It was a busy Sunday in the Premier League, as Manchester United hosted Everton and Chelsea welcomed London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in back-to-back showdowns.
If you missed any of the action, we’ve put together a Super Sunday social recap on these two great contests.
First, United got things going as Angel Di Maria was once again the driving force behind the new-look Red Devils. He opened the scoring with his third goal in five matches:
Angel Di Maria wants to know when everyone else in the Premier League is going to start trying.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT)October 5, 2014
It takes a lot for a player to be worth £60 million. Di Maria, though.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)October 5, 2014
Most foreign players take time to adapt to PL football, but if Di Maria is still adapting then heaven help his future opponents.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)October 5, 2014
Later, Radamel Falcao also contributed his first Premier League goal, and it proved to be the difference in the end.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt)October 5, 2014
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970)October 5, 2014
But it was really David De Gea’s day to shine as he made a few outstanding saves and earned MOTM honors.
1 - Leighton Baines has missed a penalty for the first time in @premierleague history (14/15). Imperfect.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe)October 5, 2014
In case you were wondering what this “incident” was that delayed Sunday’s London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal, maybe this picture will clear it up:
— Football Away Days (@awaydays_)October 5, 2014
Galatasaray were already down 2-0 to Arsenal when the throng of away fans - clearly uninspired by what they saw - began throwing dozens of flares onto the pitch (WATCH it here), briefly interrupting Wednesday’s match.
During the stoppage, vice-captain Wesley Sneijder went over to the fans to try and calm them down, knowing full well that in this day and age, UEFA are doling out punishment for fan behavior left and right.
Strangely enough, though, it might be Arsenal who get in trouble:
On the flares, Arsenal are responsible for checking fans so could face UEFA fine— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) October 1, 2014
The Turkish fans’ performance didn’t exactly “light a fire” under their team. Galatasaray fell further behind before getting a lone consolation goal on a second-half penalty as Arsenal won 4-1.
Here are some more pictures, courtesy of Reuters:
This about sums up Arsenal’s performance in Dortmund on Tuesday: Lukas Podolski couldn’t find his shinguards after being told to come on as a second-half substitute:
Luckily, Mesut Ozil eventually loaned Podolski his.
It was Ozil’s best assist of the evening.
Arsenal have been drawn together with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage for the third time in the past four season, so perhaps it’s no wonder that Gunners fans are starting to feel completely at home in Dortmund.
Check out these Gooners making a bubble bath out of a fountain in downtown hours before their UCL opener:
In partnership with Paddy Power and Stonewall, a gay rights charity, Arsenal have stepped up to help “kick homophobia out of football” with the #RainbowLaces campaign. Everton were the first EPL team to join the cause, and hopefully more sides will throw their support behind it.
With hopes of raising awareness of the issues surrounding homophobia in football, Arsenal teamed up with Paddy Power and Stonewall to produce a short video that is as funny as it is effective.
Gunners stars Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all feature in the clip. And just to give you a little taste of what’s in store, here’s what the PP blog had to say from behind the scenes of the taping:
The director, Jim Gilchrist, asked Olivier Giroud to take inspiration for his line from a certain Hollywood blockbuster.
“What is Zoolander? I do not know Zoolander,” came the bewildered reply from the 27-year-old Chambery-born striker.
“Should I just act more French?”
We don’t want to spoil any more of the punchlines, so just give the video a watch.
Players are being urged to to show their support by lacing up with rainbow laces over the Sept. 13-14, or Rainbow Lace weekend.
And remember … COWABUNGA!
(h/t Reddit, Image: Getty)
Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrated his birthday on Friday, blowing out 21 candles (we assume) on his birthday cake.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s teammate, Jack Wilshere, however, took the cake when it came to saying, “Happy birthday.”
Wilshere posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Happy birthday to my boy @alexoxchamberlain.” The only hook? Wilshere used a photo of fellow Gunner Kieran Gibbs.
This all goes back to a game last season in March, when Oxlade-Chamberlain handled a ball inside the area against Chelsea. The referee, Andre Marriner, rightly showed a red for the infringement, but accidentally sent off Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oops! Andre Marriner mistakenly sends off Kieran Gibbs during a Premier League match against Chelsea last season (Photo: Getty Images).
Kudos to Wilshere for pulling this little gem.
Curious, though, that he’d want to dig up a game where Arsenal were blown out to the tune of 6-0.
Oh, well. Happy birthday, Ox!
Earlier this week, several Arsenal players worked on their New York City accents to gear up for the club’s first trip the United States in 25 years. Now the time has come for their opponents, NY Red Bulls, to return the favor.
Starring Ryan Meara, Chris Duvall, Eric Stevenson and Connor Lade, watch as the Red Bulls try to outdo the Gunners with their “best” British accents: