Arsenal Fall At The Feet Of City As Their North London Rivals Get Humiliated At Home To Liverpool

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Updated: December 16, 2013

Before the weekend Premier League fans were looking forward to this weekend’s fixtures to see who would come out on top in the “big battles” with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Tottenham hosting Liverpool. The fixtures lived up to expectation in excitement but probably not as much in competitiveness when Arsenal lost 6-3 to the ever dominant Manchester City at the Ethihad Stadium, although Arsenal were unfortunate as that they could have had a penalty for hand ball and they had a Giroud goal disallowed for a debatable offside decision. None-the-less that didn’t excuse Arsenal’s poor defending on corners when Aguero volleyed in their first although it was well taken, he was unmarked, Walcott came back from injury and was Arsenal’s savour to complete humiliation as he put in two goals to save them from being completely ruled out of the Title. Their North London neighbours Tottenham on the other hand were absolutely humiliated at the hands (or feet) of Liverpool or particularly Saurez and Henderson, both those two showed that they can take on the reigns from the early season Gerrard and Sturridge partnership with both of them heavily involved in all

the goals scored. The loss led to the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Manchester United got back to winning ways against Aston Villa with the home side barely threatening United’s defence, Welbeck managed to lift a bit of pressure off himself by scoring a brace (the first time he’s scored since their win against Swansea near the beginning of the season), also Tom Cleverly also relieved a bit of pressure by showing a bit more calmness and being a bit more decisive while on the ball and obviously scoring. Chelsea edged past a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side, but luckily as Palace mounted a lot of pressure of Mourinho’s side, Torres opened the scoring early on, an on-form Chamakh managed to cancel the goal out only for Ramires to score a good winner with even Speroni applauding after watching the ball fly into his net without moving.

Everton continue their great form and are creeping up the table discreetly, they showed just how well they can play football against Fulham even without their main man, Lukaku, getting on the score-sheet, Berbatov’s cooly finished penalty was an equalising goal but counted for nothing compared to Osman, Coleman, Barry and Mirallas’ goals. On-form Newcastle put in a good performance against another team high up in the table, Southampton, Alan Pardew’s side dominated the first half with Gouffran getting the goal inside 27 minutes of the game when the ball awkwardly deflected of Hooiveld’s leg. Lallana was brought on in the second-half, which changed the whole game, Southampton were back in the game and more chances were created, their goal came when a ball launched in the middle of the pitch was flicked on by Lallana, leaving Davis and Rodriguez to counter-attack in a stylish manner.

Cardiff got a desperately needed goal against West Brom to win the game 1-0 as Whittingham managed to put in a headed goal in what was a reasonably contested but scrappy match. The win relieved a lot of pressure that was mounted on Malky Mackay, but it didn’t help Steve Clarke as straight away after, he was sacked. Norwich held Swansea to a draw although Swnasea started better than Norwich with Dyer getting an early goal when he beat Bassong in the air to flick an aerial ball on then chip the Rushing Ruddy. The game was held up for a while when Dyer went down injured under the tackle of Bassong. The added time on the end of the half gave Norwich just enough time to equalise with a great volleyed goal from Hopper outside the box after Elmander chested it down to him.

Hull and Stoke battled it out for a 0-0 draw as there was not much to look back on during this game, except for maybe the fact that Begovic was the stand-out player in the match, keeping out Hull a few times. The other 0-0 game was West Ham against Sunderland, Sunderland would have felt a bit unlucky having dominated the game and by far created the most chances with West Ham barely having a sight on goal.

Results

Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

Cardiff 1-0 West Brom

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Everton 4-1 Fulham

Hull 0-0 Stoke

Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

Norwich 1-1 Swansea

Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool

West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

 

Article written by Seb True

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