Best of the weekend
Steve Pass casts his eye over an action-packed weekend of Premier League football.
Last Updated: 01/09/11 10:13pm
Game of the weekend: Man Utd 8 Arsenal 2
A ten-goal feast of attacking football at Old Trafford. The rampant Red Devils notched eight goals but the truth be told, they could have easily had double figures. Danny Welbeck got the scoring under way but the Gunners could have been level soon afterwards. However, David De Gea saved Robin Van Persie's poor spot-kick. A superb Ashley Young curler doubled United's advantage and Wayne Rooney scored a fantastic free-kick before Theo Walcott gave the Gunners a glimmer of hope by netting just before the break. But Rooney killed the game with another sublime free-kick and Nani and Ji-Sung Park continued the scoring. Van Persie netted a consolation before the Gunners' day got even worse as Carl Jenkinson was sent off. Rooney completed his hat-trick from the spot and Young hit another unstoppable strike to complete the rout. While United ruthlessly exposed the Gunners' defensive frailty, will Arsene Wenger now sign defenders before the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday?
Player of the weekend: Edin Dzeko
The Bosnian became the first Manchester City player to score four goals in the Premier League as Roberto Mancini's side thrashed Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane. The striker attracted his fair share of criticism last term as he failed to adapt quickly to the pressures of the Premier League - scoring just twice in the top flight - after his big-money move from Wolfsburg in January. But the 25-year-old has been a totally different proposition this term, scoring in all three of City's league wins, notching six top-flight goals. Pushing Dzeko close to this award was Rooney for his hat-trick, while Young showed again he is relishing life at Old Trafford with a fantastic brace.
Goal of the weekend: Dzeko
Plenty of contenders here again but Dzeko lifts the gong thanks to his fourth strike at White Hart Lane. The City striker played a one-two with Gareth Barry before hitting an unstoppable effort into the top corner of the Spurs' net. Both Rooney free-kicks were also class, as were both Young strikes, while an honourable mention must be given to Grant Holt's great effort in Norwich's defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Pass of the weekend: Luis Suarez
Suarez hit a fantastic side-footed cross prior to Jordan Henderson notching the opener in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Bolton at Anfield. The Uruguay ace crossed from the left flank into Stewart Downing in the box who volleyed at goal, with Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saving before Henderson then slotted home to set the Reds on their way.
Controversy of the weekend: The penalties at Ewood Park
Everton won a keenly-contested clash at Blackburn via Mikel Arteta's stoppage-time conversion after Christopher Samba was penalised for climbing over Marouane Fellaini. Rovers boss Steve Kean afterwards admitted he was left "scratching my head a little bit" by the award but Everton boss David Moyes was left equally bemused by the decisions to give Rovers' two second-half penalties, claiming that Mauro Formica, who was fouled in each incident, dived to earn the spot-kicks.