The Premier League – I’m lovin’ it

by Gary Taylor

Monday, October 31st, 2011

What has happened to the sacred art of defending?

Yet another clash between two of the top six ended with a goal-glut as Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-3 at Stamford Bridge.

Add this result to the 8-2 hammering Arsenal received at Old Trafford and the 6-1 thumping dished out to United by rivals City and it all adds to up to a hell of an entertaining season.

Have the Premier League attackers improved that dramatically or have the defences just taken a sabbatical in order to prove that England does have the most entertaining league in the world?

I used to have no enthusiasm for the games between the top sides in the past because they usually tended to be drab affairs.

But in recent seasons, this theory has been quashed with the stats showing the current campaign has been the most prolific in the league’s 20-year history, racking up an average of 2.97 goals per game.

Sure, you do get the odd tonking dished out like Chelsea’s demolition of West Brom and Wigan 6-0 in back-to back games last season.

But it’s very rare to see so many goals between the top six clubs in the land and this season’s stats between those teams prove just what a crazy season it has been.

Last season, in the 30 games between Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham there was 69 goals scored.

This season, in just 10 games between the top six, there has already been a staggering 49 goals!!

The only defence that has really changed is Arsenal’s and to be fair, they were pretty shabby last term so to see them conceding is no surprise.

But seeing Chelsea defend like a Sunday league side, which I would say is harsh on them, was staggering especially for the Theo Walcott goal.

The Arsenal speedster tripped over his own feet, was surrounded by three Chelsea players but managed to get up and produced a Strictly-esque waltz to worm his way though and slam the ball past Petr Cech.

It was incredible to see a team that had prided itself on a solid back-line for years just capitulate like that.

At the moment every team in the league looks like the ‘we’ll score one more than you’ Real Madrid side of five years ago and it’s great!

Goals make games and it’s refreshing to see every team having a go and looking for the three points instead of parking the bus – to use a Jose Mourinho phrase.

This season has the potential to be record breaking and I for one am loving every second of it – even if it does mean watching half the games from behind the sofa.

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