The Premier League is back along with the drama, goals and controversial decisions. Here are five observations from the latest round of fixtures.
Mesut Ozil made the scapegoat once again
Arsenal were defeated 1-0 by bogey team Stoke and once again Mesut Ozil was singled out for criticism. Anytime Arsenal lose or play badly, Ozil is criticised. Ozil created numerous chances against Stoke but if Danny Welbeck doesn’t convert any of them, why is Ozil to blame? The problems at Arsenal are much bigger than Ozil and it is wholly unfair that he is targeted every time the team under performs.
Magic Mooy keeps up Huddersfield’s 100% record
After an impressive 3-0 away win against Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town faced fellow promoted side Newcastle. In a match that was distinctly lacking in quality, Aaron Mooy produced a moment of magic to give his side all three points, resulting in back to back wins. Mooy, Huddersfield’s player of the year last season, looks more than comfortable in the Premier League. The Australian midfielder will be crucial if David Wagner’s side are to become a mainstay in the top flight.
Harry Kane’s August curse continues
In the last two seasons Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot with 25 goals in 15/16 and 29 goals in 16/17. Something he still hasn’t managed to do is score in August. For some reason, Kane just cannot find the back of the net during the first month of the season. Kane has hit the woodwork against both Newcastle and Chelsea so far this season. The England striker is just one goal away from 100th career goal for Spurs. He has one more chance when Spurs face Burnley at Wembley, in their final game of August.
More substandard refereeing
The Premier League is back and so are the controversial refereeing decisions. Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was sent off against Burnley in their opening match for a challenge that just about warranted a yellow card. Then in West Ham’s game against Southampton, Mark Noble’s rash challenge on Saints midfielder Mario Lemina (worthy of a red card) went completely unpunished. Both of the second yellow cards that Kyle Walker and Morgan Schneiderlin were given in the 1-1 draw between Manchester City and Everton were dubious to say the least. Referees have got to be more consistent in the Premier League. They should not be making so many crucial errors when the new season is just two weeks old.
Rooney relishes facing Man City
Wayne Rooney’s fairytale return to Everton just keeps getting better. His latest goal against Manchester City was the 200th Premier League goal of his illustrious career. The former Manchester United striker was booed as he returned to (the blue half) of Manchester. He had the last laugh when he scored Everton’s goal and cupped his hands to his ears which antagonised the City fans even more. Rooney’s 50th, 150th and 200th Premier League goals have all come against Man City. Only Alan Shearer (11) has scored more Premier League goals against Man City than Rooney (9). The Evertonian has now scored in two consecutive league games for his boyhood club. Once a Blue, always a Blue.