MICHAEL CHAPMAN CONTINUES HIS WEEKLY REVIEW OF THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE.
On Saturday the Stadium Of Light played host to The Alexi Sánchez Show, as the mercurial Chilean scored a brace and dominated the offensive factors of the match. The attacking midfielder finished with 3 shots on target, 2 key passes and 86% passing. Sunderland only had a total of 3 shots on goal all match. While the final score of Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland may flatter in as much as Sanchez only scored his second in the 91st minute, Sunderland where never close to putting up a fight either. With a run of three matches in nine days at the beginning of November and three in eight at the end of the month Arsenal will have to perform better than they did this weekend.
Arsenal are undefeated in their last 22 home matches in the Premier League, and 4 of their 6 matches in November are at the Emirates.
Hull’s defender Michael Dawson has blocked 15 shots, the most in the Premier League
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: It was the type of match we’ve come to expect when two of the “big four” face off. The overhyped three hour pre-match festivities, lasting about two hours and thirty minutes too long. The “supporters” showing up to the match wearing their allegiances split right down the middle. And of course the ex-player post match analysis, re-telling the tale we just witnessed play out, but with a much less colorful dialogue. Yet sandwiched in between all of that was a typically entertaining match between two sides with some truly great talent. A total of ten yellow cards, 11 shots on target between the two clubs, and a goal a piece scored by two legendary center forwards.
Nearly 75% of Newcastle‘s passes on Sunday were short and they only attempted 11 crosses
The result of Spurs vs Newcastle on Sunday was a prime example of the old adage that its quality that counts not quantity. Whilst Spurs spent most of the match controlling possession (64%) and firing shots (7) towards the Newcastle goal there was very little that amounted to a threat. Tim Krul only faced two shots, one of which (the opening goal) he never really had a chance. Meanwhile it was Pardew’s team that made their attempts count as they went two for two. Both goals catching everyone, even the players probably, by surprise. Sammy Ameobi, younger brother of long time Toon Army favorite Shola, zoomed past a napping Eric Dier and deftly slotted the ball home to the surprise of Hugo Lloris and everyone watching. This seemed to fire up not only the traveling Toon Army but the Newcastle eleven on the pitch as well. The second goal was nearly as shocking not only for how it was scored, but also for who scored. A climbing header buried into the net by an exhausted and diminutive Ayoze Peréz, a 21 year old attacker Newcastle snapped up for little more then €1m from CD Tenerife in the summer.
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