Here’s who’s having the worst #CaseOfTheMondays after all of the major European leagues were in action this weekend.
Arsenal struggle and lose
Arsenal opened their season with a wild 4-3 win at home against Leicester, but they didn’t have the same luck as they traveled to the Britannia to face Stoke.
As exciting as their first match was, the Gunners didn’t show the same kind of efficiency in front of goal against Stoke, and their 77% edge in possession was all for nothing as they failed to find the back of the net even once. New Potter Jese Rodriguez didn’t have any issues making that happen though, and his 47th-minute goal secured the three points for the home side.
Arsenal can feel slightly aggrieved at a couple questionable refereeing decisions, but in the end, 77% possession, 18 shots and 0 goals is a pretty damning statistic. Next up? Liverpool away...
Newcastle lose again
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been under pressure for some time for his unwillingness to spend big (or really, at all) to strengthen the newly promoted side. He’s under even more pressure now, with the Toon dropping their second match in a row, this time to fellow PL new boys Huddersfield.
The result speaks for itself, but the manner in which Newcastle slumped to the 1-0 defeat is even more worrying. Their attack looked anemic, the midfield sluggish, and they looked vulnerable in the back. Tough times are ahead, and if, according to Mike Ashley, he can’t give his manager “enough” money? It’s not going to get much better.
Hugo Lloris' big mistake
Hugo Lloris has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League for years now, but no one’s immune from a bad game. Against Chelsea, he had a game he’ll want to put behind him immediately.
There wasn’t much Lloris could do about Marcos Alonso’s picture-perfect free kick to open the scoring, but he wasn’t even close to picking it out of the top corner. Alonso’s second, though? That’s all on Monsieur Lloris. Alonso’s strike had plenty of power, but the French goalkeeper could -- and should -- have done better with the low strike to keep it out at his near post.
It wasn’t his greatest outing.
Antoine Griezmann's red
Antoine Griezmann made a bit of personal history over the weekend, picking up his first career red card as Atletico Madrid fought back from 2-0 down to draw with newly-promoted Girona.
Griezmann was taken down in the box, and clearly expected a penalty. Instead, he got a yellow card for diving, and did NOT take it kindly. He had some choice words for the referee, calling him a “f*****g bottler” and was promptly sent off.
Atleti were still able to turn it around and rescue a point on the day, but Griez will have to stay home and think about his actions as the Colchoneros travel to Las Palmas next weekend.