Offside’s weekend in pictures: Leicester vs. United and more
It was another busy weekend for the Premier League and Offside Sports Photography over the Saturday and Sunday of September 20 and 21 respectively.
Mark Leech witnessed Danny Welbeck’s first goal as Arsenal put three past Aston Villa to become the only Champions League contender to pick up a win as their rivals floundered elsewhere.
Mark Leech: Danny Welbeck celebrates with Mesut Ozil after scoring the second goal for Arsenal.
Mark Leech: A Villa fan wearing a shirt from their European Cup Final win in 1982.
Mark Leech: Villa defender Philippe Senderos is unable to stop Mesut Ozil scoring the first goal for Arsenal.
Mark Leech: A big smile from referee Michael Jones as he shows the yellow card to Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal after his foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Mark Leech: Stewards watch as Villa fans amuse themselves by keeping the ball before an Arsenal corner, with their team losing 3-0.
It was also a productive day for Mesut Ozil, with the German shaking off the recent criticism over his form and physical suitability for English football by pulling the strings and scoring the opening goal.
Mark Leech: Dejection for Villa defender Aly Cissokho sfter conceding the third Arsenal goal.
Mark Leech: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal is airborn as he tries a shot at goal.
Mark Leech: Kieran Gibbs puts a hand on the back of Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny as he organises the defence.
Mark Leech: Jack Grealish of Villa.
Mark Leech: Roy Keane looks on from the Villa dugout.
Mark Leech: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger greets the Villa mascot.
Former Liverpool defender Aly Cissokho sealed the win by scoring an own goal past his Brad Guzan to put a downer the recent progress made by Paul Lambert and Roy Keane at Villa Park.
Meanwhile, Simon Stacpoole travelled to Turf Moor to snap Burnley’s clash with Sunderland. It was a contest that unfortunately failed to spark however, with neither side able to find the finishing touch to grab a decider.
Simon Stacpoole: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone tips the ball away from Marvin Sordell of Burnley.
Simon Stacpoole: A Burnley fan with ‘King Del Boy Dingle’ written on the back of his replica shirt.
Simon Stacpoole: Burnley gnomes.
Simon Stacpoole: Lee Cattermole of Sunderland looks back at teammate Wes Brown.
Simon Stacpoole: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone makes a saves at his near post.
Both sides will instead head into the sixth weekend of the Premier League season without a win to their names, although considering the strength of Sean Dyche’s defence, and the potential within Gus Poyet’s squad, that could soon change.
At St James Park, Steve Parkin was on the scene for 90 minutes of football and protest as Alan Pardew took on both a potential successor in Steve Bruce and a rebellious home support.
Steve Parkin: Remy Cabella of Newcastle United.
Steve Parkin: A Sack Pardew van does the rounds outside St James Park.
Steve Parkin: Newcastle Fans with Sack Pardew banners at a pub before the match.
Steve Parkin: Hatem Ben Arfa, on loan at Hull from Newcastle, with fans of his parent club.
Papis Cisse was able to buy the Magpies boss just a little more time in his job however by squeezing home two goals to make it Newcastle United 2-2 Hull City at full-time.
There was no such stalemate at the Boleyn Ground as West Ham United hit Liverpool with a 3-1 suckerpunch under the watchful eye of Marc Atkins.
Marc Atkins: Mario Balotelli of Liverpool almost comes to blows with Adrian of West Ham.
Marc Atkins: Raheem Sterling of Liverpool in action with Alex Song and Aaron Cresswell of West Ham.
Marc Atkins: Morgan Amalfitano of West Ham celebrates scoring the third goal with Diafra Sakho.
Marc Atkins: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool is helped to his feet after sustaining a head injury.
Marc Atkins: Sam Allardyce, Manager of West Ham United shouts at the assistant referee.
With the game swirling to its conclusion under the darkening skies of East London, Atkins took the opportunity to snap some exquisite wide angles of the action pitch side which can be viewed below.
Marc Atkins: A general view of the Boleyn Ground, home to West Ham United as Mark Noble of West Ham tangles with Adam Lallana of Liverpool.
Marc Atkins: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool tries to block as cross from Guy Demel of West Ham.
Marc Atkins: Adam Lallana of Liverpool.
Marc Atkins: A general view of the flats overlooking the Boleyn Ground, home to West Ham United.
Elsewhere on Saturday, high-flying Swansea City lost 1-0 to Southampton, with Victor Wanyama grabbing the goal to hand Ronald Koeman’s Saints all three points. Paul Roberts was Offside’s man capturing the drama pitch side.
The task ahead of the Dutchman’s revamped side was made slightly easier by the dismissal of Swans striker Wilfried Bony for two poor attempts at winning the ball.
Paul Roberts: Wilfred Bony of Swansea City fouls Maya Yoshida of Southampton for which he is sent off.
Paul Roberts: Wilfred Bony of Swansea City scythes down Maya Yoshida of Southampton.
Paul Roberts: Maya Yoshida of Southampton reacts after a two footed lunge by Wilfred Bony of Swansea City resulting in a second yellow for the Swansea player.
Paul Roberts: Wilfred Bony of Swansea City receives a red card for a foul on Maya Yoshida of Southampton.
It wasn’t just the Ivorian who decided to up the intensity at the Liberty Stadium, with players on both sides doing their best to ensure their promising starts to the season didn’t falter.
Paul Roberts: Shane Long of Southampton controls the ball in front of managers Garry Monk and Ronald Koeman.
Paul Roberts: Ryan Bertrand of Southampton and Nathan Dyer of Swansea City chase a loose ball.
Paul Roberts: Nathan Dyer of Swansea City battles with Ryan Bertrand of Southampton.
The schedule didn’t let up on Sunday either. Marc Atkins headed up the motorway to Leicester where Manchester United somehow conspired to turn a 3-1 away win into a 5-3 drubbing.
It was the first time that the club had ever let a two goal advantage slip away into becoming a defeat in a Premier League era, although before their meltdown, Louis van Gaal’s men had looked spectacular at moments.
Angel Di Maria in particular looked likely to be the headline-maker in the first half, with the Argentinian scoring one goal and creating another for Ander Herrera.
Marc Atkins: Daniel Drinkwater of Leicester City in action with Angel Di Maria of Manchester United.
Marc Atkins: Louis van Gaal, Manager of Manchester United and assistant Ryan Giggs look on as Angel Di Maria warms up.
Marc Atkins: Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrates scoring the third goal with team mates.
Marc Atkins: Angel Di Maria of Manchester United reacts to an injury after sliding onto the concrete surrounding the pitch.
Marc Atkins: A picture of the Wife and Daughter of Angel Di Maria of Manchester United is seen on his shin pad through a hole in the sock.
However, as the score line suggests, United didn’t have it all their own way, with former Halifax striker James Vardy and ex-Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso helping to secure a famous win for the Foxes.
Marc Atkins: The giant screen reflects the 5-3 Leicester City win over Man Utd.
Marc Atkins: Esteban Cambiasso of Leicester City.
Marc Atkins: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City scores a goal to make it 4-3.
Marc Atkins: Leicester City owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, celebrates.
Marc Atkins: A group of Buddhist Monks congregate around the players tunnel after the match.
Marc Atkins: Robin van Persie of Manchester United reacts after the 5th Leicester goal.
Marc Atkins: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United argues with Referee, Mark Clattenburg.
Marc Atkins: Referee, Mark Clattenburg reacts as he speaks with Wayne Rooney of Manchester United.
Mark Leech made his way to White Hart Lane for the visit of West Bromwich Albion, where the Baggies shocked the home crowds with a 1-0 victory.
Spurs ultimately failed to get going against Alan Irvine’s men, who took advantage of their poor performance by winning their first game of the season.
Mark Leech: Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham falls as he is surrounded by three Albion players.
Mark Leech: Radio commentators Jonathan Pearce and Graham Taylor at White Hart Lane.
Mark Leech: Disgruntled Tottenham supporters react to defeat.
Mark Leech: Nacer Chadli of Tottenham is beaten to the ball by Sebastien Pocognoli.
Mark Leech: Tottenham flags fly next to the Archway Sheet Metal Works building in Paxton Road N17, the company are in dispute with the club regarding the sale of the land.
Mark Leech: Construction workers clearing space for the new Tottenham stadium.
Last season, West Brom were the Premier League’s most prolific drawers of games. Their surprise success in North London could be vital to ensuring they endure less of a struggle to stay safe this season. As for Mauricio Pochettino’s top four hopefuls, they must rediscover their early momentum to get back on track.
Steve Parkin: Palace Penalty scored by Mile Jedinak.
Steve Parkin: Everton Phil Jagielka shakes hands with Palace Boss Neil Warnock who was both at Sheff Utd together.
Steve Parkin: Everton fans on their way into Goodson Park.
Steve Parkin: Everton fans peer through the sunshine as Gareth Barry looks for the pass.
Steve Parkin’s second game of the weekend came at Goodison Park, where yet another upset saw Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2, with the host’s attempts to level the scores late on proving to be too little, too late.
The final game of the weekend took place at the Etihad, and was arguably its most pivotal, as the two favourites for the title this season sought to duke it out for an early boost against their rival. Simon Stacpoole ensured that the action didn’t go unsnapped.
Simon Stacpoole: Pablo Zabaleta of Man City fouls Diego Costa of Chelsea.
Simon Stacpoole: Pablo Zabaleta of Man City reacts to a challenge from Diego Costa of Chelsea.
Simon Stacpoole: Diego Costa of Chelsea clashes with Pablo Zabaleta of Man City.
Simon Stacpoole: Referee Mike Dean shows the red card and sends off Pablo Zabaleta of Man City for a second bookable offence.
It was titanic tussle that didn’t disappoint in terms of intrigue and vigour with Pablo Zabaleta receiving his marching orders after bringing down Diego Costa.
Simon Stacpoole: David Silva of Man City protests his inncocence towards John Terry of Chelsea.
Simon Stacpoole: Eden Hazard of Chelsea.
Simon Stacpoole: Fernandinho of Man City.
Simon Stacpoole: Eliaquim Mangala of Man City tackles Diego Costa of Chelsea.
Chelsea went ahead in the second half through German super sub, Andre Schurrle, but their lead couldn’t hold, and the power of narrative took hold as ex-Blue Frank Lampard settled the score a few minutes later for Manchester City.
Simon Stacpoole: Frank Lampard of Man City gives the thumbs up to both sets of fans after the match.
Simon Stacpoole: Frank Lampard of Man City shakes hands with his former Chelsea teammates at the end of the match.
Simon Stacpoole: Aleksandar Kolarov of Man City arranges the defensive wall, alongside teammates Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala
Simon Stacpoole: Gary Cahill of Chelsea congratulates teammate Andre Schurrle on his goal.
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