Game-week 30: Review

The return of the premier league was met with great fanfare. The game-week, which lasted for five days, gave fans the leisure of watching a game every day. It was a surreal experience for us all, maybe not for the Arsenal fans. There were still lots of moments to recall from the restart.

I’ll be taking you through some key moments from Game-week 30 of the Premier League.

Foden Takes his Chance.

In many teams, youngsters play prominent roles in the team. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, and Madrid’s Fede Valverde are but a few wonderkids taking the soccer world by storm. 

Yesterday, we had another rare look at another wonderkid in Phil Foden. The Manchester City Starlet had one of his best-ever performances, bar his Carabao Cup performance. His selection over Sterling was an unexpected one, but he vindicated his manager’s decision. His goals on the day were not even the most prominent part of his complete performance. His deft touches, arrogance with and without the ball, and the no-look passes were phenomenal–maybe even Scholesesque. 

He will surely be giving his manager lots of selection dilemmas in the coming weeks. What a player he is and will turn out to be.

Milivojevic leads Crystal 

How many set-piece takers are more proficient that Luca Milivojevic? He always delivers from the spot–thanks to Zaha’s exquisite dribbling; he also scores the seasonal free-kick. It must feel great knowing you have someone able to provide such moments of football magic.

Arsenal Rue Misfortunes

Where do we start? 

…The last-minute winner by Neal Maupay, or David Luiz’s impact sub performance. Wherever we decide to start from, it was indeed a terrible Premier League restart for the Gunners. 

Apart from the dramatic losses they faced this game-week, the injury to one of their best players, in-form keeper Bernard Leno, would be devastating. There is no need to worry, though. As long as Emiliano Martinez proves a better substitute than David Luiz, all will be well. 

On a positive note, Arsenal has a bright future ahead of them, with a handful of promising players coming up. Watch out for Saka and Nketiah in the coming weeks–I am confident they will soon show their worth to the team.

Super-Subs: Adama Traore, Paul Pogba

Adama Traore. Adama Traore. Adama Traore. 

The La Masia graduate has stormed the premier league and defenders this season. His dribbling, direct running, and imposing physique were a constant threat to the opposition. It was indeed a perfect performance by the Wolves forward, capped with yet another assist for Raul Jimenez. Who knows how much longer he will be at the club, as the fight for his signature intensifies.

United was finding it difficult to break down Mourinho’s compact and well-drilled side. It took a cheeky piece of footwork and football intelligence from Pogba, who earned a penalty–one he would not be allowed to take– that allowed Manchester United pull level against Spurs. Many would argue that he could have made a more significant impact had he been brought on earlier. United take on Sheffield United next, and fans would be expecting to see more performances like that from Paul.

Notable Mentions:

City’s Squad Depth

City made eight changes to their starting lineup for the match against Burnley and still gave them a solid high-five! Speak of squad depth.

Giroud takes his chance

Giroud must have been one of the happier players this Game-week, scoring Chelsea’s winning goal in a 2-1 comeback over Villa. Lampard’s trust paid out for a player who thought his Chelsea career was over.

Liverpool’s Victory delayed.

Liverpool played out a dull 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby. They were lucky not to lose the game during the final few minutes of the game. Salah was deprived of an opportunity to come on and make an impact, because of an injury to Matip. The wait for the title continues, for now.

Enjoy the next game week and subscribe for more Game-week Reviews. 

Success! You're on the list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: