Three things we learned from the Premier League this weekend feat Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United

 1. David De Gea is a great keeper

When the Spaniard first arrived in England he was criticised heavily by the media despite his obvious ability. His display on Saturday against Everton secured all three points for Manchester United, moving them to fourth place for the first time in over a year. After what was a rocky start, they have also moved to third favourites with the bookies to win the league this season, quite the turn around on last year. They are still a longshot at 14/1, with Chelsea odds-on favourites. [Read this handy guide if you are new to betting odds].

2. Arsenal still can’t beat the big boys away from home

Arsenal have now failed to win any of their last 15 games against Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea in the league. While they brushed City aside at Wembley in the Community Shield, they have been unable to replicate that form in the Premier League and Arsene Wenger must surely be concerned after another display against Chelsea in which they failed to register a shot on target.

3. Referees aren’t getting any better

Martin Atkinson, once known for being the strictest referee in the Premier League, could have quite easily sent off six players in Chelsea’s game against Arsenal as well as the two managers. The tackle by Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez and the one by Danny Welbeck on Cesc Fabregas were two of the clearest red cards you are likely to see all season and Atkinson seemed like a referee who was unable to take control what was a testy affair. While FIFA do not want to undermine the authority of referees by using video replays, the evidence is mounting that they are simply not able to keep up with the game that ensures it is refereed fairly.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.

  • Mike

    “Arsene Wenger must surely be concerned after another display against Chelsea in which they failed to register a shot on target.”
    Apologies for being interested in facts (not something that concerns the media etc) but can you tell me the last time Arsenal failed to register a shot on target against Chelsea (or anyone else for that matter)?