Best of the weekend
Raz Mirza casts his eye over the weekend Premier League action and picks out the highlights and lowlights.
By Razwan Mirza. Last Updated: September 21, 2011 6:39pm
Game of the weekend: Blackburn 4 Arsenal 3
Arsene Wenger must have thought his side had fully mentally recovered from their 8-2 hammering against Manchester United especially after his team picked up a point against Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek. Arsenal took a 2-1 lead into half-time thanks to goals from Gervinho and Mikel Arteta with his first for his new club either side of Yakubu's effort. But clearly Blackburn hadn't read the script as they fought back thanks to Yakubu's second and two calamitous own goals from Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny to seal the win despite Marouane Chamakh's late goal. The three points also eased the pressure on Steve Kean after protests by several hundred Blackburn fans before the game.
Player of the weekend: Yakubu
It was a weekend of doubles with Sergio Aguero bagging a brace in Manchester City's draw against Fulham and Emmanuel Adebayor for Tottenham against Liverpool, but it was two goals by Yakubu that help him to win this particular award. The Nigerian scored on his Blackburn debut to wreck Arsenal's weekend and help the Ewood Park side to their first win of the season. His first effort brought the scores level with the neatest of finishes in the 25th minute and his second simply stunned the Gunners as Junior Hoilett's corner ended up at Steven N'Zonzi's feet at the far post and he drove the ball at goal with Yakubu - with a suspicion of offside - stabbing it in from close range.
Goal of the weekend: Nani
A magnificent goal to light up a magnificent performance by Manchester United as they overcame Chelsea 3-1 at Old Trafford in the big Super Sunday clash. After collecting a fine cross-field pass from Jonny Evans, he cut inside and, as Chelsea players stood off, unleashed a thumping drive which Petr Cech could only watch fly into the top corner. A stunning piece of skill from the Portuguese winger.
From hero to zero of the weekend: Alex Song
The Arsenal midfielder produced a sublime pass to set up Gervinho to score his first goal in English football against Blackburn. His masterly run in midfield was followed by a peach of a through pass that the striker ran on to and hit first time, the ball going through Chris Samba's legs and across Paul Robinson into the far corner. But the Cameroonian then produced a calamitous own goal when Ruben Rochina floated in a free-kick and the ball bounced off his knee and into the net when it seemed easier to clear.
Miss of the weekend: Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres suffered utter humiliation as he produced an early contender for the season's worst miss when he failed to find an open net in Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United seven minutes from time. The Spain International did well initially to sidestep goalkeeper David De Gea as he raced on to Ramires' through ball, but he then sliced his shot horribly wide from just eight yards out when he seemed sure to score his second goal of the game. His miss was reminiscent of Ronnie Rosenthal's famous clanger against Aston Villa back in 1992.
Save of the weekend: Shay Given from Yohan Cabaye
The Aston Villa goalkeeper produced a string of stunning saves in a one-man show during the 1-1 draw against Newcastle at Villa Park on Saturday. The Magpies' summer signing from Lille, Cabaye, had already struck the crossbar with a speculative effort from the edge of the box, but the Republic of Ireland shot-stopper was called into action late on when he flew across his goal to somehow palm away the Frenchman's powerful volley from the edge of the area.
Stat of the weekend: Norwich
As Norwich brought an end to a 33-game, 17-year wait for an away win in the Premier League at Bolton, the Canaries also collected an unwanted record of conceding five penalties in five games. The previous record was held by Wimbledon with four.