BPL Recap, Highlights: Arsenal earn late draw, QPR, Redknapp humbled, more


Staff Writer

Arsenal struggled for most of the 90 minutes against Everton, but had a fantastic last 10 minutes to earn a share of the points against the Toffees.

The Gunners struck twice in a seven minute span in the 2-2 draw. First Aaron Ramsey tapped in from a Santi Cazorla low cross unmarked at the back post. Olivier Giroud, who struggled against Besiktas in the midweek Champions League play-off, rescued the point. Initially, Ramsey’s cross looked too far, but Nacho Monreal reached it before it went out of play. His inch-perfect cross was nodded in by the French striker in the 90th minute.

Everton were dominant for the first 80 minutes, harkening to the Toffees 3-0 dismantling of Arsenal a season ago. Seamus Coleman was unmarked at the far post and headed in a Gareth Barry cross to give Everton the lead. The Toffees doubled the advantage just before halftime. Brilliant play from Romelu Lukaku shrugged off a Per Mertesacker challenge and then played a ball into Steven Naismith. While Naismith was wrongly not judged offside, the striker turned the ball in past Wojciech Szczesny.

While it was a poor capitulation from the Toffees, the Gunners showed some worrying signs problems against big teams could repeat. However, credit must be given as they were able to snatch a draw from defeat, where they may not have done a year ago.

Other Premier League Results

1. Tottenham dominate in Redknapp’s return– Tottenham didn’t roll out the red carpet as Harry Redknapp returned to White Hart Lane with Queens Park Rangers. Instead, the Spurs put the R’s to the sword with a 4-0 victory.

Tottenham scored three first half goals and Emmanuel Adebayor put a bow on the game with the fourth goal in the 65th minute.

Nacer Chadli had a strong game with his brace. Adebayor played in a cross from the left and Chadli chested it down before beating Robert Green in the 12th minute. His second came in the 37th minute with a header from Erik Lamela‘s cross.

Eric Dier followed up on his winner last week at West Ham with a goal in the 30th minute. From the corner, Dier beat new QPR signing Leroy Fer to the ball and headed home from Lamela’s corner.

QPR has now started the season with back to back losses.

2. Manchester United still look average– Under Louis van Gaal‘s system, there is expected to be an adjustment period for Manchester United. However, it hasn’t been smooth by any means.

The backline looks week and moving forward the club couldn’t capitalize with a nervous Sunderland defense.

Jack Rodwell lifted the Black Cats into a draw with his header in the 30th minute. Poor marking allowed Rodwell a free header and he didn’t make a mistake for the equalizer.

The Red Devils had the lead in the 17th minute through Juan MataAntonio Valencia whipped in a dangerous low cross and Mata was unmarked to tap in at the back post. It showed the potential of United, but it didn’t happen nearly enough. A not fully fit Robin van Persie also didn’t help the cause.

With Angel Di Maria soon to be joining, it will add another attacking piece at van Gaal’s dsiposal. However, the defense is what needs to be sorted.

3. Chelsea continue to roll– Chelsea played against a newly-promoted team for the second week in a row and again flashed their attacking muscle in their 2-0 victory over Leicester.

Diego Costa scored his second goal for the Blues on his second shot on target in the Premier League. Branislav Ivanovic‘s cut back was chested down by Costa, who fired in from close-range in the 63rd minute.

The lead was doubled in the 77th minute through Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger cut in past Marc Albrighton and fired past Kasper Schmeichel.

It was also a special moment as Didier Drogba made his return to Stamford Bridge in a Blues shirt. He replaced Costa in the 80th minute.

While Leicester was unable to get anything from the game, there was many positives to take away.

4. Strong debut by Zarate for West Ham– Crystal Palace were expected to struggle amid Tony Pulis‘ departure and they have. They were thoroughly outplayed by West Ham, who ran out as 3-1 winners.

Debutant Mauro Zarate put the Hammers ahead with a classy finish. Mark Noble‘s shot was blocked and the ball came into the path of Zarate, who scored from a volley 20 yards out in the 34th minute.

Stewart Downing then added a goal three minutes later. He cut in from the right and then and found the top corner with his strike from just outside the box. Carlton Cole competed the fine performance from West Ham turning in a loose ball in the box from a free-kick in the 62nd minute.

Marouane Chamakh tallied for Palace in the 48th minute. The striker beat Adrian with a 20-yard strike towards the near post.

5. Dyer goal sinks Burnley– After a win against Manchester United in their season opener, Swansea followed that up with a 1-0 win against Burnley.

Nathan Dyer‘s strike in the 23rd minute was the difference. Dyer was played in by Gylfi Sigurdsson and then fired his shot past goalkeeper Tom Heaton at the near post. Heaton possibly should have done better.

The Clarets were on top of the game in the second half, but couldn’t find a way through. A resolute performance from the Swans saw them take all three points at home.

6. Stoke score late to draw 10-man Hull– Ryan Shawcross rescued a point for Stoke City amid some controversy.

Stoke were awarded a throw-in despite Liam Rosenior‘s clearance taking a deflection off of Erik Pieters. In the ensuing throw, Shawcross eventually bundled the ball over the line in the 83rd minute.

Hull were reduced to 10 men in the 14th minute when James Chester took down Glen Whelan on his way through to goal. However, it was the Tigers that went ahead just before halftime. Nikica Jelavic tallied after Tom Huddlestone‘s initial effort was parried by Asmir Begovic.

7. Pair of 0-0s– When the full 90 minutes had gone from both the Aston Villa-Newcastle and Southampton-West Brom games, the less said may be the better.

For Villa, Brad Guzan, who could be set to take the United States Men’s National Team number one jersey, earned his second clean sheet of the season. However, it was the lack of real chances in that contributed to the lackluster 0-0 draw.

The other 0-0 game followed a similar pattern with little chance creation. Shane Long made his debut for Southampton as Brown Ideye did the same for West Brom. Ideye had the best chance to break the deadlock, but was denied in a one-on-one situation by Ben Foster.

8. Tasty Monday fixture to come– Two teams expected to finish in or around the Top Four are set to face each other on Monday. Manchester City will host Liverpool in what could have been even better if the Reds completed their move for Mario Balotelli in time.

Here is the current Premier League table:

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