Written By Jacobs Dunga
It was a weekend of surprises in the English Premier League as week eleven witnessed some shocking and unexpected results just before the international break.
Southampton’s lone goal victory over Aston Villa on Friday night to kickstart the round preceding another gruelling international break meant that Dean Smith would lose his job after a run of five consecutive defeats with Liverpool having their run of 25 games unbeaten brought to a halt by West Ham United who stretched their winning run to four games.
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Manchester City travelled away to Old Trafford to feast on neighbours Manchester United in the opening game Saturday to move up to within three points of table toppers Chelsea who disappointedly drew at home to Burnley later in the day.
Norwich City relieved Daniel Farke of his duties just moments after overseeing their first victory of the season over Brentford at at the Community Stadium but remain rooted to the foot of the table on five points with just goals difference separating them from Newcastle United on 19th themselves who picked up a vital point at the American Express Community Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Crystal Palace moved up to 10th and withing two points of European places with a commanding victory over Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers while arsenal opened the Sunday fixtures with a one nil victory over Watford to move to fifth on the log and on twenty points. That’s the highest the Gunners have placed this season.
It was a tale of two strugglers at Goodison Park where Everton who have won just one of their last six league games made it four games without a win in a scrappy draw against Spurs who couldn’t make Antonio Conte’s touch line presence count and have now gone three without a victory nor a single shot at goal while Leeds and Leicester continue to fumble as both settled for a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Mikel Arteta after their slim victory over Watford just before the break was asked after the match what the feeling was like during the early season struggles where the Gunners failed to make any mark.
The Spanish coach disclosed he was calm and believed in the project despite adversities and was as well encouraged by fans who showed their loyalty and trust in the team.
“I told you, I think it was about what I could see around me. The belief, the sense of belonging they have to be part of our team.”
“The unity they showed in difficult moments, not to try to point at anybody. To show responsibility, leadership and courage to overcome the situation. To face the criticism because it is part of football and move forward, slowly try to engage some people and be lucky. Because we had some supporters that showed in difficult moments, that they love this club so much and they realised how important it is to play the game with them and when that happened you can see the atmosphere inside the stadium.”
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