Mr Football’s December 16th weekly dribble.

Manchester City were home against league leaders Arsenal and Manchester City showed why they are favourites to win the league title this year. They have been untouchable at home so far this season and they showed why, with a rampant 6 to 3 result against Arsenal. It was a tough week for Arsenal after losing mid week to Napoli in the Champions League and this result will not sit well with the Arsenal faithfull. Home ground advantage and having the luxury of resting all but a few of their main stars, Manchester City were all ready and had the upper hand, but there was denying the fact the they look the good especially at home with a dominant display of pure atatcking football and as much as Arsenal found a way back into the game, Manchester City just kept hitting them with killer punches until Arsenal finally hit the canvas. Are these the cracks that could be showing in the Arsenal armour, who knows only time will tell and next weeks game against Chelsea could tell us even more.

The other big game this weekend saw Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool, with Liverpool not having a great deal of luck at White Hart Lane over the last 5 years. They have not walked away with a single win. This looked a omnious for the boys in red again especially with the loss of their captain Steve Gerrard due to injury. This year things have changed and oh did they change, Liverpool were rampant from the word go and who else but captain for the day Luis Suarez scored the openner. Liverpool did not stop there, they kept pushing the Spurs until Henderson made it 2 nil going into the break. Spurs to their credit started getting a bit more of the ball and when a rash tackle from Paulinho on Suarez earned him a red card, after that it was Liverpool with the ascendancy from there and with a classy volley from Liverpool young left back Flanagan and goals from Suarez and Sterling it was Liverpool’s day with a 5 nil win that took them back to second on the league table.

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Manchester United bounced back with a comfortable win over Aston Villa with a brace from Danny Welbeck. This was a good result for Moyes to get his chargers back to winning ways and hopefully help them keep in touch with leading pack above them.

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Chelsea hosted a rejuvinated Crystal Palace side. Chelsea took an early lead with a goal from Torress after a shot had come of the post but Crystal Palace never dropped their heads and kept battling on and got an equaliser through ex Arsenal player Chamakh, but it was Chelsea who took all 3 points when Ramires put a thunder bolt in the top left hand corner from outside the box.

Everton keep impressing the neutrals with another good win over a struggling Fulham side. Everton started on the front foot and took the lead going into the break. After the break Fulham bounced back and got a goal that their efforts at the time deserved. The goal seemed to spur Everton on and it wasn’t long when they took the lead again and then hit another 2 late goals in the game and walked away with a 4 to 1 result.

Newcastle hosted Southhampton who have been struggling as of late and they looked like their struggles were continuing when Newcastle took the lead, but Southhampton rallied and they equalized with a superb bit of play to come away with a 1 all draw. This result keeps both teams in their respective positions on the table.

In other results we saw Cardiff take a 1 nil win over struggling West Bromwich, who after the game saw their manager Steve Clarke get sacked due to their poor run of results that has put them close to the foot of the table.

West Ham hosted bottom of the table Sunderland and both teams walked away with a stalemate nil all draw.

Norwich hosted Swansea and despite going down to a goal they fought back and got a equalizer and the game ended in a one all draw which to be fair was the right result.

Hull City hosted Stoke City and the game despite a few chances wasn’t much of a game to tell your grand children about in the future as it ended in a nil all score.

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