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Gunners cruise, Hammers lose, refs snooze

By | 21st August 2010

Barring this evening’s late kick-off between Wigan and Chelsea, another Saturday’s Premier League action is in the books already. It goes without saying, this has been yet another eventful round of fixtures with different clubs experiencing different emotions around the country.

The emotions were certainly running high at the Emirates, where an early sending off for Blackpool’s Ian Evatt opened the floodgates for Arsenal. The Gunners, who were already leading through an early Theo Walcott strike at that point, added two more before the interval.

Upon resumption, Abou Diaby joined Walcott and Andrey Arshavin on the score sheet before the young England international completed his hat-trick with a fine strike past Matt Gilks in the Tangerines’ goal. Marouane Chamakh then added a late headed goal to seal a 6-0 win for the Gunners, who also introduced skipper Cesc Fabregas as a second-half substitute.

Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur benefitted from braces scored by Craig Gardner and Gareth Bale, respectively. Alex McLeish’s Brum defeated a resilient Blackburn side 2-1 at St. Andrews’ while Harry Redknapp’s Spurs had to overcome a Stoke side that was unfortunate not to secure a draw.

Trailing 2-1 late in the game, the Potters appeared to have scored the equalizer at the stroke of stoppage time as Peter Crouch only managed to clear the ball from inside the goal. Referee Chris Foy refused to acknowledge loud appeals from practically the entire Britannia Stadium, which left a bitter taste in the mouth following a game that had been terrific otherwise.

This afternoon’s other big winners were the Bolton Wanderers, who emphatically crushed West Ham United 3-1 at Upton Park. Carlton Cole missed the opportunity to hand the Hammers’ a lead from the penalty spot right after the half-hour mark and following an own goal from Matthew Upson, the visitors took no time to discover their rhythm.

Johan Elmander doubled the Trotters’ advantage midway through the second half and despite Mark Noble’s penalty just a few minutes later, the Swede managed to add another goal late in the game to seal a massive win for the Reebok Stadium outfit.

Walcott, Bale, Gardner, and Elmander enjoyed multiple goals but one has to give a lot of credit to Peter Odemwingie for creating a major story of his own. The Nigerian, who just joined West Brom, scored the only goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Sunderland at The Hawthorns.

The result surely helped alleviate some of the relegation fears for the Baggies that had surfaced following their 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend. As far as Everton are concerned, though, there was no redemption for them as they only managed to follow last weekend’s 1-0 defeat against Blackburn with a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton.

Tim Cahill gave the Toffees a slender lead heading into the interval but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored the leveller in the second half to leave David Moyes with a lot of work to do.



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  1. John says:

    I don't think you could have actually watched the West Ham – Bolton game. West Ham were a completely different team from last week when they lost feebly to Villa. They totally dominated Bolton, and if they could have actually taken some of their numerous chances they would have won comfortably. Bolton had a couple of route one efforts and scored.

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