Robin van Persie, MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 Arsenal
It was never a case of if, but rather when Robin van Persie would score against his former side. The only real surprise is that it took him a whole three minutes to find the back of the net.
The Dutchman may have been disappointed not to add to his tally later on the game but was at his deadly best to pounce on Thomas Vermaelen’s early error.
The Belgian’s half clearance fell to his former team-mate, who demonstrated just how clinical he can be in front of goal by firing his first time shot past the flailing Vito Mannone.
Yohan Cabaye, Liverpool 1-1 NEWCASTLE
A wonderful goal from a tight angle, Yohan Cabaye demonstrated his class in teeing himself up for a volley to put Newcastle 1-0 up against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Presented with a half chance, the Frenchman’s first touch opened up the angle perfectly for him to lash the ball into the net. A simply brilliant goal from a wonderful player – no wonder he has been linked with both Manchester United and Tottenham.
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