Monday, 14 September 2009

Adebayor leaves his mark in Arsenal match

What a silly boy!

That's all you can say about Emmanuel Adebayor, after his contribution against his former employees for Manchester City, as they destroyed Arsenal 4-2 at Eastlands.

Adebayor was firstly involved in a terrible challenge on Robin van Persie, as he raked his boot down van Persie's face in an incident unseen by the referee. Adebayor then took advantage of a cross from Shaun Wright Phillips and headed home before setting off on a celebratory run down the touchline all the way to the other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans.

The fans who used to adore him were busting a gut to get onto the pitch, and had it not been for the stewards, this could have turned very nasty indeed.

Adebayor has since apologized but will surely face a charge for one, if not both of the incidents that he was involved in.

The match itself was a strange one, City went ahead through Micah Richards, although his header came off the post and rebounded back into the net via Almunia's head, so that will go down as an own goal.

Arsenal then levelled thanks to Van Persie's effort from the edge of the box, before Craig Bellamy put City back in front with just 15 minutes to go, Adebayor's controversial moment followed to make it 3-1, before Wright-Phillips made it 4-1 with just 6 minutes left on the clock. Tomas Rosicky then converted a simple chance on his return to complete the scoring.

Chelsea lead the way at the top as they kept their 100% record going thanks to a last minute win at Stoke, the Potters had taken the lead through Abdou Faye in the first half, however Didier Drogba hit back late on in the same half. It was in the final minute of injury time that Florent Malouda scored the winner to nick the points.

Man Utd are in second place after a barnstorming comeback against Tottenham, who had taken the lead in the first minute thanks to Jermaine Defoe's spectacular overhead kick, but United levelled through a Ryan Giggs free kick, remember he used to do that long before David Beckham & Christiano Ronaldo came along!!

Anderson scored his first competitive goal for United before half time, and Wayne Rooney finished things off in the second half to keep United within 3 points of Chelsea. Paul Scholes was sent off for a second yellow and will now miss one game for the Reds.

Aston Villa are up to 5th place as they took the honours in the Brummie battle, after their 1-0 victory at Birmingham, thanks to Gabi Agbonlahor's late goal.

Liverpool move into 6th, after their Yossi Benayoun inspired 4-0 victory over Burnley at Anfield, where the Israeli scored a hat trick, with the other goal coming from Dirk Kuyt.

Sunderland are in a healthy position in 7th, after they despatched Hull 4-1 at the Stadium of Light, Darren Bent grabbing a brace, with Andy Reid smashing in a long range effort, and Michael Turner - making his debut after signing from Hull - headed in the fourth and final goal. Kamill Zayatte had initially levelled for Hull.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Fulham got their first win of the season after beating Everton at the Craven Cottage yesterday, and they came from behind to do it, as Tim Cahill gave Everton a half time lead, before goals from Paul Konchesky & Damien Duff ensured the points went to the Londoners, whilst Everton remain second bottom.

Bottom of the pile are Portsmouth, who have lost all 5 games so far, they had a bit of a ding dong battle with Bolton though, who were pegged back twice before finally scoring the winner. Tamir Cohen smashed home the first goal for Wanderers, before Younes Kaboul headed home the equalizer. Former Pompey player Matt Taylor then scored from the spot to restore Bolton's lead, but then early into the second half Kevin Prince-Boateng levelled things up on his debut, before a goal two minutes from time from Gary Cahill secured the points for Gary Megson's men.

Blackburn beat Wolves at Ewood Park, thanks to goals from El-Hadji Diouf, Jason Roberts, and David Dunn, whilst debutant Stefan Maierhofer pulled one back for Wolves.

Wigan returned to winning ways after their 1-0 home win over West Ham, Hugo Rodellega scoring the all important winner for the Latics.

So, an all action weekend then, with plenty of controversy, we'll see what happens this week with the Emmanuel Adebayor situation, but my guess is he'll get some kind of ban from the FA.

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