Liverpool are better off with Luis Suarez than insipid Torres
Premier League talking points from Liverpool's striker to Arsenal's defence
A LOT has been written about Liverpool's striker shortage and their reliance on Luis Suarez. There has also been a lot written about Suarez and his relative merits as a footballer and a person. But one thing was clear at Stamford Bridge yesterday, if you have to get by with one recognised striker then Suarez is the man for the job. The controversial Uruguayan was a model of industry and commitment against Chelsea and was on hand to head home the Reds' equaliser and earn them a deserved point. Liverpool fans may reflect that while the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea in January 2011 sparked many of the problems the club now faces, they are lucky not to be relying on the Spaniard during their current crisis. The £50m man turned in another insipid performance for the Blues against his former club.
Fergie's comeback kings do it again
Manchester United came from behind yet again against Aston Villa on Saturday. It was the eighth time this season that Fergie's men have fallen behind only to end up winning the match. Once again it was Javier Hernandez who inspired the United comeback, and the Mexican striker has now scored seven goals in his last five games (eight if you believe he should be credited with a hat-trick even though United's second ricocheted in off a Villa defender). But while United's ability to respond to adversity should be applauded, Ferguson may be more concerned about the fact that his side have conceded two or more goals on eight occasions this season. Interestingly they have not yet drawn a match this term.
Dzeko earns unwanted super-sub tag
If Javier Hernandez is Manchester United's super-sub, then Edin Dzeko is fulfilling the same role in the blue half of Manchester. The Bosnian came off the bench once again against Spurs and scored the winner two minutes from time, to lift Manchester City up to second in the table and keep them hot on the heels of United. Dzeko has six goals so far this term and five of them have come when he has come off the bench. Of those five, three have been match-winners. The striker has made it clear he does not relish the super-sub tag and wants to start games, but whether Roberto Mancini, who appears to have adopted an increasingly antagonistic approach to his players, is listening remains to be seem.
Hammers flying high
It came as no surprise that the match between Newcastle and West Ham was settled by someone with connections to both clubs. Toon manager Alan Pardew used to manage West Ham, while the Londoners had both Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan in the side, and it was Nolan who scored the only goal of the game. The result leaves the Londoners up in sixth place, above the likes of Arsenal and Spurs. Sam Allardyce might not be the most popular manager the Upton Park faithful have ever had, but he is doing a great job making the Hammers look at home in the top flight.
Another weekend another crisis for Arsenal
Arsenal began the weekend with the meanest defence in the Premier League, but after shipping three goals at home to Fulham, the old worries about the back four have been flooding back. On a weekend when Olivier Giroud scored twice and Lukas Podolski also found the target it was typical of Arsene Wenger's luck that the defence should cave in. If it's not one thing it's another for the Gunners at the moment. And spare a thought too for Mikel Arteta, having been lauded all season as the lynchpin of the Arsenal midfield he had a shocker against the Cottagers and missed the last minute penalty that could have earned his side the points. Arsenal fans can give up on the league now, they already trail leaders Man United by 11 points.