Some of this weekend's 42 goals came down to some poor defending and errors, whilst it brought about one of the most bizarre incidents that people can remember. Whilst there have been several heroes, there have been a fair share of villains in the Premier League this weekend. Here is a look at a few of them:
The obvious place to start as it wasn’t the happiest way to spend his 1,000th match in charge of the club for Arsene Wenger. Some had written off his side’s title chances before kick-off but his players had the opportunity to send out a message that they were firmly in the mix. They sent out the wrong one as Chelsea ran riot at Stamford Bridge as the Gunners lost 6-0. It’s not the first time Arsenal have lost heavily to a title rival this season which makes it even worse.
Of course referees have a very difficult job – but here was a poor case of mistaken identity. When Eden Hazard’s shot was handled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marriner correctly awarded Chelsea a penalty, but he sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of the culprit. Oxlade-Chamberlain himself had told him what happened, and he took advice from his assistants. It’s hard not have a bit of sympathy for Marriner after he realised he made a terrible mistake but it is one massive clanger the official has dropped.
It was a day to forget for Southampton at White Hart Lane as they threw away a two goal lead against Tottenham, leaving them empty handed. You can point the finger at a few players for individual errors, including Nathaniel Clyne for his poor attempted clearance for Eriksen’s first, but the way Lovren was knocked off the ball by Roberto Soldado for arguably the key equalising goal just after half-time was inexcusable.
Noble provided the best assist from the weekend, what a shame it was for the wrong team. The West Ham United midfielder knocked it into the path of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney to double his side’s lead at Upton Park – and end any hope of the Hammers picking up at least a point.
What you don’t need during the run-in when you’re in relegation trouble is one of your players getting sent off – but Alonso did just that in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road courtesy of two bookable offences. His second booking was a needless handball late on in the contest which rounded off a miserable afternoon for the Black Cats.