The Good, Bad, and Ugly (EPL MW 5)

By Andrew Walbrown
Sep. 16, 2019

The Good: Watching Norwich City beat Manchester City 3-2

No matter what happened on Sunday and Monday, it was always going difficult to top what the Canaries were able to accomplish against the reigning champions on Saturday. The best part to me, though, is that through five matches Norwich City not only look like they belong in the Premier League, but they now have the added confidence having already beaten one Europe's best sides. Even if Norwich finish mid-table (or get relegated), Teemu Pukki and the gang will be fun group to watch every week.

The Bad: Manchester United vs Leicester City

This game was, to be plain, just bad. A bad penalty against Caglar Soyuncu in the 8th minute provided any kind of excitement for the day, which was the difference in the scoreline. From that moment until the last ten minutes of the match, nothing much happened. There were no sustained attacks by either squad, not even counter-attacks. If you are a fan of sloppy midfield play then this game was for you. Even though Manchester United walked away with 3 points, they can't be feeling good about themselves. Meanwhile the good feelings from Leicester's unbeaten start seemed to vanish at Old Trafford.

The Ugly: Arsenal's defensive strategy

In case you didn't see, Arsenal blew a 2-0 second half lead against Watford on Sunday, leaving the final score 2-2. You know, the same Watford squad that replaced its manager over the international break and went into MW5 with only 1 point. But how do you ask? It's quite simple, really: Arsenal's defense is garbage. Whether it is Sokratis being caught out of position weekly, Xhaka fouling anyone who gets near him, or David Luiz looking like he doesn't understand how soccer/football works, Arsenal's defense will be its undoing. If the Gunners don't fix their backline, they'll be a mid-table team by season's end. And that isn't even taking into account that often times on Sunday their three forwards were so close to one another they could have held hands. Strange tactics all around from Unai Emery.