Darren Foreman: Villa win at Emirates only major upset on opening weekend

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The Premier League got under way with the only real surprise being the home defeat of Arsenal by Aston Villa.

They seem to be suffering from a case of short arms and long pockets syndrome as their lack of activity in the transfer market appears to be undermining their bid for a Champions League spot let alone their bid for the title.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke (top right) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 17, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke (top right) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 17, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Arsene Wenger could find himself under pressure early in this campaign to deliver on the promise of his young team and a demanding fan base.

Another manager under pressure is Newcastle’s Alan Pardew after their abject performance at the Etihad Stadium.

Getting as many players behind the ball as possible is not going to win many games and even though a sending off weakened them further, there was little intent in the first half regardless.

Step up to the plate Mr Kinnear to save the day.

The last Ashes Test gives England the chance to complete a 4-0 victory for the first time here in this country.

The Oval traditionally has a little bit more bounce than the other Test tracks on the circuit.

I expected Chris Tremlett to get a recall for the injured Tim Bresnan on the basis of his height and the fact it’s his home ground, but the hosts decided to bring in Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan and also dropped Jonny Bairstow to bring in Chris Woakes, who has been in top form for Warwickshire with bat and ball this season.

I am disappointed Michael Carberry did not get a chance to stake a claim too, but he has been selected for the t20 games as a reward for a fine domestic season.

Congratulations to the European Solheim Cup team, who defeated the Americans in their own backyard like their male Ryder Cup counterparts did last year.

They won on American soil for the first time and in Caroline Hedwell they had the first player to win all five matches in the three day contest.

I played my first game of cricket for a few years on Saturday and if anyone can donate some new fingers and legs, I’d be most grateful. It really is a young man’s game .

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Rickie Lambert - Two winning goals in the same week, the first on his England debut against the auld enemy.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Defeated United States captain Meg Mallon conceded her team “got our butts kicked” after Europe won the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time with an emphatic 18-10 victory in Colorado.