Premier League Weekend Review and impact of new signings

As the Barclays Premiership has now passed the first three games, teams are in positions where you can guarantee they will not end up in come end of the season. This weekend consisted of nine thrilling league matches, except the encounter between Liverpool and Swansea which was played on Monday night. Footballers that had also signed for clubs on deadline day managed to make their debut for their clubs. The players had to wait the extra week because of the crucial World Cup Qualifiers.

The weekend fixtures had seen all the Top 4 clubs grab victories except Chelsea, who were defeated by Everton 1-0. David Moyes has now had plenty of games under his belt to know what he personally expects of his squad as well as the fans, and the Red Devils did not fail to impress as a deserved 2-0 win was captured against 10 man Crystal Palace, however the penalty decision which ultimately lead to the first goal was controversial.

Marouane Fellaini started the match on the bench and he had to wait until the 61st minute to make his debut. Fellaini handled the pressure well, received a fantastic reception by the fans and almost managed to score his first goal in a United shirt, but only if it weren’t for the keeper!

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s deadline day signing Mesut Ozil managed to make an instant impact on his debut in the Stadium of Light within the first ten minutes of the match as he assisted Olivier Giroud to score the opener.

Overall, the new signings over the summer period are now starting to settle in and adapt to life in their respective new clubs, by helping their teams win football matches and hopefully some silverware at the end of the season.


Serena Williams sets up a rematch for the US Open final

Serena Williams brushed her opponent Li Na aside as she progressed into her seventh US Open Final with a 6-0 6-3 victory. The victory means that Serena has set up a match with Victoria Azarenka. Williams broke Li Na five times whereas Li broke Williams only once.


Serena Williams in action

The current World number one blitzed through the opening set against an uncomfortable and nervy looking Li Na. Williams managed to complete her victory in just under 90 minutes.

The Chinese sportswoman had a glimpse of hope as she won the second game of the second set and she had also managed to take the lead against Williams. However, Williams proved to be too powerful as she bounced back straight away.


Li Na in action

Serena Williams broke Li Na’s serve for the fifth time in the next to lead 4-2 and the scoreline instantly changed to 5-2 after another routine service game.

Serena Williams will now face a rematch of the 2012 final against Azarenka as she is in the hunt for a fifth US Open title.

Transfer Deadline Day – As it happened

The summer transfer window for 2013 has finally shut after a 2 day extension to the deadline day. As usual, teams were desperate and had to react as quick as possible to complete necessary paperwork and clinch the signatures of players. Some clubs had once again broken financial records and this deadline day was no different to any other.

After ongoing speculation, The Gunners managed to break the bank to acquire Mesut Ozil in a region understood to be around £42.5 million. This had smashed Arsenal’s previous record by over £20m and is now the second highest negotiation in the Premier League, behind Chelsea’s acquisition of Fernando Torres for £50 million.

Manchester United had failed to land Andres Herrera from Athletic Bilbao as talks had broken down. However, deep into deadline day, United had captured Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million. This deal was helped by the player himself as reports suggested that the Belgian handed in a transfer request before the transfer window closed. Speculations on social networking sites also suggested that United had got Fabio Coentrao on a season long loan from Madrid but this news was unconfirmed by Sky Sports.

Elsewhere in the country, a lot of teams including Southampton and Man City had done business earlier on in the window and as usual, clubs around the country were signing players. On the other hand, Liverpool managed to finalise their last 3 signings, who were all spectators in the match at Anfield on Sunday.

Now with the transfer window shut, managers will have to work with the players they now have until January 1st, when the window re opens for one month. Although the window is now officially closed, some negotiations remain unknown and these deals shall be confirmed by Sky Sports hopefully in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A new transfer record set at £85.3 million

After a lengthy wait all summer and beyond, the headline grabbing transfer news has now become official as it has finally happened. Gareth Bale has left Tottenham to join Spanish giants Real Madrid on a 6 year deal. The deal has broken the previous transfer record set in 2009 by Madrid themselves.

Bale is set to receive a phenomenal reception on Monday afternoon in the Santiago Bernabeu, with an estimated number of 80,000 fans shall be gathering around the stadium to welcome the Welshman into his new club.

Bale has also released a statement after the completion of his transfer move to Madrid, stating;

“I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye. We’ve had some special times together over the years and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

The 24 year old, who signed for Tottenham from Southampton for £10m in 2007, has done exceptionally well so far in his career as he was won numerous personal awards including PFA Players’ Player of the Year for 2010/11 season.

Now the next chapter of his footballing career begins, more intent, more pressure and hopefully more football for Bale as he will have the chance to shine under the limelight in major European tournaments such as the Champions League.