Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 8-9 December
1. It’s well known that Manchester City have money to throw around, but coppers aimed at Rio Ferdinand’s eye is taking things a bit too far. Bound to fall foul of the Financial Fair Play regulations.
2. Fernando Torres is scoring goals and smiling. That makes at least one person at Stamford Bridge who’s delighted by Rafa Benitez’s arrivals.
3. Robin Van Persie has probably now repaid his transfer fee. Fergie banked on him being the difference between United and City this season, and that could scarcely have been better illustrated than by yesterday’s winner.
4. West Ham came unstuck against Liverpool thanks to the success of their academy. Goals from former first-team players Glen Johnson and Joe Cole, and ex-trainee Jonjo Shelvey, saw the Hammers defeated. Restrained celebrations were the order of the day.
5. Not so at Goodison Park. Steven Pienaar showed that if you’re scoring against a former club for the team you left to join them (and subsequently rejoined) it’s OK to celebrate as wholeheartedly as you like.
6. Don’t kick that sensitive patch of air near Santi Cazorla’s left ankle. It’s really painful.
7. Harry Redknapp’s attempts to lead QPR to safety through the medium of draws continue.
8. You can understand the victory over Arsenal going to their heads, but it turns out that Swansea’s decision to give Norwich a three-goal headstart was slightly over-ambitious.
9. Mario Balotelli will be staying behind at training today for backheel accuracy training.
10. They say the Premier League is unpredictable, but a 0-0 bore draw between Aston Villa and Stoke was just about as nailed on as it gets.