Wednesday 24 January 2018

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Premier League: Seven memorable moments so far

Referee Jonathan Moss gets into difficulty with his vanishing spray as Arsenal's Santi Cazorla gets an unexpected covering
Referee Jonathan Moss gets into difficulty with his vanishing spray as Arsenal's Santi Cazorla gets an unexpected covering

The Premier League is up and running and there has been no shortage of drama so far with stunning goals, assists and even birds getting in on the action.

1: Cesc Fabregas’ sublime assist

Jose Mourinho hailed him as the “maestro” and his assist for Andre Schurrle was simply world class.

The classy Spaniard has nothing to prove, but he has returned to England on the back of a somewhat mediocre - by his exceptionally high standards – season in with Barcelona.

In the 21st minute on Monday night, Chelsea’s new midfield dynamo produced an audacious, half-volleyed pass for Schurrle to fire home and put Chelsea 2-1 up against Burnley.

2: Aiden McGeady’s inch-perfect finish

The Irishman has come in for some criticism for his lack of goals in recent years but he showed all the qualities of a world-class finisher with a fine effort against Leicester last Saturday.

The Everton winger picked the ball up at the edge of the box and with little to aim for, curled a beauty into the top corner of the net. How Martin O’Neill and Ireland could do with similar when the European qualifiers kick off next month.

3. Ashley Young and bird poo

They say you are what you eat but don’t tell that to Ashley Young.

The Manchester United man won’t have happy memories from the opening day of the Premier League. If the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea was hard to swallow, God only knows how to describe the moment bird poo landed right in his mouth - and all caught on TV.

4:Lee Cattermole’s thunderbolt

The new season was only five minutes old when Lee Cattermole penned the start of the script for the goal of the season in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with West Brom.

The midfielder collected the ball 25 yards out from Jonas Olsson's headed clearance, steadied himself and unleashed a powerful shot into the top corner which Ben Foster could only get fingertips to.

5: Santi Cazorla

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla was the first player of the new Premier League season to feel the full force of vanishing spray to the face.

Referee Jon Moss looks like he will take some time to get use to the new gimmick which became so popular during the World Cup.



6: Pitch invader sees his free kick saved

One football fan missed the chance to become a celebrated pitch invader when he ran onto the turf at Upton Park but failed to score a free kick during West Ham’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen was lining up an effort from 25 yards when the fan ran out and hit the ball towards the goal but it was comfortably saved by Adrian.

7: Jordan Henderson’s through ball for Sterling

All the talk beforehand was whether or not Liverpool could be as creative as they were last year without Luis Suarez.

Henderson is not known for his attacking qualities, but his perfectly-weighted through ball for Raheem Sterling was simply world class.


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