ROM WITH THE CANNON
Romelu Lukaku scored on his debut for Chelsea in his second coming at the West London Club. Lukaku, left Manchester United and the premier league to join Inter Milan where he plied his trade for two season and has since returned to prove his premier league critics wrong.
Having completed a £97.5 million transfer to Chelsea from Inter Milan this summer, the Belgium international showed precisely why Chelsea forked out and met the asking price. Make no doubts about it, Lukaku has come back as a far more superior force. His all-round game has seen dramatic improvements. His ball control is at an optimum for a player who was once synonymous with Bamby (Disney Cartoon for enquiring minds) and he looks a lot leaner and physically fitter than the player he was at United.
Yes, he has always been a goal scorer, however, the influences of Henry in the Belgium national team and Antonio Conte at Inter Milan can clearly be seen. There are factions of the football community who now believe Chelsea are now favourites to win the Premiership since this acquisition. They have a right to that conjecture as Chelsea (reigning Champions League holders, don’t forget) seem to have found the missing piece to their puzzle.
Arsenal were first to test Chelsea’s ambitious title challenge and unfortunately for the Gunners Lukaku had on a Chelsea shirt. The striker was dominant in the game from start to finish as he bullied a very fragile Arsenal defence. His link up play was brilliant as he put in a man of the match performance. Lukaku opened the scoring in the 15th minute to give Chelsea the lead before James put the away side two goals up in the 35th minute of the game. Chelsea continued in the same fashion as the first and could have had more goals. However, Arsenal held on as the match ended 2-0 to Chelsea. Lukaku will be tested against better opposition when Chelsea square off against Liverpool in the next round of premier league matches. Arsenal have long been criticised for their shortcomings and if things don’t improve expeditiously, this could spell trouble for Arteta and Arsenal. They are currently 19th in the table with two loses and no one (absolutely nobody!!) in their right mind is going to fancy them to get a result in their next match against Manchester City. As the days go by Arteta is looking like the first managerial casualty.
Manchester City seem to have found their stride once more after the opening day defeat to Tottenham. The title holders played host to newly promoted Norwich City and totally destroyed everything and anything Norwich had to offer. New signing Grealish was in amongst the goal as City won the game 5-0 (all this without a recognised striker). Liverpool maintained their hundred percent winning start to the season with another fine display at home to Burnley as the Reds won 2-0.
Tottenham, having beaten Man City in the opening game of the season continue to impress under the leadership of Nuno Espirito Santo. The former Wolves manager was able to guide Spurs to a 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers, his former club. Also, there are cheerful times ahead for West Ham supporters and fans alike as they currently sit at the summit of the league having been victorious against Leicester City at the London stadium. David Moyes’s team were full of energy and commitment and thoroughly deserved the 4-1 victory. West Ham striker, Antonio also had plenty to celebrate as he became the Hammers’ all time premier league score with 50 (the celebration for his first goal was a classic!!!)
There were wins also for Aston Villa who beat Newcastle 2-0 and Brighton who beat Watford by the same score line. Meanwhile Manchester United after their impressive start were held to a 1-1 draw away at Southampton, whilst Leeds and Everton drew 2-2.