Best of the Weekend – Sept 24-25

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Arsenal’s thrashing of Chelsea was the big talking point in football, while Rory McIlroy’s resurgence and another ruthless, robotic performance from Cyborg at UFC Brasilia made up the rest of the Best of the Weekend…

The Gunners took the bragging rights in the first big London derby of the Premier League season with an emphatic 3-0 win, helped in no small way by some shambolic defending from Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic .

It was enough to make any Arsenal fan’s dream come true!

Pep’s Sterling work

Pep Guardiola is a magician. Football fans around the world certainly seen to think so after the transformation of Raheem Sterling, who has gone from the no-confidence, couldn’t-trap-a-bag-of-cement flop that we saw in an England shirt in France at Euro 2016 to the tricky, goal-scoring match-winner we saw at Swansea this weekend.

Take a look at these stats if you don’t believe us!

Marky Marquez makes his mark

Mark Marquez powered to his fourth win of the year at Aragon MotoGP to stretch his lead in the standings to 52 points and close in on a third title in four years.

The 23-year old Repsol man fought back to win after problems saw him drop from pole to fifth place.

But, still, just look at the state of Dani Pedrosa’s tyres!

Cyborg crushes another human

Chris ‘Cyborg’ Santos showed just why she is virtually unbeatable with another performance of awesome power that put paid to the ‘Elbow Princess’ Lina Lansberg in Brasilia over the weekend.

It was all too easy in front of her adoring home crowd and she looks unstoppable.

The question is, what’s next for the Cyborg? Is she willing to drop a weight category and start fighting a better quality opponent, or is there another alternative?

Rory roars back into form!

Former world number one Rory McIlroy certainly knows when to turn up.

Out of sorts for most of the year, the Ulsterman was in electric form at East Lake over the weekend, triumphing on hole four of the sudden-death playoff to earn a cool $11.5 million – $1.5 million for the Tour Championship and $10 million for the FedEx Cup (his fourth time!).

Europe fans everywhere will be hoping he can take this form into the Ryder Cup!

Japan march on at AFC U-16

Japan and their teenage prodigy Takefusa Kubo had brushed all aside in qualifying for the knockout stages of the AFC U-16 Championship in India, scoring 21 goals and conceding none.

They didn’t have it all their own way in Sunday’s quarterfinal, but still managed to beat the UAE 1-0 to progress to the semifinals thanks to a goal from defender Ayumu Seko.