Same old, Same old as the Premier League returns with a whimper

by admin

Monday, August 15th, 2011

After weeks of build-up, pundit induced hype and millions of pounds spent, not to mention the free bets – the Premier League is back. But rather than returning with a bang, the first weekend went off like wet gunpowder.

The truth is, we were left bitterly disappointed. Bolton aside, there was a frustrating lack of goals, top sides flattering to deceive – none more so than Arsenal, and childish squabbling from players and managers alike.

The Gunners are one of the most infuriating sides, especially for their own fans. There is no doubt that the football they play is by far the best we see played in this country.

However, at St James’ Park on Saturday, the inability to break down a depleted Newcastle backline only served to prove the huge difficulties facing them this season.

Without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in their side, they looked half the team they were with them – but it is not a short term injury keeping the players out now, for they both appear to have played their last game for the club.

Fabregas is off to Barcelona, while a move to big spending Manchester City looks increasingly likely for Nasri.

However, it was not the lack of goal mouth action that ruined the game – it was the ‘oh so common’ petulance that mars too many Arsenal games these days.

Gervinho ruined his debut for the club by making the foolish error of getting involved in a scrap with Joey Barton. He got sent off for the privilege.

The familiar sight of red shirts surrounding the referee questioning his decisions was evident on more than one occasion, too.

Newcastle and Arsenal were not the only ones to serve up a boring goalless draw, though. Aston Villa and Fulham were joined by Stoke and Chelsea in doing the same.

The game at the Britannia Stadium was another game spoilt by controversial incidents, although in fairness a superb goalkeeping performance from Asmir Begovic meant the game gained some credit.

The excuses flowed after the game – typical from members of English football’s whinging elite. Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas blamed Stoke’s overly physical ‘pushing and shoving’. Shades of Arsene Wenger, do you think?

To win titles, the top clubs who have been backed by a free bet or two have to beat what is put in front of them, it really is as simple as that. The FA are not going to offer them three points out of sympathy, because they had a tough afternoon away to Stoke. Just get on with the game.

We’ll now just have to hope that next weekend offers up a better quality of football, fewer excuses, and less of the childish temper tantrums. But then again, maybe that is just the Premier League for you.

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