The “Arsene” gang once again fell and crumbled in the face of the giants of Westbromwich Albion.
The Arsenal players, the coaching body, the medical personnel and the entirety of Arsenal fans suffered another shock at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as they crumbled and fell to the antics and tactics of Tony Pulis and his Westbrom players as they thrashed Arsenal three goals to one. In a bid to increase their charge on the race for top six or probably, top four, the Arsene Wenger team tried all their best as a team to get at least a solid point to increase their charge on the League title but all they could get was another shocking defeat from the tactical hands of Tony Pulis, the Westbrowich Albion manager. Rumour has it that the players intentionally did not play well in order to see the ‘bad’ manager, Arsene Wenger, sacked.
The other title contenders had their own time chasing their dreams; as the favourite to the title, Chelsea had the better in a match which seemed a tough one at the Stamford Bridge when the Potteries of Stoke City came surging forward to dash the sure hopes of Chelsea lifting the Premier League title this season. A first half goal from Willian seemed all they needed to overcome a gallant Stoke City but Walters equalizer cancelled the goal and piled more pressure on the Blues. Many chances were seen and the breakthrough came for Chelsea in the 87th minute when Gary Cahill nodded home the winner for Chelsea from a rebound of David Luiz header.
The Spurs had their own bite of the cake at the St Mary’s stadium on Saturday when they grabbed their precious three points away from home. Christian Eriksen put them ahead from a pass he controlled from Mousa Dembele and he fired a superb low strike into the corner from the edge of the area. Dele Alli put them further ahead as he converted another goal from the spot from a loose foul from which a penalty was awarded. The two-goal cushion was reduced when Ryan Betrand set James Ward-Prowse up and he finished neatly putting them back in the game.
Jose Mourinho’s men got an emphatic 3-1 win away from home to Middlesbrough. The opener came from Marouane Fellaini in the 30th minute when he finished brilliantly with a header. Jesse Lingard doubled the lead minutes into the second half when he took aim from 25 yards and found the net with an outstanding effort. Rudy Gestede scored his first league goal from a lax defending attitude of the Red Devil’s defence, a goal which was the first since January 31 which was the last time the side scored a Premier League goal. Antonio Valencia capitalized on a former teammate, Victor Valdes’ slip to wrap it all up which moved them to fifth on the table.
The biggest game of the week was between Liverpool and Manchester City in the Etihad stadium. There was not much about the match since the two sides decided to share points as the duo of Liverpool and Manchester City continued their title chase with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United grabbing all the three points in their respective top flights. The opener came for Liverpool in the 51st minute when James Milner converted it from the spot after Gael Clichy fouled Roberto Firmino to put Liverpool in front. A handful of chances were squandered by the forwards of Manchester City especially Sergio Aguero although he drew them level in the 69th minute, tapping in from a low Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
The title chase continues with Chelsea, the title favourites with ten points clear on top of the Premier League table and Tottenham coming right behind them followed by Manchester City on the with a game in hand which could put them level with Spurs in points. Liverpool comes fourth after their draw with City and Manchester United appears fifth with 52 points. Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are being swallowed by the crocodile of relegation. Let’s hope for more fun as the Premier League wraps up with ten games to go.