Offside’s Weekend In Pictures: Arsenal vs. City and more
As the Premier League reconvened after the first international break of the season, Offside Sport Photography’s crack team of snappers were once again out in force across the country…
On Saturday, Mark Leech took up position at the Emirates for Arsenal’s pulsating 2-2 draw with Manchester City. It was like high-noon at times out on the pitch with both teams deciding to take a gung-ho approach to blasting away any lingering cobwebs from the international break.
Mark Leech: Merchandise on sale outside Arsenal station where a man in a monkey suit advertises a pie sale.
Mark Leech: Frank Lampard in a new shade of blue for Manchester City.
Mark Leech: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal reacts after his shot hit the post.
Mark Leech: Frank Lampard is shown the yellow card for a foul on Alexis Sanchez.
Mark Leech: Fernandinho of City watches as a shot from Mesut Ozil goes wide of the target.
Danny Welbeck made his debut for the Gunners, and went close to opening his account in the first half with a chipped shot over Joe Hart that was denied by the post. Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere had more luck in front of goal however, netting three very well taken goals before Martin Demichelis levelled the score late on.
Mark Leech: Jack Wilshere argues with the unimpressed referee Mark Clattenburg.
Mark Leech: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates his goal.
Mark Leech: Alexis Sancherz of Arsenal celebrates his goal.
Mark Leech: Martin Demichelis heads the equalising goal for city.
Mark Leech: City almost nicked it at the end when a back pass from the fallen Laurent Koscielny went over the head of his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as Edin Dzeko watched on.
In the week leading up to the fixture, Arsenal had released a video to drum up support for Rainbow Laces, a Stonewall’s Paddy Power backed campaign against LGBT discrimination in football. Their high-profile advocacy continued on match day too with Arsenal Underground Station decked out with a newly multi-coloured entrance strip to welcome home and away supporters.
While North London was playing host to the day’s early action, across town, Marc Atkins was busy getting himself ready to shoot Chelsea’s game against Swansea City—an unlikely clash of first versus second, with the Swans heading into the weekend level on points with Jose Mourinho’s table-topping Blues after a surprisingly strong start to the season.
A couple of hours after the club’s all-time top-scorer, Frank Lampard, made his first start for City, another debutant, Loic Remy, announced himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful with a goal to make it 4-2 to Chelsea as Gary Monk’s visitors faltered.
Marc Atkins: Debutant Loic Remy warms up at Stamford Bridge.
Marc Atkins: John Terry leaves Thibaut Courtois helpless as he scores an own goal.
Marc Atkins: John Terry of Chelsea reacts after scoring an own goal to put Swansea 1-0 up.
Marc Atkins: Jefferson Montero tangles with Jose Mourinho and Branislav Ivanovic as he seeks to retrieve the ball.
Marc Atkins: Jose Mourinho issues instructions to Cesc Fabregas.
Marc Atkins: Diego Costa keeps his cool to grab his first goal as Branislav Ivanovic protests over a foul.
Diego Costa also grabbed a hat trick to continue his impressive start to life in English football, much to the delight of the Blue-clad crowds. Just as the Brazilian-born Spain striker has wasted no time in adapting to the Premier League, his new adoring public haven’t needed much encouragement to take the striker to their hearts.
Marc Atkins: Goalscorer Diego Costa celebrates in front of his adoring fans.
Marc Atkins: Diego Costa seals his hat trick.
Marc Atkins: Diego Costa celebrates completing his hat trick.
Marc Atkins: Diego Costa’s team mates congratulate him on his hat trick.
Marc Atkins: Loic Remy celebrates after scoring his goal to make it 4-2.
Marc Atkins: Former Chelsea midfielder Gary Stanley parades on the pitch at half time with the club’s pre-match announcer, Neil Barnett
Marc Atkins: Roy Hodgson in the stands at Stamford Bridge.
Beyond the capital, Paul Roberts was at pitch side for Everton’s 2-0 away win against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
The Toffees’ victory was made in Belgium, with Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas providing the goals to grant Roberto Martinez’s side all three points against Alan Irvine’s men.
Paul Roberts: Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez and West Bromwich Albion’s Head Coach Alan Irvine greet each other.
Paul Roberts: West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino fouls Tim Howard Going for the Ball.
Paul Roberts: Tim Howard celebrates Lukaku’s opener.
Paul Roberts: Detail shot of bottles in the WBA dugout marked as Trop[ical] and Orange.
Paul Roberts: Sebastien Pocognoli of West Bromwich Albion
Paul Roberts: Craig Gardner of West Bromwich Albion argues after bing booked for protesting.
Paul Roberts: Kevin Mirallas celebrates his goal to make it 2-0 to Everton.
Paul Roberts: A young Everton fan celebrates their win.
Steve Parkin took in his first game of the weekend in Huddlesfield, as former Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell looked to get his feet under the desk with the visit of Middlesbrough.
Steve Parkin: Chris Powell in charge of Huddlesfield Town.
Steve Parkin: A young fan wearing a signed shirt holds their Powell mask.
Steve Parkin: Town fans get behind their new boss.
The new manager at Huddersfield Town was greeted with a familiar sight on match day, with own face staring back at him from the stands after a number of the home fans deciding to dons paper masks bearing his image as tribute to their new boss. Unfortunately, the warm welcome didn’t translate into a positive start on the pitch however, with The Terriers losing 2-1 to The Boro.
Steve Parkin: Grant Leadbitter gives away his shirt to a young fan after his inspired, two goal match-winning performance for Middlesbrough.
Steve Parkin: Town’s Jack Robinson & Boro’s Albert Adomah , battle for the ball.
Steve Parkin: Town’s Defence is left flat footed by Boro’s Kike.
Liverpool versus Aston Villa was Offside’s final fixture on Saturday, with Simon Stacpooledoing the honours at Anfield.
Paul Lambert’s side remain unbeaten this season after three games, and put in a battling performance to deny Brendan Rodgers’ depleted team a chance to grab any cheap points with Raheem Sterling rested and Daniel Sturridge injured.
Simon Stacpoole: Adam Lallana on his league debut for Liverpool.
Simon Stacpoole: A young boy with a Liver bird shaved into his hair.
Simon Stacpoole: A Liverpool fan fixes a pin badge to his replica shirt.
Simon Stacpoole: Tom Cleverley of Villa pulls his shorts up.
Simon Stacpoole: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool clashes in mid-air with Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
New boys Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana were unable to lift the Reds ahead of a busy week that will see them return to Champions League contention, with Villa able to hold out for the win after Gabby Agbonlahor’s goal put them ahead.
Simon Stacpoole: Gabriel Agbonlahor scores for Villa.
Simon Stacpoole: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks dejected.
Simon Stacpoole: Mario Balotelli and Javier Manquillo attack down the right.
Simon Stacpoole: Raheem Sterling of Liverpool comes on as a substitute to replace Adam Lallana.
Simon Stacpoole: Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan dives.
Simon Stacpoole: Villa manager Paul Lambert congratulates his players after the match.
Returning to the Championship, and Sunday saw the latest instalment in the East Midlands derby as Nottingham Forest hosted Derby County at the City Ground.
Marc Atkins: The Brian Clough Trophy on display pitch side prior to kick off.
Marc Atkins: A general view of The City Ground, home to Nottingham Forest Football club.
Marc Atkins: A general view of The Brian Clough stand at the City Ground.
Marc Atkins: Nottingham Forest fans in full voice.
Marc Atkins was there to capture all the action, on and off the pitch as both teams did battle for the fixture’s very own Brian Clough Trophy—a special piece of silverware created to honour the late, great manager who contributed so much to both clubs and their cities during his career.
Yet the game finished 1-1, with Derby clinching a scrappy equaliser to ensure the points were shared as tempers flared in the stands between a few rogue fans on the look out for some trouble.
Marc Atkins: A Derby County fan fights off a steward after invading the pitch.
Marc Atkins: A Derby County fan hurls abuse at the Forest fans as he is led away by Police.
Marc Atkins: A bloodied Derby County fan is led away by Police officers after running onto the pitch.
Marc Atkins: A bloodied Derby County fan is led off the pitch by Police officers.
Marc Atkins: A Derby County fan hurls abuse at the Forest fans as he is hauled over the barrier.
Marc Atkins: A Nottingham Forest fan goads the Derby County supporters after running almost the full length of the pitch.
Marc Atkins: A Forest fan is pelted with water bottles and lighters after goading the Derby County fans.
Marc Atkins: A female Forest fan goads the Derby County supporters.
Marc Atkins: Michail Antonio of Nottingham Forest in action with Ryan Shotton of Derby County.
Marc Atkins: Will Hughes of Derby County.
Marc Atkins: Jack Hunt of Nottingham Forest in action with Craig Forsyth of Derby County.
For those wanting a more decisive scoreline, attentions had to turn away from all of this Clough-centric close combat to Old Trafford, where Simon Stacpoole was stationed to shoot what turned out to be Louis van Gaal’s first win of the season.
QPR looked both unable to cope and uninterested in trying to stop Manchester United, who finally lined up with their full complement of new stars after a high-spending summer transfer window.
Simon Stacpoole: Rio Ferdinand of QPR receives a belated gift celebrating his time at Man Utd from Sir Bobby Charlton.
Simon Stacpoole: Water drips from the face of Robin van Persie.
Simon Stacpoole: Robin van Persie of Man Utd battles with Rio Ferdinand of QPR.
Simon Stacpoole: Fans applaud Angel Di Maria of Man Utd as he leaves the pitch.
Angel Di Maria opened the scoring with an accidental strike from range after his freekick delivery evaded everyone in the box, including QPR’s keeper, Robert Green. Goals from Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney soon made it 3-0 before half-time.
Simon Stacpoole: Angel Di Maria of Man Utd shakes hands with Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal after being substituted.
Simon Stacpoole: A young Man Utd fan welcomes their new players with a banner.
Simon Stacpoole: Radamel Falcao of Man Utd looks back at QPR’s Rob Green.
Simon Stacpoole: Radamel Falcao in action for Manchester United.
Radamel Falcao arrived on the scene late-on in the second half, but was unable to cap off his team’s performance with a debut goal. Their lead was extended to 4-0 however thanks to Juan Mata’s punchy finish after the Spaniard was left completely free near the far post after his markers forgot to mark him.
Steve Parkin was the man to apply the final touch to Offside’s weekend, with the definition of the stretched to breaking point by Sky and the Premier League’s hostile takeover of Monday nights.
Few would have expected Hull City versus West Ham United to be a big box office draw, but by the end of the game, more than a few spectators may have wished for extra-time to decide the 2-2 stalemate.
Steve Parkin: Abel Hernandez celebrates after scoring on his home debut.
Steve Parkin: Abel Hernandez celebrates with his team mates after scoring on his home debut.
Steve Parkin: Enner Valencia lets rip to make it 1-1.
Steve Parkin: West Ham goalscorer, Enner Valencia.
It’s become cliché to proclaim games as “great adverts for the Premier League”, but considering the quality of the goals and the intensity of the action on display at the KC Stadium, it’s doubtful that too many other divisions can boast such a spectacle from a tie between two supposed relegation battlers.
Steve Parkin: Hull City manager Steve Bruce is apparently wanted by Newcastle United.
Steve Parkin: Former Arsenal and on-loan Bareclona midfielder, Alex Song.
Steve Parkin: Alex Song of West Ham.
Steve Parkin: Sam Allardyce in the away dug out.
Abel Hernandez opened the scoring with a beautiful, glancing header, that arced over Adrian after the Uruguayan leapt high into the air. His strike was soon answered by a genuine screamer from Enner Valencia, as West Ham’s Ecuadorian summer signing cancelled out their host’s very own South American acquisition.
Ex-Hammer Mohamed Diame put Hull back in front after the break, only for Curtis Davies to put one past his own keeper to level the deficit.
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