As another weekend of Premier League action passes us by, it’s time to take stock and decide which players were a help or a hindrance to their sides over the weekend.
Hero: Mo Salah
What can else can you say about Mo Salah? The Anfield faithful were on their feet once again to salute their Egyptian talisman after he scored a brace to help sink Arsenal on Saturday. His second goal on the night was a sublime run from out wide, cutting inside after leaving David Luiz for dead, before confidently lashing the ball into the far corner, past Leno.
Go and check it out for yourself, if you haven’t already, it’s pretty special. The winger has now been involved in goals during his last six matches against the Gunners, he just loves playing against them!
Villain: David Luiz
Remember when Gary Neville infamously likened David Luiz’s erratic displays to a jittery PlayStation avatar? Well, the former Chelsea man was in one of those moods again on Saturday. Maybe it was Salah and Firmino tormenting him or the general chaos caused by Liverpool’s pressing game, whatever it was, Luiz was all over the place and at fault for two of the goals, giving away a sloppy penalty which effectively killed the game as a contest. Arsenal fans will be fuming with this display; they have every right to expect so much more from the experienced Brazilian.
Hero: Tammy Abraham
What a way to silence the critics! Yes, there will be sterner and more important tests ahead for Tammy Abraham in his Chelsea career, but he showed on Saturday that he can lead the line for his side with real authority. He was a presence all day at Carrow Road as he bagged his first two goals for the Blues.
His first was real beauty as well, slamming home a peach of a strike from Ceasar Azpilicueta’s swinging cross in from the left. More of the same is definitely needed as Frank Lampard looks to bed in as Chelsea boss.
Villain: Florin Andone
Tool of the week has to go to Brighton forward Florin Andone. In the space of a few mad seconds, the Romanian undid his side’s really positive start to the season by flying in high on Southampton’s Yan Valery.
It was a brutal stamp down on the Frenchman’s leg which could have caused so much damage had he caught a standing leg. A straight red card was duly brandished and his teammates were left to play out 60 mins with ten men. Woeful stuff.
Hero: David Silva
The little Spaniard gets a special mention this week. 400 games up for City was suitably marked by another masterly display of creativity and all-round footballing genius. It can be easy to take the greatness of Silva for granted at times, but on Sunday against Bournemouth, he was at his sensational best. He had a hand in all three goals, including two lovely assists, first for Sterling and then for Aguero. He has now created a ludicrous 745 chances in the Premier League and registered 83 assists. Legend.
Villain: Theo Walcott
Oh, Theo! The affable Everton forward is an early contender for miss of the season after his howler against Villa on Friday night. The 30-year-old was presented with a golden chance to draw his side level in the second half, having been played in superbly by Moise Kean with a squared pass across the face of goal. From no more than five yards out, the former Arsenal man somehow skewed the ball over the bar. Kean was furious, Villa fans were jubilant and poor Theo looked a little confused by it all.