After the insane mid-week fixtures, the Premier League decided to turn up the heat. Goals, cards, an actual title race, shocking defending, what do you want? We got it.
It was a weekend of title defining results as the 15th set of games came to an end. City won 2-1 with a late winner for the third time in a row. It’s now 13 wins on the trot for them and the word ‘invincible’ is being uttered around The Etihad.
The red side of Manchester kept their title chase alive with a victory at The Emirates. Liverpool spanked Brighton 5-1, Chelsea beat Newcastle, Everton won their first game under Big Sam and Leicester scraped past Burnley.
In north-London, Tottenham continued their poor run of form with a draw against Watford, whilst Stoke won for the first time since the end of October.
Game of the Week: Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3.
Remember when Arsenal-United was interesting? Well, it’s back. Saturday’s clash between, old enemies, Mourinho and Wenger proved that United can actually play interesting football against the top 6, whilst resurrecting this fixture as a contest.
Within 14 minutes United had taken a commanding two-goal lead with Valencia and Lingard finding the back of the net. Like the Ferguson teams of old, United then sat deep and defended well against the gooners.
Despite Lacazette’s second-half goal, the scorching counter-attacking play of Lukaku, Pogba and Lingard saw the Red Devil’s seal the game with a goal number 3.
It was a game of fight, passion and heart. It even had controversy, with Pogba getting an early bath after a rash challenge on Bellerin.
More of the same please.
Losers of the Week: Swansea.
Losing twice in a week is seldom good. For Swansea City, it is an even more damning assessment of a team who haven’t won since October 14th.
Wilfried Bony scored for the first time in a year against Stoke on Saturday but his joy was short lived as Shaqiri and Diouf turned it around at the Bet365.
Swansea looked as toothless, lightweight and defensively incapable as they did under Bob Bradley last year. Remember that? That actually happened.
The Welsh club have now hit the bottom of the league table and unless they find their gall, that is where they are going to stay.
Mid-week Madness: the Wazza renaissance.
The mid-week games were a cut above last weekend’s boring escapades. Seriously, scrap European football and double the fixtures.
The highlight was Wednesday’s Evertonian recovery which saw Wayne Rooney smash home his first hat-trick in 6 years as they beat the Hammers 4-0.
The pick of the bunch was a pile-driver from inside the Everton half which the English striker hit with his laces over Joe Hart and two defenders into the goal, giving Everton a much needed three points.
Fame is fleeting, class is permanent.
Controversial Calamity: Did he dive?
There has been so much hype around soft penalties and diving that it’s a constant topic for pundits.
However, the decision to book Bournemouth’s Adam Smith for simulation during Sunday’s clash against Southampton was met with outrage. Mainly because he wasn’t diving, or simulating, he was fouled and fell over.
As Eddie Howe stated, sometimes it seems that the ref’s are ‘looking’ for the dives.
Mighty Minnows: Literally bloody no-one.
No small town winners this weekend. We could count Stoke as minnow as they ended a shocking run of form but that was against Swansea so, no.
Pretty much all the other small teams lost. West Brom and Crystal Palace played out the most boring draw ever. Again.
There isn’t anyone lads. Try again next week, Burnley won’t be able to get it again because we’re officially a big top seven club. Peace.