Saturday summary

Merse, Le Tiss, Thommo and Charlie discuss Van Persie, Saturday's Premier League action and more...

The Story of Soccer Saturday - 3rd November

Matt Le Tissier on Aston Villa's 1-0 win at Sunderland

Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa - Le Tissier

"Guzan had one save to make in the whole game from Cattermole's shot from outside the box. Yes, Sunderland had a lot of balls go into Villa's box but I have to say Clark and Vlaar, at the heart of Villa's defence, were absolutely outstanding today, they dealt with everything that was thrown at them.

"Johnson again was disappointing for Sunderland. He's not hit top form yet at all and Sessegnon was not really doing enough to make a difference and create clear-cut chances. Sunderland don't create enough chances, score enough goals and that's a problem for them.

"I think Sunderland fans will be very concerned. It's worrying times for Sunderland, I'd say. They're not quite sure they'll be able to score enough goals to win a match and that's a problem.

"Benteke was at the heart of everything good going forward for Villa, he was a real presence up there, won a lot of headers and was always a threat from set-pieces. It was his knock-down that Agbonlahor smashed into the back of the net."

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Charlie Nicholas on Swansea's 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Swans worthy of point

"Absolutely, Swansea deserved a point. Chelsea didn't really play to the class they have. In the early part of the game Oscar was involved for about ten minutes but after that we never really saw much of the lad at all. To be fair Hazard was the one today who, after the first 10-15 minutes, really started to show his class but Torres was again disappointing. He had a very good chance with a header at the back post in the first half but it was an attempt that was lacking confidence.

"At half-time it was 0-0 and Swansea probably had the edge. The little fella Hernandez, who started the first half on the right, was a threat all day. Ashley Cole has been under a bit of scrutiny recently and this little lad kept at him all game; he was tricky, he was pacey and Cole had his hands full all day.

"Chelsea actually started the second half very positively and Cahill knocked down a corner and Moses glances it in off the post. You thought then 'this is Chelsea's day'.

"But after that Swansea were driven on by their fans and Hernandez produced a top finish, steering it into the corner. It was the least they deserved.

"Chelsea missed John Terry but they also missed the guile of Juan Mata."

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Phil Thompson on Wigan's 1-0 win at Tottenham

Martinez works his magic

"The booing from the Spurs fans tells you everything. Spurs weren't good enough on the day and this Wigan team, for how much has been spent, are quite enjoyable to watch. They were very confident, knew what they wanted to do.

"I know Wigan have had some ups and downs this season but they're still doing the same thing, their back three, four across the middle and three up front inter-changing. It works.

"The back three were excellent and the keeper wasn't worked that much. They were tremendous, won all their challenges and kept Spurs at bay.

"At the other end Wigan didn't create too many chances but Friedel had to make two great saves in the first half. For the goal the corner was crossed in, Friedel clawed it out, but not one Spurs player reacted; there was so much room for Watson he just side-foots it in.

"Thirty minutes to go Villas-Boas made a strange substitution. He brought Defoe off and the crowd went berserk. Spurs were poor all round and particularly in the final third when they were trying to create things."

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Paul Merson on Fulham's 2-2 draw at home to Everton

Fulham 2-2 Everton - Merson

"Everton were dominant throughout the whole match - I thought they were different class. They'll be getting back on the coach or the train or the plane thinking 'how did we not win this football game?'

"Everton went 1-0 down when Ruiz's free-kick came back off the post and hit Howard but after that it was one of the most one-sided Premier League games I've seen for a long, long time.

"Fellaini was outstanding. Going forward as a whole Everton looked fantastic. They had chance after chance after chance. But at the end Sidwell snuck in at the back post and tapped one in right at the end.

"Everton are usually slow starters. Not this season. They are a big, big threat. If they can keep their players fit they'll cause teams problems all the way through the season."

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Matt Le Tissier on Ashely Young's return from injury

"He's a very good player. He's had a bit of criticism in the past for the way he's gone down to easily but he seems to have got better and I think he's a very good footballer. He's a real benefit to the side. He's one of those guys that can play on either wing. He's always useful on the left wing, coming back in on his right foot; I remember a couple of goals he got against Arsenal in the 8-2 game which were superb. He could be a very important player for United this season."

Charlie Nicholas on Robin van Persie facing his former club

"I listened to the chat from Van Persie this week. When players have left your club and gone to other English clubs you don't feel particularly polite to them. But in Van Persie's case he just said 'I don't think you're going in the right direction'. I don't think it was about money because he knocked back Manchester City.

"To produce young players all the time has got more and more difficult and Arsenal have to eventually stop selling their top players. Arsene Wenger has helped transform Van Persie into the player he is today. I don't have any hard feelings about Van Persie - he terrifies me as an Arsenal fan.

"Wenger said this week Van Persie's movement is the best he's seen - and he's seen greats like Thierry Henry. Now Manchester United players believe in him and trust him they can fire the ball into his feet and we saw some of his turns last week, he is fantastic in really tight situations."

Phil Thompson on the Mark Clattenburg issue

"Before they've got enough evidence why did Chelsea think it was ok an hour or two after the game to let this go into the public domain? Accusations were being thrown about, one that's been retracted after a day of intense legal scrutiny.

"Why always them? To me one of the biggest things about it is sour grapes. That's my opinion. Here we have a team who've had a player sent off, they've just been beaten by what was possibly an offside goal and they're feeling very hard done by.

"I read the papers like anybody else and looking at what may or may not have been said. I feel so, so sorry for the referee, whichever way it goes, for the way Chelsea have gone about this. Chelsea must have something up their sleeve to prove this."

Paul Merson and Thommo on Roberto Mancini

Merse: "I don't know why he's been talking about the offers he had from other clubs last season, unless he's getting the whisper he might be on his way again. I find it strange. I know he was under pressure last year and when those teams were coming in for him he probably thought he was on his way but why say it now?

"I know they're going to go out of the Champions League but they are near the top of the league, they haven't lost a game this season, it's not as though they're struggling."

Thommo: "Is he feeling a bit vulnerable now they've got the new director of football in (Txiki Begiristain). Maybe he was trying to say how important he feels he's become by winning the Premier League title ahead of Manchester United.

"It wasn't him who brought the Monaco situation up but he was the one who brought up the 'seven or eight' teams who made offers. He didn't have to do that. So maybe he is feeling slightly vulnerable at the moment."