RJ DEMELLO - Monday, January 12, 2015
This weekend was a rough one for England's top-flight yanks, with both Geoff Cameron and Brad Guzan coming out on the wrong side of shut-outs.
Stoke City 0 - 3 Arsenal
The game never looked in doubt as Arsenal scored early and often on the way to victory over Geoff Cameron and Stoke City at the Emirates.
Cameron started, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in the match.
Laurent Koscielny got the scoring started just six minutes in, heading home an Alexis Sanchez cross.
Sanchez got himself on the goal list in the 33rd minute with a beautiful finish into the bottom left hand corner.
He then capped off the scoring in the 49th minute with a free kick that took a deflection off of Cameron and snuck into the net.
The loss leaves Stoke in 11th place in the Premier League with 26 points.
The Potters stay on the road next week, traveling to face Leicester City.
Aston Villa 0 - 1 Leicester City
A great strike from Paul Konchesky was all the Foxes needed to take all three points from Brad Guzan and Villa, and move closer to getting off the bottom of the Premier League.
Guzan started in goal, for the Villans making two saves along the way in defeat.
Konchesky struck just before halftime, hitting a beautiful side volley from the top of the box and into the bottom left corner. Guzan had no chance on the goal as the left back fired off the post and in through traffic.
Each team had a player sent off late with Leicester's Matty James sent off for a terrible tackle, while Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark got a second yellow for his reaction to the challenge.
The loss means Aston Villa is in 13th with 22 points from 21 games so far on the year.
The Villans return home this weekend to take on Liverpool.
Tim Ream started once again and went 90 for Bolton Wanderers in the team's 1-1 tie with Leeds United.
Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest in the club's 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.
Danny Williams got the start and went the distance in Reading's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough.
Jonathan Spector returned from an injury layoff to make the bench in Birmingham City's 3-1 over Wigan.
Oguchi Onyewu made the bench but didn't appear in Charlton Athletic's 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.