This week in the Premier League has been full of incidents with the lead changing hands in the title race, important results in the race for the top four as well as more twists and turns in the fight to avoid relegation. But in amongst all that were players who lost their cool, poor performances and comments about the opposition. Here are five villains in the Premier League this week.
Arsenal have got a big set of fixtures coming up and they could do with as many of their key players available for them as possible. What they didn’t need was Flamini flying into a challenge with both feet and getting himself sent off in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, meaning he will be banned for crucial clashes against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Alcaraz had a difficult job filling the shoes of Sylvain Distin in the Merseyside derby but he was given a torrid time by Liverpool’s front three of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. He just didn’t look comfortable, looked sloppy in possession and at times gave the man he was supposed to be keeping tabs on far too much space.
It was probably clever man management from Mourinho after Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by relegation threatened West Ham. Instead of criticising his side for not finding the vital breakthrough they needed, he attacked Sam Allardyce’s tactics of not trying to win the game but getting a point as the Blues failed to capitalise on Arsenal's slip-up. Mourinho would be wise to remember his performances at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium earlier on in the season – and may even be tempted to do the same against Manchester City on Monday night.
Loic Remy & Bradley Johnson
Let’s group these two villains together given they were both sent off for the same incident. With Newcastle selling one of their most influential players in the form of Yohan Cabaye this week, they really could do without losing their top scorer for three games for what was a silly spat. For Norwich, in a relegation battle they don’t want to lose any of their players to such a silly and needles incident. Madness from the pair of them.
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