Lackluster Arsenal Stunned by Fulham
Oh, those London derbies…North London’s Arsenal traveled to West London’s Fulham in the late game on Saturday and was outplayed by their hosts. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger’s little boys in midfield failed to get any traction in the game and the Premier League witnessed its first major shock of the season as Fulham won 1–0 on a goal by Texas-born Norwegian, Brede Hangeland.
The Premier League served up a couple of stoppage-time winners this past weekend. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard curled a right-footer into the top corner to give his team a 2–1 win over Middlesbrough and Stoke got past Aston Villa 3–2 thanks to a winner from Mamady Sidibe’s head.
Tottenham lost at home to Sunderland 2–1 after Djibril Cisse outjumped two defenders to head in the winner in the 82nd minute. This loss leaves Spurs’ with two losses to start the season. Star striker Dimitar Berbatov did not play and continues to be associated with a move to Manchester United.
In other Saturday action, Michael Owen returned to action and scored the winner as Newcastle beat Bolton 1–0; Blackburn and Hull remain undefeated after two games by playing to a 1–1 draw; Everton beat West Brom 2–1.
In Sunday action, Chelsea took over top spot in the league (on better goal differential) after beating Wigan 1–0 thanks to the second goal of the season from Deco. Manchester City beat West Ham 3–0.
In England’s version of “Monday Night Football”, Portsmouth will host Manchester United.