It’s been another brilliant weekend in the Premier League, so I thought I’d try something new this week with a list of 10 things I loved about this Premier League gameweek 20 weekend that I either saw or read:
1. Cameron Jerome’s goal for Stoke to make it 3-3. Who would have thought that before today that Stoke City would have scored the best goal of the weekend? And Cameron Jerome was probably one of the last people you would expect to score it. What an incredible strike to tie it up 3-3 against Southampton.
2. Theo Walcott scores a hat trick. Walcott was on fire for Arsenal in his starting role as a central striker for the Gunners on Saturday, and he rewarded Wenger with a wonderful hat trick. Of all three goals, his third was his best when he dribbled past four players and chipped Tim Krul. Keep it up, Theo!
3. Joe Hart’s headed goal for Norwich. This is something you don’t see every day: A goalkeeper heading the ball into his own net. And if it had to happen to anyone, it’s Joe Hart who is having a much more difficult season compared to last year. City went on to win the game, but I can’t help but laugh every time I see this goal.
4. Chelsea’s first goal against Everton. Chelsea’s equalizing goal against Everton at Goodison Park today was a touch of class. Ramires’s cross was inch-perfect, and Frank Lampard’s header was sensational, sending the ball into the corner of the net.
5. Robin van Persie’s goal against West Brom. Watch the above video to see Manchester United’s Robin van Persie create space to unleash a thunderous shot into the back of the WBA net. I could watch this one over and over again, especially the ball curved into the net.
6. Kone’s goal for Wigan against Aston Villa. It was difficult decision to pick out which one of Wigan’s second and third goals on Saturday was the best. The shot from Emmerson Boyce was clinical, but I preferred Arouna Kone’s strength in splitting the Aston Villa defense apart and staying on his feet as well as rounding the keeper to put the ball into the back of the net.
7. Kun Aguero’s chipped goal against Norwich. Sergio Aguero’s goal (fast forward to minute 1:09) against Norwich was simply sublime. The way the Argentinian striker chipped the ball over the keeper with one touch, and the ecstasy in his celebrations are a joy to watch.
8. Kenwyne Jones’s back-heeled goal. Stoke City’s Kenwyne Jones has been on fire for Stoke in the last two matches, and his deft backheel touch was a perfect example of how gifted the footballer is with his feet (and not just his head).
9. Luis Suarez scores a wonderful solo goal. The Uruguayan striker demonstrated his pace and trickery Sunday at Loftus Road. First he found open space to receive a pass from Jordan Henderson. Then he showed his skill by getting past QPR defender Clint Hill before slotting the ball into the corner of the net.
10. Panini’s Football 80. The Football Attic blog has unearthed “The White Album” of football sticker albums — the 79-80 collection of British football stickers from Panini. The review of the beautifully designed collection features several wonderful images (my personal favorites are the stickers for Jimmy Bone and the picture of the official Football League ball, which — at the time — was a trendsetter).