The Barclay’s premier league weekly roundup and the thoughts of our editor.
Manchester United 0 – 0 Chelsea
The pressure was high on LVG to get a performance from United who are currently going through their worst form in half a decade. but with the dutch man close to the axe, he saw is united team play arguably the best game of the season. They were dominant for most parts of the game and the fans were were behind their team seeing them playing attractive flowing football once again.
Chelsea were guilty of missing some great opportunities but the game was balanced on the performances of 2 of the best keepers in the world that were the only reason the game finished scoreless. The performance is no doubt the only reason LVG is still at the helm, and if united continue to play this style of football we could well see them kick start their season again.
Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Swansea City
Swansea City held on to claim a much needed point after frustrating Crystal Palace in a 0-0 draw away at Selhurst Park.
Both Patrick Bamford and Wilfried Zaha had great opportunities to give Palace the lead, while Wayne Hennessey made a superb last minute save from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick, that could have left palace ruing there missed chances.
Everton 3 – 4 Stoke City
In a thrilling 7 goal contest Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic scored a dubious stoppage-time penalty to earn Stoke a 4-3 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
Xherdan Shaqiri twice put Stoke ahead in the first half, only for Romelu Lukaku to cancel out both leads with two of his own goals either side of the half time break.
Gerard Deulofeu put the hosts in front for the first time in the match in the 71st minute, before substitute Joselu brought the sides level again with 10 minutes remaining. Arnautovic sealed a dramatic win from the spot after being brought down by John Stones, although i am sure when the ref looks at the replays this morning he will be questioning his own decision to harshly award the penalty against Everton.
Norwich City 2 – 0 Aston Villa
2 Goals from Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani did the job as Norwich City cruised to another victory against Aston Villa, who have now played 18 league games without a win keeping them routed to the foot of the Barclay’s Premier league table
Howson volleyed in the opener from a Nathan Redmond’s cross during the first half, and then three minutes from time the Iborian Mbokani headed home the second.
It was a second win in three for Norwich City who edge away from the relegation zone, while Villa hope new manager Remi Garde will be hoping to bring in fresh faces during the transfer window to ease their survival hopes.
Watford 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
A dramatic late winner from Substitute Heung-Min Son was enough to give Tottenham a 2-1 victory over 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road.
Spurs set up to counter attack and in 17th minute Erik Lamela side-footed past Heurelho Gomes to give Spurs a 1-0 lead before Watford equalized just before the break when Odion Ighalo used his power to get past Eric Dier and poked home his 14th goal of the season.
Spurs kept pushing forward and got their reward with seconds left on the clock as the ball was crossed in Son was in the right place at the right time to back heel the ball through the legs of Gomez and into the Watford net.
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Newcastle United
Newcastle’s teenage goalkeeper Karl Darlow had a Premier League debut nightmare as his error handed West Brom a 1-0 win.
Darlow was a last minute replacement for first-choice Rob Elliot, who was unwell in the warm-up, and allowed a Darren Fletcher header to squirm past him with 12 minutes remaining to settle the tie
West Brom took all 3 points in what was a high-intensity encounter, that saw the woodwork hit three times – once by the Baggies and twice from Newcastle. West Brom forced 17 corners and had 22 shots at the Newcastle goal – 12 of which were blocked by some last-ditch defending by Newcastle.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Bournemouth
Mesut Ozil put on a masterclass as he set up one and scored the other as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s side knew they could take top spot for 24 hours at least as long as his side picked up the 3 points as Leicester host Manchester City on Tuesday night.
And they were worthy winners against the Cherries, with Ozil producing his 16th assist of the season when his corner was headed home by Gabriel in the first half, before dancing through to score the 2nd after an deft flick by Giroud. Arsenal fans must surely believe now that their tear are worthy contenders for the premier league title this season.
West Ham United 2 – 1 Southampton
Andy Carroll came off the bench to head the winner as West Ham came back from a goal down to a 2-1 win over Southampton – and their first Premier League victory in nine games.
Ronald Koeman’s side – who had stunned Arsenal 4-0 on Boxing Day – completely dominated the first half and should have had more reward for their efforts than a Carl Jenkinson’s own goal.
Slaven Bilic brought on a double change at the break paid off for the hosts and it paid off, with substitute Carroll nodding in the winner with 11 minutes to play after Michail Antonio scored a fortunate equaliser.