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Premier League: Chelsea beat Arsenal, Manchester United struggle & City rally
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
In what was billed as Chelsea’s first substantial test in the Premier League this season, they managed a surprisingly impressive performance. Goals from Fernando Torres, and Juan Mata helped the Champions League winners to a vital win at the Emirates. Gervinho got the well-worked lone Arsenal goal, while Olivier Giroud crumbled under the pressure of scoring the late equalizer. The lads at We Ain’t Got No History discussed that here and also the match as a whole here
It may have been a less than league-defining result, but Chelsea will take great heart from their win; the Champions of Europe maintain their unbeaten start to the 2012/13 Premier League season. If you’re looking to place a bet, ensure that you consult the sportsbook review to find the best odds.
Chelsea visit Copenhagen in mid-week Champions League play, while Arsenal host Olympiakos in their Champions League match.
Manchester United 2-3 Spurs
What a difference seven months makes for Andre Villas-Boas, the new Spurs boss will have certainly won over some of the most ardent fans with this result at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were exposed by the pace and guile of Spurs. Manchester United’s defense, especially Rio Ferdinand, struggled with the direct pace and agility of both Gareth Bale & Jermain Defoe.
It was a frantic affair, which was always likely after Jan Vertonghen’s early strike. Full-value Premier League action but Manchester United will be frustrated they didn’t keep their second spot on the table. Early days yet, but the defensive injuries are a concern as the fixtures pile up.
Manchester United travel to Romania to take on CFR Cluj in mid-week Champions League action.
Fulham 1-2 Manchester City
Quickly becoming the new ‘heart-attack club’, Manchester City win another match late. Our friends at Bitter and Blue have provided five thoughts on Manchester City’s important result at Craven Cottage here. Mancini’s side are fourth in the Premier League without really hitting the heights of their previous season. Something seems ‘off’ about City this season, so far. A brutal late 3-2 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu, vs Real Madrid, may have quelled early season hopes of a European challenge but they certainly have a chance in this year’s Group of Death.
Manchester City host Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund in mid-week Champions League action.
What are your thoughts on the weekend’s Premier League matches?