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Tuesday 27 May 2014

Review of 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season: September

Summer transfer window shuts and Aaron Ramsey lifts Arsenal to the top of the BPL table

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SEPTEMBER 2013

The summer transfer window shut in September, but only after a number of high-profile signings among Barclays Premier League clubs.

Arsenal made the biggest signing of all with hours to spare and ended the month top of the table, helped by a win over Tottenham Hospur, while Manchester City ran out winners in a thrilling Manchester derby and Paolo Di Canio left his post as Sunderland head coach.

September started well for Arsenal, as a single Olivier Giroud goal helped them beat North London rivals Spurs at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger followed the result up by signing Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil the next day, the final one of the summer transfer window, for a club-record fee.

Liverpool made their best start to a Barclays Premier League season since 1994/95 when they beat Manchester United at Anfield on the first day of the month for their third straight 1-0 victory, with each of the goals scored by striker Daniel Sturridge. The Merseyside club completed a triple signing on deadline day, bringing in Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori and Chelsea winger Victor Moses, the latter on on loan.

Crystal Palace were the busiest on 2 September as they bought a quintet of players. Defenders Adrian Mariappa from Reading and Jack Hunt from Huddersfield, Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan, Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome and Nottingham Forest’s Adlene Guedioura all arrived at Selhurst Park with the newly promoted club having won one and lost two of their first three matches.

A number of other Barclays Premier League clubs were also busy in the final hours of the window. Stoke made a double swoop for Stephen Ireland and Marko Arnautovic, Peter Odemwingie moved to Cardiff City, Everton secured Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea and James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic but lost Victor Anichebe to West Bromwich Albion. Manchester City signed defender Martin Demichelis from Malaga while Sunderland brought in Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena.

Manchester United, after being beaten by Liverpool, made Everton's Marouane Fellaini their main signing of the summer. The Belgium midfielder made his debut in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford later in the month but could not prevent David Moyes’s side suffering a 4-1 derby defeat at Manchester City. United suffered back-to-back league losses when West Brom picked up a shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

Chelsea lost for the first time under Jose Mourinho, at Goodison Park to Roberto Martinez’s Everton, who clinched their first league win under the new manager since his arrival from Wigan. Chelsea bounced back the next week to end a four-match winless run by beating Fulham in a west London derby, to go top of the table after Matchweek 5.

But Arsenal reclaimed top spot by the end of September as Aaron Ramsey scored his eighth goal in nine appearances during a 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool were boosted by the return from suspension of Luis Suarez, the striker scoring twice in a 3-1 victory at Sunderland, aided by assists from Daniel Sturridge in a blossoming strike partnership.

Sunderland ended the month bottom of the table, without a win and looking for a new head coach, after Paolo Di Canio was relieved of his duties in the wake of a 3-0 away defeat by West Brom. Palace were sucked into the bottom three after losing all three of their league fixtures in September, while Fulham and West Ham also found themselves in trouble after two draws and a defeat each.

In the final game of the month, Gareth Barry became the tenth player to reach 500 Barclays Premier League appearances in Everton's 3-2 win over Newcastle United.

  • Arsenal started the month with a North London derby win against Tottenham

  • Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil for a club record fee on transfer deadline day

  • David Moyes was reunited with Marouane Fellaini at Manchester United

  • Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori signed for in-form Liverpool

  • Sergio Aguero scored twice as City won the Manchester derby

  • Aaron Ramsey continued his rich vein of form to help Arsenal reach the top of the table

  • Paolo Di Canio was relieved of his duties at Sunderland after defeat at West Brom

  • Gareth Barry became the tenth player to reach 500 Barclays Premier League appearances

Awards

Manager of the Month: Arsene Wenger
Player of the Month: Aaron Ramsey

Key quotes

"I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger. From our negotiations it is clear the Club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."  – Mesut Ozil after joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

"Being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of and I believe that I can make a real contribution to the team’s efforts to win trophies in the future."  - Marouane Fellaini after joining Manchester United.

"I'm not sure there are two better strikers in the league. There are some wonderful partnerships around, you've got Van Persie and Rooney up there who've been outstanding. Those two are right up there with the best in the country and you saw that today.” - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after beating Sunderland.

How they stood

Barclays Premier League on 1 October 2013

    P GD Pts
1 Arsenal 6 6 15
2 Liverpool 6 4 13
3 Tottenham 6 4 13
4 Everton 6 3 12
5 Chelsea 6 4 11
6 Southampton
6 3
11
7 Man City 6 7 10
8 Hull 6 -1 10
9 Aston Villa 6 1 9
10 West Brom 6 1 8
11 Cardiff 6 -1 8
12 Man Utd 6 0 7
13 Swansea 6 -1 7
14 Norwich 6 -2 7
15 Stoke 6 -2 7
16 Newcastle 6 -4 7
17 West Ham 6 -1 5
18 Fulham 6 -5 4
19 C Palace 6 -6 3
20 Sunderland 6 -10 1

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Key Points

  • Arsenal sign Mesut Ozil and go top of the league
  • Summer transfer window shuts after a busy final day of movements
  • Luis Suarez marks return from 10-match ban in style
  • Paolo Di Canio leaves Sunderland post