Another Monday has rolled around and with it comes the beginning of an international break. Great stuff! Two weeks without football. Well, there is football, but they’re only glorified friendlies. We’re without football this weekend, but it’s back next weekend. It could be a quiet week folks. This is a week that I really hope goes quickly, before I’m off on my holidays next week. I’ll be here every day right up to, and including, next Monday. I won’t be here on Tuesday, and then I won’t be back until the following Wednesday. Sorry, not sorry.
I was going to give out about the international break some more but maybe I’ll save that for later in the week when there’s nothing else to talk about.
There were three games in the Premier League yesterday. We’ll have a quick look at each of them now. I won’t go into huge detail on them because I don’t have that much time today, so this will be a short one.
In the early game, Unai Emery’s Arsenal beat Cardiff 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Arsenal took the lead through a bullet header from Shkodran Mustafi after 11 minutes. Cardiff equalised just before half-time after Victor Camarasa scored, following some more suspect defending by the Gunners. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal back ahead in the second half with a lovely curler from outside the box, before Danny Ward once again drew Cardiff level after he was unmarked in the box. With just under 10 minutes to play, Alexandre Lacazette got in behind Cardiff’s defence too easily, but finished wonderfully at the near post. That turned out to be the winner.
Arsenal haven’t convinced again, and may count themselves a bit lucky to get out with the win. Again, it will take time for Emery to get his ideas across to the players. We can safely say that playing out from the back doesn’t suit Petr Cech though. He looked extremely dodgy once again yesterday, and when he gifted one to Harry Arter, the midfielder should have made him pay. He shot over the bar instead. Maybe it’s time to give Bernd Leno a run out in goal. Cech has been quite good when it comes to goalkeeping in general, but he isn’t great with the ball at his feet. Leno is supposedly quite good at that part of the game. Maybe Emery will have a think about that, because they’ll be caught out soon.
Man Utd went to Turf Moor and beat Burnley 2-0. Romelu Lukaku scored twice for the Red Devils, who also had Marcus Rashford sent off. Rashford was sent off for a ‘headbutt’ on Phil Bardsley. It wasn’t a headbutt; they were squaring up to each other and Bardsley made the most out of it. It all began when Bardsley kicked out at Rashford, and tripped him up after the ball was gone. Rashford was understandably unhappy about that. Like the Richarlison red card for Everton, there was nothing in it. I don’t think either of them warranted a red card. I also think that what Bardsley did was far worse than what Rashford did. He should have went too, but he got away with a yellow.
At Vicarage Road, Watford kept up their 100 per cent winning record, and made it four wins from four in the Premier League this season by beating Spurs 2-1. It was a huge win for the Hornets, who will be buzzing after their tremendous start. Spurs took the lead through an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal, but Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart scored to put Watford into the lead. Spurs really only had one chance to get back into the game, which came from Harry Kane. He headed over the bar when he should have done better. It’s disappointing for Spurs, especially after their big win at Old Trafford on Monday night.
Watford are absolutely flying, which I’m very surprised about. I wasn’t convinced by their squad or by Javi Gracia before the season started. They’ve proven me wrong though, and have started so well. They look so well organised by Gracia, and playing Deeney and Andre Gray up front together is working out really well. Let’s see if they can keep it up now! There was also a funny moment in the game when Michel Vorm was taking a goal kick for Spurs. He wanted to pass it out to one of his defenders – Toby Alderweireld I think, but I could be wrong – but he got it all wrong and put it out for a corner. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a corner from a goal kick like that before!
Anyway, the Hornets are third and join Liverpool and Chelsea as the sides with maximum points. Fair play to them. They play Man Utd, again at Vicarage Road, after the international break. That could be a good one!
I’ll have to leave it there for now. I’ll be on Twitter throughout the day with any news that’s doing the rounds, and I’ll be back here in the morning, as always. I hope you have a tremendous Monday.