The weather conditions in the Premier League may have been the worst for some considerable time but that didn’t dampen the spirits of a number of strikers, all of whom enjoyed double success over the weekend.
On Saturday, Louis Saha scored twice for Everton as they won 3 – 1 at West Ham and Robbie Keane got a brace for Liverpool, his first goals in the league for his new club, as they swept aside West Brom 3 – 0 at Anfield.
Twenty four hours on and they were at it again.
Nicolas Anelka got both for leaders Chelsea as they won 2 – 0 away at Blackburn, Tuncay was the Boro hero as he profited from some awful defensive errors to net twice for the North East club in their away win at Aston Villa while Darren Bent, a man transformed under the leadership of Harry Redknapp, made it 5 goals in the space of 4 days with his two strikes in Tottenham’s 2 -1' win at Manchester City.
At most other times, Bent’s incredible form would have taken him all the way in our regular search for the Footy Boots weekend star.
However, such was the enormity of the game at the Emirates stadium on Saturday, the effect on the race for the title and the performance of Samir Nasri in particular that the Frenchman has just edged Bent to the Footy Boots accolade.
And there’s a tasty aside too. Nasri’s goals came via a pair of Adidas F50.9 TUNiT’s.
Speaking after the game, Nasri said:
We know what we can do and we can definitely achieve the title this season.
It was important to win this game against United. We know that the title can be achieved by the games against the other big teams and we have shown now that we can do it. The most important thing is to keep going like that and not be too complacent.
The F50.9 will be in the shops next month in a Black, Neon Yellow and Running White colourway retailing at £120.
Arsenal are now third in the table on 23 points from 12 games. They are six points behind Liverpool and Chelsea thought they have a marginally better goal difference than Liverpool. After their defeat, Manchester United have slipped back to fourth place with 21 points from 11 games.