Week Ending 13th December. Round 17 matches.
Another big weekend in the English Premier League. Manchester City jumped to second place on Saturday, on equal points with the leaders Arsenal. City’s 3-1 scoreline over West Ham flattered them, as West Ham were well in the game for much of the time. City‘s joy was short lived, as their star Argentine striker, Carlos Tevez handed in a transfer request, claiming he was homesick.
Tottenham and Chelsea fought out a very competitive 1-1 draw. A result that was probably the best for the teams above them. Didier Drogba did Spurs, Man Utd and Arsenal fans a favour, missing a penalty in the dieing minutes.
Newcastle had a magnificent 3-1 win over Liverpool following their unfair dismissal of Chris Hughton during the week. There were great goals from Nolan, Barton and Carroll. Alan Pardew must be a special manager to turn around Newcastle‘s 5 games without a win in only his second day in the job, not that we have seen that much so far in his career.
|The biggest match of the round was held on Monday night. Manchester United played host to league leaders Arsenal. The noise from the crowd at the game was incredible. Arsenal needed only a draw to retain that position. They were forced to give young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny his first Premier League start, due to Fabianski being unfit. But he did not disgrace himself, pulling off some good saves and he had no chance with United‘s first half goal. Ji-Sung Park contorted himself into an unusual position to head the ball into the far corner, way beyond Szczesny‘s reach. Clichy was at fault for the goal, backing off of Nani allowing him to get the cross in. Arsenal fought hard, picking up four yellow cards, but were unable to get past United‘s superior defence. The only consolation for Arsenal fans was to watch Rooney‘s comical run up and blasting of the ball into the stands from a wongly awarded penalty.||
The result put United two points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand on the rest of the chasers.