Week Two: Some Post-match Feuilleton
Arséne Wenger’s new project is to win the league with the reserve team; Kenny Dalglish needs to rethink his lineup; Manchester City proves the old addage that success can’t buy happiness, but then again who needs happiness; Manchester United’s experienced inexperienced youth; that Harry Redknapp sagging deadpan expression of being underwhelmed when overwhelmed sums up Tottenham nicely.
Arsenal 0—Liverpool 2
Depletion and woe weren’t deemed adequate punishment for Arsenal, so the Furies decided to toss in an injury crises and bad luck just to be safe. The home opener at the Emirates was witness to an Arsenal squad comprised of reserves and tyros with almost no Premier League experience. Liverpool should have won this game handily, but encountered a spirited Arsenal side reduced to 10 men after an impressive Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off for youthful zeal, which proved Liverpool is far from formidable.
Andy Carroll played about seventy minutes. It wasn’t his fault that Liverpool’s strategy devolved into kicking the ball toward his head to see what would happen. It didn’t take long to see that nothing came of this, yet Liverpool continued for another sixty minutes. Liverpool finally took control of the game when Luis Suarez and Raul Mierieles came on late and scored an offside goal. It’s a good sign that Miereles has established himself in the league, because Jordan Henderson clearly isn’t ready despite Kenny Dalglish’s insistence to start him.
Arsenal are suffering from a degree of misfortune that exceeds the fair amount they have brought upon themselves, while the emerging belief of restoration around Anfield should be kept in the shorts until results prove decisively alluring. The match is a good example that a win, no matter how unimpressive, can boost a club’s confidence, and that a loss, truly mitigated by handicap and misfortune, still can be a blow to the psyche.
Bolton 2—Manchester City 3
Manchester City continues to prove after two whole weeks that they look like title contenders. But has there ever been a club with so much going for it that has so many disgruntled stewing young men on the bench?
Manchester United 3—Tottenham 0
Ouch. Tottenham look like a team who was recently in the Champions League, but was not capable of repeating the feat the following year, and as a result, is unable to sign or sell players, and, after the first week’s match was cancelled due to social unrest, look to be finding the new season deeply underwhelming.
Not to mention, they were beaten by a young Manchester United, the new Manchester United with David de Gea starting every La Liga game last season with Athletico Madrid and making 49 appearances in total; Tom Cleverly with 25 appearances on-loan at Wigan last season; Danny Wellbeck with 26 appearances on-loan at Sunderland and featuring prominently after Darren bent left; and Phil Jones with 28 appearances at Balckburn last season.