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The good, the bad and the transfer specialists

The Good

West Ham away from home – Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal are three teams that could easily finish in this season’s top four. They are also three teams who West Ham have beaten away from home this season. It’s not like West Ham have scored lucky last-minute goals or got scrappy 1 – 0 victories either; they have scored seven goals and conceded just one in their three away games this season.

 A lot of this is because of their summer signing Dimitri Payet who has had a hand in 12 goals in his last 14 league appearances (EPL and Ligue 1) I would say that I’m surprised a top six side did not try to sign Payet in the summer, but right now West Ham are a top six side. The Hammers impressive away form means that they are in third place, and they are the best team from London... according to the table. Who would have guessed it?

West Ham’s next away fixture is against Sunderland who are rock bottom in the league so expect their away form to continue. 

The Bad

Mike Dean - how do you take the excitement out of a London derby between bitter rivals Arsenal and Chelsea? You send two Arsenal players off. The first of the two was the ridiculous red card for Gunners centre-back Gabriel. Mike Dean had absolutely no control over the game and ruined it; it was not a great start to the weekend’s football. However, he wasn’t the main villain in the Arsenal vs. Chelsea game, that award goes to Diego Costa. Costa must have been a hypnotist in a previous life because he has an amazing ability to deceive referees and convince them that he is innocent; his last red card was 3 years ago. Mike Dean still gets my vote for ‘The Bad’ of the weekend though because, who likes referees?

One saving grace from Mike Dean’s refereeing is it sparked this amazing rant from BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34302203

And the transfer specialists

The city of Manchester are dominating the Premiership so far this season. Man City and Man Utd currently occupy 1st and 2nd place respectively. I put it down to the great business they have done during the summer transfer window.

Man City’s deadline day signing Kevin De Bruyne got his first goal for Man City last weekend and Raheem Sterling has been impressive this season, both players fit into the Man City squad effectively. But the best signing I believe is Nicolás Otamendi.  The Argentine has made one appearance this season and it was in Man City’s only defeat of the season, so why is he the best signing? His arrival creates a greater competition for places and this is showing. Man City have conceded 2 goals in 6 games, and before the game against West Ham they were yet to concede a single goal. The arrival of Otamendi has made Kompany and Mangala better players and Man City’s defence is currently the best in the league.

Man United have done well at the opposite end of the pitch. Who is United’s top scorer in the league? New signing Anthony Martial, Who is United’s joint – top goalscorer in the Champions League? New signing Memphis Dephay.  If you want proof that Man United have also improved their midfield during the summer just take a look at Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin’s involvement in their 45-pass goal against Southampton. Finally, Man United conducted their best bit of business by keeping hold of David De Gea who showed just how good he was on the weekend and was the difference between Man United walking away with three points and not just one.

 

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