Worst Premier League Signings Of All Time

10. David Bentley – Tottenham, £16m.

9. Massimo Taibi – Manchester United, £4.5m.

8. Christopher Samba – QPR, £12.5m.

7. Chris Sutton – Chelsea, £10m.

6. Sean Wright-Phillips – Chelsea, £21m.

5. Francis Jeffers – Arsenal, £8m.

4. Stuart Downing – Liverpool, £20m.

3. Andriy Shevchenko – Chelsea, £30.8m.

2. Juan Sebastian Veron – Manchester United, £28m.

1. Andy Carroll – Liverpool, £35m.

Four Things We Learned This Weekend in the Premier League

1) Arsenal winning the league may be more than just talk.

Arsene Wenger has reason to be in a jubilant mood.Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store His team now have a 5 point gap at the top of the table, and are playing with style and supreme confidence. Liverpool were the sternest challenge Arsenal have face this season, however the deadly combination of Luis Su Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store rez and Daniel Sturridge were expertly stifled by a resolute Arsenal. The standout man of the season, Aaron Ramsey yesterday took his goal tally to 5 in 9 games, vindicating Wenger Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store decision to keep the faith in the young Welshman. It was Ramsey that drove the team forwards, allowing Santi Cazorla and new boy Mesut Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store defence. The end of the season is a long way off, but Arsenal have clearly announced their ambitions this year. They still have to face the Premier League’s big boys, but come May, a 5 point gap now may be the difference.

2) Alan Pardew deserves more credit than he is given.

After 90 minutes at St. James’ Park, it was the home side that came away with 3 points, leaving JoChristian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store Mourinho’s Chelsea left wondering where it went wrong. The answer can be found in the way that Newcastle set up. In post-match interviews, Pardew stated that it was his intention from the start for Newcastle to sit deep, absorb the pressure from Chelsea, and not allow players such as Juan Mata and Oscar the time and space they need to impact the game. After the break, Newcastle, and the substitutions of Fernando Torres and Mata, started their inexorable progress towards winning the game. Creative in attack, and solid at the back, their display will, for now, silence the critics against Pardew and restore some much needed pride on Tyneside.


3)Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store All is well in the red half of Manchester.

Much has been made of Manchester United’s less than outstanding start to the new season. Common sense would show that a manager of Sir Alex Ferguson’s stature would leave a huge void, both in terms of tactics and man management, however that has not stopped endless column inches being devoted to how David Moyes will not be able to cope with the enormity of managing a club such as Manchester United. It was a rocky start, but there are signs that Moyes’ version of the Red Devils are beginning to gel together. All eyes are on the lethal partnership of Sturridge and Suárez, but Robin van Persie with a rejuvenated Wayne Rooney operating behind him are just as potent. Rooney, often disgruntled last season when played out of his favourited position as striker has grown into his role, and when playing well, has the power to influence the game hugely. He played a key role in all three of Manchester’s goals against Fulham, scoring one for himself. Moyes will need much more time in order to reach the heights expected of his team, but there are signs there is better to come.

4) More time is needed for Spurs.

Before the signing of Mesut Özil, many believed that it was another London club that had done the best business in the transfer market. Tottenham brought in a glut of European talent following the sale of Gareth Bale. Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, to name but a few have been bought as Tottenham try to cement themselves as a top four side. This spending spree is not without its drawbacks. Virtually the entire midfield of last season has been changed, the consequence of which has been Tottenham’s difficulty in scoring from open play this season. There are clearly players of great talent within the Spurs squad, what is now needed is time for Andre Villas-Boas to implement a system that works. Participating in the Europa League as well as domestic competitions is a bonus, as it allows the manager the maximum number of games in order to trial new ideas, formations and line-ups. While many Spurs fans will be demanding a high-placed finish this season, particularly after such a large injection of cash and players over this summer, they may be happier conceding that this season is one of building, and that glory will come later, rather than sooner.

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Assistant Referee Hit By Flare

David Bryan, an Assistant Referee, was hit by a flare thrown from the Spurs supporters’ end during their match versus Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas commented: “It is not great to see. It should be avoided completely. It touched the linesman and situations like this don’t have a place in football. I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen again.”

A spokesman from the FA said: “The FA will investigate this matter, which is unacceptable. We will await the match officials’ report and will be speaking to the clubs. Such incidents highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics being used in a football stadium.”

The Race for the Top Four

Well we are 6 games and about 6 weeks into the season and I thought it would be good for a little piece on the race for the top four. It’ll be a rundown of the teams that I think will figure in the overall shake-up. In previous Premier League seasons you could almost guarantee the top four take your pick from Arsenal, Manchester United. Manchester City and Chelsea same old faces just in a different order. Now after 6 games into the season it’s too early to say that there is a sea change but there is certainly a changing trend in the way the season started. What makes the league more interesting this year is the top 3 have all new managers. Mourinho I grant you is not new to the premier league but the league is a whole different place to the last time he was here and Chelsea is a different club.

Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store Manchester United to start off with had the biggest change with the departure of Alex Ferguson, now this really was a sea change. Sir Alex was in charge of United for 26 years and he really did build that club up to the powerhouse it is today. His very own will and character shaped that club from top to bottom. In the last 3 or 4 years you could argue United didn’t have the strongest squads but that didn’t seem to matter as they had the best manager, his very presence and the respect he commanded amongst his players at times seemed to drag his teams to achieve more than perhaps the collective sum of their talents deserved. Moyes to be fair to him inherited some serious issues at United which were well known an ageing squad Ferdinand,Evra, Vidic, Giggs & Carrick etc. the lack of a creative spark in midfield . These are all issues that all well known. Moyes was also hampered at the start of his reign with the Rooney issue which was dropped on his lap one of his star players disgruntled and unhappy was not the start he would have wished. To be fair to Moyes he has kept hold of Rooney and his demeanour and mood have certainly improved, Moye’s first transfer window wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the catastrophe that it was quite made out to be. The Fabregas saga was a farce but it was always going to take at least 2or 3 windows to get thing’s right as Moyes has to take the time to get his squad first hand their strengths their weaknesses see them first hand and what improvements needed to be made. Moyes will get the time but it’s going to be a slow process and things may end up worse before they get better but he still has some real quality on the team Van Persie and Rooney and De Gea has blossomed into a World Class Goalkeeper.

Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store Over at their noisy neighbours Manchester City have a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini whose reputation like Moyes is not necessarily built on the trophies he has won more on the fact of his work in Spain with the likes of Villarreal and Malaga. Looking in from the outside he appears to have improved the morale of his team which appeared to be eroding last season under an increasing tide of ill feeling from the playing squad to Roberto Mancini. He has brought well and addressed some of the concerns that there were about the make-up of his squad, an out and winger to provide width in Jesus Navas another strong centre midfielder in Fernandinho. City still look a centre half short with Kompany and Nastasić they have one of the best centre half parings in the league but outside of that Lescott’s form has dipped and although City have signed Demichelis, question marks still remain on whether he has the sufficient quality that they need. On Paper City certainly have the best squad the task for Pellegrini is can he mould these undoubted quality players into a consistent team that performs well on a week to week basis. City have looked awesome at times so far this season at home to Newcastle and Manchester United but away defeats to Villa and Cardiff and a draw at Stoke suggests Pellegrini still has much work to be done.

Chelsea under Mourinho have their own issues it’s a different league and a different team. Chelsea who in Mourinhos first time at Chelsea could almost bully other teams at their team with their financial muscle but with the likes of Monaco, Paris St Germain and Manchester City that is no longer the case. In His previous time at Chelsea you could almost pick a Chelsea team with your eyes closed Drogba up front with Damian Duff, Arjen Robben or Joe Cole supporting him on the flanks. Mourinho’s challenge this team is harnessing an undoubted greater array of attacking players into a cohesive team Willan, Mata, Hazard,Oscar, Schurrle and De Bruyne can’t all play. Will the lack of real goal scoring striker hurt them? Mourinho already had Torres, Ba and Lukaku yet he still chose let Lukaku go out on Loan and sign Samuel Etoo. Etoo is undoubtedly a fine striker but at 32 is he really the answer for Chelsea? Judging by the start Lukaku has made at Everton it looks as though it may have been a real mistake to let him go. Chelsea’s Player of last season Juan Mata seems to be in and out of the team. Mourinho made a perfectly cohesive argument for him not being in the team but it’s still an unfathomable decision that such a talented gifted player like Mata can’t find a consistent place in Mourinho’s team. Mourino is taking time to find his best ream he has found his formation 4-2-3-1 but now needs the time to fine tune to find the best players to fill it. Time is much need but the world knows that Chelsea do not have the most patient of owners and Mourinho is not the most patient of men it will make for an interesting watch.

Arsenal were the team that if you believed all the Hysteria around were in a permanent state of crisis no trophies in 8 years, no major signings , losing your best players year after year and the loss at the start of the season to Aston Villa. But there were encouraging signs if you looked closely enough at Arsenal this season was the first in 3 years that they didn’t lose a major player. Aaron Ramsey was already improving since the start of the year and Jack Wilshere after all his injury problems was coming back to fitness and also the continuing improvement towards the end of the season of Oliver Giroud. Come the end of the transfer window things really did change Mesut Ozil signed for them for a club record £42.5m the fans rejoiced Wenger finally opened up his chequebook. It’s just not the fact now 1 month after his signing that they have signed a genuine world class player which he undoubtedly is, it’s how much he has brought to the team. There is a sense of joy to the team and the way they play it’s like the Arsenal of old they are starting to play with a swagger and are getting more confident week by week. Ozil brings improvement all-around players want to raise their game look at Ramsey and Giroud they have taken their games to another level. Arsenal now look more resilient and stronger at the back too and more organised. They are not without their faults though there are areas of improvement that could be made in the team another centre back certainly and there is an argument to be made for a defensive midfielder thigh Flamini has been a star for them under rated he does the simple thing’s well attacks the spaces and the ball and gives it to the playmaker his role isn’t a glamorous or headline grabbing one but he is certainly effective. With the likes of Podolski, Cazorla and Walcott still to come back their squad is starting to look stronger too.

Tottenham underwent somewhat of revolution in the summer after losing their best player in Gareth Bale although always a shame to lose such a great player you could make an argument to the fact that they now have a stronger more balanced squad and less Bale dominated. The signings they have mad have some real quality too Lamela, Eriksen, Paulinho are all top quality players Lamela is one for the furture but his potential is unlimited he really is that good. Eriksen has started of really well and looks at the bargain at the fee of just over 11m. It looks increasingly likely that Spurs dodged a bullet over Willan. The team I thought would take a longer time to gel but even if that is the case they are still picking up the wins case in point the game against Cardiff, Tottenham had chance after chance the keeper had a great game but Spurs kept going and eventually got the win it could be a vital result come the end of the season and these are the type of games Spurs would need to win if they intend to make a credible title challenge. Spur like the rest of the challengers aren’t without their issues Soldado is still without a goal from open play at the time of writing and their maybe will be issues and bad results whilst Villas Boas finds his best formation and his team. But overall Tottenham have strengthened their team all over the pitch and it could be a very good season for them.

By Alex Wiseman

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Mesut Özil Scores Amazing Goal vs Napoli

Christian Louboutin Boots Outlet On Sale Store Mesut Özil scores amazing goal vs Napoli.

Wales star Aaron Ramsey assisted Ozil, who graciously side footed his shot past former Liverpool goalkeeper, Pepe Reina.

Fact: “Mesut Ozil has made 15 assists in the Champions League since August 2010, more than any other player in the competition in that time.” via Opta

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Liverpool 0 – 1 Southampton

Southampton have ended Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season with an outstanding victory at Anfield.

Dejan Lovren scored the only goal of the game after he headed home from Adam Lallana’s corner. Liverpool were left frustrated as a combination of the Southampton back-line and Artur Boruc kept the league leaders at bay. The result means it the first time the Saints have won at Anfield since 2003.

Liverpool created the opening opportunity of the match where Daniel Sturridge laid the ball off to Jordan Henderson whose side-footed effort was straight at Artur Boruc. The Southampton goalkeeper was in action again as he made a fantastic one-handed save to his right, denying Steven Gerrard from his 25-yard free-kick.

Brendan Rodgers’ side felt aggrieved when they weren’t awarded a penalty by referee Neil Swartbrick after Dejan Lovren’s challenge on Sturridge. Deadline day signing Victor Moses came close to breaking the deadlock as he ran through Nathaniel Clyne and José Fonte into the area but his strike was comfortably saved by Boruc.

At the start of the second-half, it was Southampton who almost made Liverpool pay as a sloppy pass from Daniel Agger was picked up by Clyne who found Adam Lallana in space in the penalty area and his shot was parried away by Simon Mignolet.

A needless corner given away by Liverpool led to Southampton taking the lead as Lovren outmuscled Daniel Agger to get his head on the end of Adam Lallana’s corner to score his first goal for the club since joining from Lyon in the summer.

The Saints almost doubled their advantage two minutes later, when record signing Dani Osvaldo’s low strike, from outside the 18-yard box, forced Mignolet to make an important save to his left. On the hour, Boruc made another great save to his left from Gerrard’s low free-kick to keep Southampton ahead.

Teenage left-back Luke Shaw made a dazzling run into the area, passing two Liverpool defenders, to see his shot saved by Mignolet. However, the Belgian goalkeeper had to make a further two saves from Mamadou Sakho’s deflection and to also deny the on-coming Steven Davis.

The visitors continued to frustrate the league leaders as José Fonte cleared off the line from Raheem Sterling’s cutback. It was jubilation for Mauricio Pochettino’s men at the final whistle as they ended Liverpool’s unbeaten start and moved up to sixth in the Premier League.

By Sean Gonzalez-Lambert

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Predictions – Saturday 21st September

Norwich 0 – 1 Aston Villa

Liverpool 2 – 0 Southampton 

Newcastle 2 – 1 Hull City

West Brom 1 – 1 Sunderland 

West Ham 0 – 2 Everton 

Chelsea 1 – 1 Fulham 

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