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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 16

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The Premier League never fails to disappoint. On Saturday Manchester City and Arsenal went toe-to-toe at the Etihad with the hosts delivering a punishing blow to the Gunners' title hopes while Liverpool went goal crazy against Spurs at White Hart Lane to climb to second.

It wasn't such a good time for West Brom's Steve Clarke or Tottenham's AVB, as both men lost games and their jobs as chairmen up and down the country wielded the axe.

But while the likes of Suarez, Welbeck and Fernandinho sparkled, there were plenty of players who just failed to show up.

Here are Squarefootball's Flops of the Week.

Goalkeeper - Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton)

To say the Saints stopper was a bit erratic at St James' Park is an understatement. His rash decision making could have cost the visitors three goals. 

Defender - Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

The Frenchman has been sublime this season for the Gunners but he just wasn't sharp enough as City ran riot at the Etihad. Koscielny was caught napping for the opener by Ageuro and was slow to react for Negredo's tap in before going off injured. Definitely a game to forget for Koscielny.

Defender - Antonio Luna (Aston Villa)

The Spanish full-back was all over the shop as Manchester United tore Paul Lambert's side apart on Sunday afternoon. Villa fans believed the hosts could get something from the game, as United have been a shadow of their former self in recent weeks, but that was dispelled in a matter of minutes by Danny Welbeck. 

Defender - Kyle Naughton (Spurs)

The 25-year-old was run ragged by Suarez and co at White Hart and was subbed at half-time - much to the relief of the home fans.

Defender - Michael Dawson (Spurs)

These days of woe and despair are becoming too regular for Spurs fans. Hit for six by City recently, nobody in their wildest dreams thought Liverpool would grab five, but Dawson just wasn't at the races.

Midfield - Paulinho (Spurs)

The Brazilian midfielder had a day to forget as Spurs were gunned down by a rampant Liverpool side. Paulinho saw red for a high challenge on Suarez, but he still couldn't prevent the Uruguayan from going goals crazy.

Midfield - Claudio Yacob (West Brom)

The Argentine was hardly seen as the Baggies struggled to get a grip in midfield. This defeat ultimately cost Steve Clarke his job.

Midfield - Matt Jarvis (West Ham)

The former Wolves wide man left the fans frustrated with his poor delivery into the box. Not that his team-mate Maiga would have scored anyway.

Midfield - Girorgios Karagounis (Fulham)

The 36-year-old struggled against a rampant Everton side and Karagounis was outshone by the youthful Barkley.

Striker - Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

Paul Lambert fought tooth and nail to keep Benteke at Villa in the summer but maybe he is wishing he had cashed in on him when his stock was sky high. Against Manchester United Benteke just didn't look interested and that's been the picture almost all season. When you are playing the champions you need everyone at the top of their game, both mentality and physically. Unfortunately Benteke looks to have his mind on other things.

Striker - Maiga (West Ham United) 

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce can count himself fortunate that he has two stable chairmen in David Gold and David Sullivan. While every top flight chief appears to be losing the plot and axing managers without a moment's hesitation, Gold and Sullivan appear to be at ease with Big Sam's plans. Just as well because the gaffer's decision to keep playing the youngster is tasting the patients of almost everyone in claret and blue.

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