Ozil, Paulinho, and...? The villains of the Premier League weekend

Paulinho

Arsenal, Tottenham, Hull, Stoke, Newcastle, Southampton and West Brom all feature.

It has been some weekend in the Premier League again. Plenty of goals as the title race took a little bit of a twist with the chasing pack now a little closer to Arsenal at the top whilst one goal may have cost one manager his job, and another high profile figure lost his.

There were some poor decisions, drab performances and embarrassing touchline display. So here is a look at five sets of villains of the Premier League this weekend.

Paulinho

What you don’t need in the middle of the park when you’re 2-0 down is your midfielder deciding to kick an opponent in the chest, even if the ball is high in the air. I wonder what Andre Villas-Boas had to say to the midfielder in person just before he headed towards the exit door, despite publicly saying the red card was harsh.

The West Brom board

If you lose four games on the bounce then quite clearly on you’re on a bad a run and need to closely scrutinise things. However, West Brom’s decision to sack Steve Clarke is a bit baffling given they had such a good season last year, and this year Clarke’s side has proven it can cause problems to the big sides. Odd decision.

Mesut Ozil

Per Mertesacker perhaps made an example of Ozil, but there are so many footballers that are reluctant to applaud their fans who have got up early to travel to see their team play in a lunchtime kick off. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to show some kind of appreciation.

Hull and Stoke

Probably more of a fault for the broadcasters but it was hardly the most inspiring game as both sides at times at their moments where they could have won the game. Not the most inspiring advert but neither side is really going to care.

Newcastle and Southampton’s touchline staff

Was this funny or embarrassing? If you’re going to have a scrap on the touchline at least make it over something meaningful, and make it good for us to watch. Alan Pardew himself branded it as ‘pathetic’. Quite right he was too.

images: © Ronnie Macdonald, © visualkreator

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