It’s time for the Premier League Weekly Awards, where The Football Faithful reward the very best and worst of England’s top flight from the week gone by.
Player of the Week
Four weeks into the new season and Manchester City have had three different players win this award. Ominous, isn’t it? On this occasion it goes to Sergio Aguero, who had one of those days where he was involved in just about everything. The Argentine scored two and assisted one of the Premier League champion’s four goals against Brighton on Saturday.
Roberto Firmino’s performance in Liverpool‘s 3-0 win over Burnley had him as a close runner-up.
Goal of the Week
1, 2, 3, GOAL ✅
Three touches of absolute perfection from Lacazette and the perfect tonic for @Arsenal heading into half-time
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 1, 2019
The Gunners got the equaliser through another nice finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Pass of the Week
There was nothing sophisticated or cultured about it, but Ben Chilwell hit the perfect type of pass to set up Jamie Vardy. From one half to the other the ball flew and the England striker connected with it at the exact right moment, lobbing Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
A beauty from Vardy pic.twitter.com/fjcncCf4RH
— Bands FC (@_Bands_FC) August 31, 2019
Some people call it a hoof, I like to call it a long pass.
Miss of the Week
With the score at 1-0 to West Ham United in the first half, Max Aarons whipped the ball across the box, finding Todd Cantwell in the perfect position to score.
But no more than two yards in front of the goal, he headed the ball over the bar. Norwich City went on to lose 2-0.
Stat of the Week
Palace are only the 24th team in top-flight history to score 3 goals or fewer in their opening 4 games but gain 7+ points. None of them won the league, none of them were relegated & their average finishing position was 11th. That feels right & means Palace's season is done.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) August 31, 2019
Howler of the Week
A big own goal by these Arsenal fans who celebrated a Gunners goal by lighting a flare… only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. You hate to see it.
Arsenal fans lighting flares when they score only for the goal to get disallowed pic.twitter.com/mAXhPsyxjp
— Alex Foux (@alexfoux1) September 1, 2019
Quote of the Week
While commentating on Everton’s 3-2 win over Wolves on Sunday, former Ireland manager Brian Kerr came out with this gem:
“Nuno Espirito Santo — sounds like a hymn I had to learn in school.”
VAR of the Week
There was absolutely no excuse for the Video Assistant Referee not suggesting a straight red card for Leicester City‘s Youri Tielemans‘ ankle crunching tackle on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. If it’s not assisting in the punishment of players who cause harm to their opponents, then why is it even in place?
Donkey of the Week
Not for the first time this season, we have to bestow this award on the idiotic racist football fans who abused Kurt Zouma following his own goal against Sheffield United, giving the away side an equaliser against Chelsea. Four times in four weeks. How many more times are going to have to talk about this issue?