Ledley's Talking Points: Thrilling Encounters, Transfer Drama and Referee Rants
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Liverpool ended Man City’s unbeaten start in sensational style with what could be the game of the season. There was energy, great finishing and most importantly, belief from the Reds. It was a thrilling game that saw Klopp’s side go 4-1 up, with a flurry of Man City attacks towards the end pulling it back to 4-3 and making sure we had an exciting finish. The final result was a fair one.
Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal looks imminent, with Man Utd swooping in to snatch the Chilean from City’s grasp. And the evidence from Sunday is that Arsenal will really miss him. The Gunners look the worst they have in decades right now, and Wenger missed the chance to sell Sanchez in the summer in order to rebuild. There’s still time to turn it around, but without Sanchez it could be a long season for Arsenal.
West Ham looked much improved in their 4-1 win at the John Smith’s stadium. Huddersfield were outclassed and Moyes has managed to get the best out of Arnoutavic, who now looks like the Hammers’ star player with six goals in seven Premier League games. Moyes admits he can be a difficult player to manage, but says, “he’s trying to show the West Ham fans that he is not what people think, but a really good player worth every penny the club paid for him.”
Crystal Palace are now 12th in the table after another win, this time against Burnley who are now without a win in six games. After winning just one of their opening 13 games, Palace have now lost just one of their last 12 in the league. The bottom half of the table is now quite tight, with just six points separating 10th place Watford and 18th place Stoke, who face Man United tonight.
It was another tough weekend for Leeds, who suffered their third defeat on four games with a 1-0 defeat at Ipswich. Samu Saiz is facing a six-game ban for spitting at a Newport player in the FA Cup third round, and midfielder Eunan O’Kane was sent off at Portman Road, adding to the misery. Leeds are now down to 7th in the Championship.
Derby are now unbeaten in eight Championship games, winning six of those and moving into second spot. They’re 10 points behind league leaders Wolves, who could only draw at Barnsley, and two points ahead of Cardiff, who did win at the weekend – their first in six games.
Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson launched a searing attack on the matchday officials after his side’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth: “We’re just getting poor officials. The goal is a clear foul, and the linesman is laughing about it. They’re part-time, the standard’s appalling, the fitness levels at this level are a disgrace. What would I like the FA to do? Shoot them.”
The Legends scored 59 points in a tough week, finishing outside of the top 30 in the weekly league table. Ledley and Jermaine Jenas managed just six points while Shaun Wright-Phillips pulled 17 out of the bag and Paul Robinson earned points 16.
Top 6 picked wins
Spurs (won 4-0)
Arsenal (lost 1-2)
Bradford (lost 1-2)
Luton (lost 0-2)
Top 6 picked Draws
Palace 1-0 Burnley
Liverpool 4-3 Man City
WBA 2-0 Brighton
Hudd 1-4 West Ham
Newcastle 1-1 Swansea
Watford 2-2 Southampton
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