This week's performance of the week was Arsenal’s 5-2 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur.
Following the defeat to Milan in the Champions League and FA Cup exit at Sunderland, Arsenal’s season was in danger of imploding as they trailed their North London rivals by two goals on home soil after little more than half-an-hour.
In this, their 150th league meeting, Tottenham Hotspur looked like increasing their chances of finishing above their hosts for the first time since 1995 when former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor became only the second player after Jimmy Robertson to score for both teams in derby matches.
Indeed, Spurs fans were looking forward to back-to-back league wins at the home of the Gunners for the first time since 1926.
Harry for England!
Premier League performance of the week goes to Harry Redknapp of Tottenham (hopefully soon England.)
The Spurs boss woke up on Wednesday morning with the possibility of ending the day in prison. Instead, he went to his bed dreaming of becoming England’s next manager.
Harry was cleared of two charges of evading tax after a 13-day trial before being installed as odds-on favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England boss following the Italian’s shock resignation.
The week ended with a resounding 5-0 win against Newcastle United that keeps Spurs on track for a Champions League place and maintains the possibility of their first title since 1961. And to continue Harry’s magic touch in the transfer market, the five-goal salvo included a brace from
This week's goal of the week surprisingly goes to Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) for his goal at Manchester City.
Due to Mario Balotelli’s last gasp penalty and Jermain Defoe being unable to convert the glaring chance that Wales star had set-up, Gareth Bale’s top quality strike in the clash at the Etihad Stadium was in vain.
Nonetheless, his clinical finish from the edge of the box was of such high calibre that Sunday newspaper transfer speculation of a £150 million price tag seem a little less far fetched.
Gareth Bale was named earlier in the week as the only Premier League player to be selected in the UEFA team of 2011.
After their best start to a league season since their famous double-winning side of 1960-61, Tottenham Hotspur’s title ambitions were dented on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.
The goal that denied Spurs another three-point reward also meant they have become the first club to concede a total of 1,000 goals in the history of the Premier League.
The current top ten of all-time Premier League goals conceded is, as follows
This week's suspension list does not include Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill who successfully appealed against his controversial red card at Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.
Here's those who do appear on the current list though:
Three Match Ban (29/11,03/12,11/12)
Four Match Ban (03/12,10/12,17/12,20/12)
Winner of this week's Goal of the Week is Jermain Defoe:
- Having been given a tough test at West Bromwich Albion, Jermain Defoe gave Tottenham Hotspur a crucial lead with a devastating counterattack goal on 81 minutes.
- Emmanuel Adebayor's backheel close to the halfway line sent Defoe charging forward before he finished with a clinical low drive from 20 yards out.
- Spurs went on to clinch the ninth win in their last ten Premier League
Performance of the Week: Brad Friedel
(Photo by James Boyes)
- In a season that has so far been dominated by the astounding number of high scoring games, this week the goalkeepers fought back.
- With notable nods of appreciation towards Ali Al Habsi of Wigan Athletic, Swansea City’s Michel Vorm and Petr Cech of Chelsea, this week’s AFS Performance of the Week award goes to the grand old man of Premier League keepers... Tottenham Hotspur’s Brad Friedel.
- With Fulham putting the Spurs defence under intense pressure during the second-half at Craven Cottage, a string of fine saves from the 40 year-old maintained the visitors winning run.
- Although manager Harry Redknapp’s recovery from
- Bale’s second of the game ended an unlikely QPR comeback as Spurs moved level on points with Chelsea and Newcastle United in the Premier League table.
- Man of the Match Scott Parker advanced in to the QPR half before passing to Rafael Van der Vaart. He found Aaron Lennon who clinically exchanged a triangle of passes with Bale on the edge of the box before the Welsh star coolly guided the ball into the top corner with his lethal left foot.
- It brought Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to his feet and drew applause from QPR manager Neil Warnock.
- Before this game, Bale hadn’t scored a Premier League goal at White Hart Lane since New Year’s Day.
- In emphasising that he has the ability of making the game seem simple, he later said: “Scoring goals is an
Premier League previews for Sunday 28 August:
Manchester United & Arsenal
This will be the 46th time that managers Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have met in Arsenal v United encounters. In all competitions, Sir Alex has won 19 games to Arsene's 15, with 11 drawn (excluding penalty shoot-outs).Manchester United have won 21 of their last 22 Premier League games at Old Trafford.Arsenal have won only two of their 13 Premier League games.
Newcastle United & Fulham
Fulham have lost only one of their last six visits to Newcastle United (all Premier League).Opposition players have been sent-off in three of Newcastle United’s last five Premier League games.Currently standing on 99 losses, Fulham will be trying not to become