The third round of the Barclays Premier League, ended with Liverpool maintaining their 100 % start to the season after beating Manchester United and big spending Tottenham Hotspur losing 1-0 away to Arsenal. So let us look at the five winners and losers from the weekend.
The build-up to the latest North London derby was all about how Spurs have spent wisely, whilst their neighbours haven’t spent a penny and were going to suffer for that. But Arsenal got the better of their rivals yet again with a performance that proved just why Arsenal have collected the most number of points in the Premier League in 2013. With the incoming Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, Arsenal are definitely the biggest winners from the weekend.
Going into the clash against Manchester United, Liverpool had a solid start to the season with two Daniel Sturridge goals helping them claim 1-0 victories over Stoke City and Aston Villa respectively. But in the game against United, they started brightly but went off the boil but once again won via the same score line, thanks to who else but Sturridge, who has been nothing short of a revelation since his move in January. If he continues his good form, Liverpool will look even more of a threat, once Suarez returns.
Once again, the Everton left back, showed just why he is their creator in chief, having made 13 crosses, the most by any player in the league this week. His forays from the back helped set up innumerable chances, which were not properly utilized by their strike force, which is conspicuous by the absence of Fellaini, who has been played as a defensive midfielder under Martinez.
The Welsh centre-back was in fine form against Sunderland, as he opened the scoring before half time with his only shot. But, as the game went on, Gabbidon gathered all his experience to weather the Sunderland attack with some crucial interceptions. He made 19 clearances and won 7 aerial duels, on his way to being the Man of the Match and help Crystal Palace notch up their first victory of their league campaign.
After a disastrous opening day drubbing at the hands of Manchester City and a nail biting 0-0 draw against West Ham in their first home game, Newcastle finally managed to score their first goal of the season and notched up their first win thanks to a Hatem Ben Arfa strike. And although they haven’t spent much money in the summer, the fact that they might keep hold of Cabaye and have the likes of Ben Arfa and Coloccini coming back to the squad should bring them some solace. Add to that, the fact that their January signings are slowly clicking into gear, means that Newcastle can finally look ahead to good season.