Reprieve came the way of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger after three goals in the second half secured their first victory in six games at the Emirates against West Ham. It wasn’t all plain sailing as the Gunners were put to task in the first twenty minutes of the match to set a tone for what ultimately became a satisfying evening for the fans.
Prior to the match, it was announced that the duo of Petr Cech and David Ospina will be unavailable for the game. The mantle to keep the porous defense of Arsenal a bit tighter at the back fell on Emiliano Martinez. Interestingly, Arsenal kept a clean sheet which had been rare of late as the young Argentine acquainted himself well in his first Premiership start since 2014.
Mesut Ozil, who had come under some criticism for his poor form and contribution to the team broke the deadlock in the 58th minute before Theo Walcott doubled the Arsenal’s lead tem minutes later. Oliver Giroud put the icing on the cake in the 83rd when he curled in the third to consign West Ham and Bilic to their fifth consecutive defeats.
The conclusion was that four points from the last two games could spur Arsenal into contending for Wenger’s usual goal: Champions League football!
Antonio Conte bested Guardiola at the Bridge to keep Chelsea on track in winning the league. In a tense, fast and highly tactical match, Chelsea managed to curtail the fluency of the trio of Silva, De Bruyne and Aguero to triumph by two strikes from influential Eden Hazard.
Hazard had earlier scored from a scorching volley through some good interplays to put the Blues ahead. However, things began to look awry for Chelsea after Aguero tapped in from a rare mistake by Thibaut Courtois to level matters. From that moment on, the Citizens were on the ascendancy and controlled the ball expertly.
A rash tackle on Pedro in the eighteen by Fernadioho gifted Chelsea a golden opportunity to reclaim their lead and Hazard took the penalty kick on the bounce after a great Willy Caballero safe to ensure they went into the second half with the lead.
Chelsea held on in the second half to stay ahead and ensure they picked the maximum points. The defeat was the first double for Guardiola in a season by the same club. Antonio Conte would relish being the one that broke that record!
Tottenham left it late in South Wales to beat Swansea in thrilling match more suited to Hollywood scripts. Seemingly doomed to a failed output; Tottenham had to dig deep to eventually triumph, and dramatically so by three goals to one.
Liverpool continued their erratic performance by allowing AFC Bournemouth to snatch a point at the death in Anfield. That result played well in to the hands of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United!