The 2014/2015 Premier League season has kicked off and the round up of results this week paint a small picture as to what we can learn from the opening round of games.
1. Arsenal have a bench – Arsenal have the option to bring on quality to the field from their bench. Seasons before, Arsenal seemed to struggle to field a strong bench that could really influence a game. However, with the depth of squad being brought by Arsene Wenger, it appears the Frenchman finally has a side that can cause damage from being a substitute. Saturday nights 2-1 win over Crystal Palace epitomised their strength as Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came on to help guide the Gunners to victory. Giroud in particular was a key part in the build up to the winning goal scored by Ramsey, but Arsenal look dangerous and teams will now be worried about the impact they can have from the bench.
2. Liverpool don’t need Suarez – Asked whether Liverpool are stronger without Luis Suarez, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge said, “I think so”. It appears the novelty of his departure has already worn off as Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge both scored to guide Liverpool to victory. With the Uruguayan gone, Liverpool will now need a new top goalscorer and it seems that a host of players are ready to step up to the mark. A side that always looked dangerous on the attack, will Liverpool miss Luis Suarez? Brendan Rodgers has been busy in the transfer market and it seems he is bulking out the attacking midfield players to help support his strikers with finding the back of the net. As for now, Sturridge seems happy to lead the Liverpool line, but will the pressure get to the Englishman?
3. Was it Moyes’ fault? – Touted as the man who will instantaneously guide United to glory, Louis Van Gaal had a nightmare start to his Manchester United tenure at the hands of Swansea. A 2-1 loss to the Welsh side left Van Gaal seething and suggested that the loss had “smashed” his sides confidence. A side that wouldn’t put much fear into any Premier League team, United started two youngsters among their starting XI; however, they failed to inspire the Red Devils as they were undone by the fluidity of Swansea. As United move on, maybe they are thinking that it wasn’t actually Moyes’ fault. It seems tactical genius Louis Van Gaal has struggled to develop his side. Now, it appears Van Gaal is ready to dip his toes in the transfer market as a saving grace.