The build-up and the hype is well and truly over as the Premier League kicked in to action this weekend with a string of exciting and memorable matches.
Many of the top teams – Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City – got their new campaign off to a great start by snatching all three points in their respective games, although Arsenal weren’t so lucky as they fell to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Other talking points over the past few days included the use of Hawk Eye in a Premier League match for the first time ever as it was called into question in two of the matches to date. Specifically, it was used in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Hull City although no goal was awarded afterwards.
Also in the headlines – for all the wrong reasons – was Irish international Jonathan Walters who missed a last minute penalty as Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet was more than equal to his spot-kick as well as keeping out the rebound.
The conjecture and speculation will continue to swirl around about transfers until the window shuts, however the league table now has points on the board, and teams have already started to play ball – there’s not much room for talking any more.
Of course, that still won’t stop fans and players weighing in with their opinions whenever something irks them.
So, as the teams finally kicked the season off in style with varying levels of success, we offer you a small sample of some of the best tweets from the past few days as former pros and journalists alike reacted to three days of incident and action:
Pellegrini's side were excellent from start to finish, and the new signings look good. If anyone finishes above City they'll win the title.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 19, 2013
— Matt Holland (@mattholland8) August 18, 2013
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 18, 2013
Newcastle's fans not happy. "Spend some fucking money," they're chanting.
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) August 19, 2013
Good start to the season. Swansea is a hard place to win so satisfied today..a clean sheet would have made it better though!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 17, 2013
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