There were two games in the Premier League yesterday. Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium in the first of the games, while Huddersfield got a really impressive 2-0 win at Molineux against Wolves in the later kick off.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal
Arsenal’s 2-1 win on the south coast was a good one. The Vitality is a very difficult place to go, especially as Eddie Howe has his side playing quite well. The Cherries have now lost their last three games in a row – all 2-1 – but they’ll argue that they should have picked up some points yesterday. In fact, they should have taken a first half lead when David Brooks had the ball in the net but was wrongly ruled out for offside. Bournemouth were quite good, but I think Arsenal shaded it and deserved to win the game.
The Gunners took the lead through a Jefferson Lerma own-goal, which will definitely be a contender for own-goal of the season. Josh King equalised for the Cherries just before the break after a devastating counter-attack when Bournemouth won the ball inside their own box. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded off a good Arsenal move in the second half, tapping in from Sead Kolasinac’s ball across the box after the Bosnian was played in behind by Alex Iwobi.
Arsenal remain fifth after the win, but are now just one point behind Chelsea. The win gives them a much needed boost ahead of next Sunday’s north London derby, when they host Tottenham at the Emirates. Bournemouth are now eighth as their tricky run of fixtures starts to take its toll. They have a lot of tricky fixtures between now and the new year, and may struggle to pick up points.
Wolves vs Huddersfield
Aaron Mooy’s double has lifted Huddersfield all the way up to 14th in the table, which is fairly unbelievable. The Terriers have begun to come good, and are now unbeaten in three. They’ve beaten Fulham and Wolves and drawn with West Ham during those games. Maybe writing them off at the start of the season was premature again, just like last season. They’ll fight throughout the season and have a chance of staying up. Scoring goals may still be a problem for them, though. Looking at a new striker in January could really help their chances.
But, for now, they’re two points clear of the drop zone. Wolves are 11th after just picking up a single point from their last five games. They’re finding things difficult at the moment.
Burnley vs Newcastle
Burnley host Newcastle at Turf Moor tonight, with the game set to kick off at 8pm. I’m not convinced that’ll be a very good game for some reason!
Eden Hazard is off talking about leaving Chelsea again. He just keeps hinting and hinting and hinting.
He told Canal Plus: “For now I’m staying at Chelsea. I have one year left in June. If I don’t extend, it [a move] is possible. I can’t see myself leaving in January. I wouldn’t do that to the club, to the fans. Next summer it’s a possibility, but it’s also possible that I spend the rest of my career at Chelsea.”
“There has been contact in the past with PSG but I haven’t been tempted,” he added. “If I have to go back to France one day, it would be to Lille. But today, there is no chance that I’ll come back in the French league.”
Hazard must be one of the only players ever that speaks like this and gets a free pass. If other players constantly spoke about leaving their club, they’d be absolutely hammered. He gets away with it because he’s so good and so important for Chelsea, but I do find it a bit strange that he’s not getting hammered for it. Other players would be hounded out of their club for carrying on like that.
Chelsea aren’t in a great position when it comes to his contract, though. At the end of this season, he’ll have just one year remaining on his deal. So, if he doesn’t sign a new contract, they’re going to have to sell him. There’s absolutely no way they can let that much money go down the drain. It would also be interesting to see how much they get for him. Obviously, he’s worth a fortune, but when players have just one year left they can go for less than their worth. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but surely if he keeps talking like this, people will begin to turn on him.
I’ll leave it there for today. I have a lot of work to do for this week’s article, because I haven’t even started it yet. It’s going to be on the history of the north London derby. So I’m going to go off and start researching that now before I head to work. I’ll be back tomorrow, and any news doing the rounds will be on Twitter. Have a good one.