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: Danny Welbeck scores the second goal for Arsenal.
Mark Leech: Danny Welbeck scores the second goal for Arsenal.

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.

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.

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.

Simon Stacpoole: Burnley fans walk past a sign advertising a combination of pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy.
Simon Stacpoole: Burnley fans walk past a sign advertising a combination of pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy.

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.

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.

Steve Parkin: Newcastle Fans with their Sack Pardew signs in reference to manager Alan Pardew.
Steve Parkin: Newcastle Fans with their Sack Pardew signs in reference to manager Alan Pardew.

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.

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.

Marc Atkins: Winston Reid of West Ham celebrates scoring the opening goal.
Marc Atkins: Winston Reid of West Ham celebrates scoring the opening goal.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Roberts: Victor Wanyama of Southampton scores the opener.
Paul Roberts: Victor Wanyama of Southampton scores the opener.

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.

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.

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.

Marc Atkins: Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City celebrates scoring the fifth goal in front of the television cameras with Liam Moore.
Marc Atkins: Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City celebrates scoring the fifth goal in front of the television cameras with Liam Moore.

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.

Marc Atkins: Angel Di Maria of Manchester United scores the 2nd goal of the game.
Marc Atkins: Angel Di Maria of Manchester United scores the 2nd goal of the game.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Leech: James Morrison of Albion scores with a headed goal.
Mark Leech: James Morrison of Albion scores with a headed goal.

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.

 

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’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.

Simon Stacpoole: Andre Schurrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their 1st goal.
Simon Stacpoole: Andre Schurrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their 1st goal.

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.

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.

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.

Offside is the UK’s leading independent sports photography agency, home to an extensive collection of classic First Division and Premier League pictures as well as other images from across the world of sport. Explore Offside’s unique library at www.welloffside.com.

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Author: gregianjohnson

Football writer for The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, The Mirror, Squawka and VICE amongst others. Follow me on Twitter at @gregianjohnson.

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