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It was indeed a decisive weekend in the Premier League. It was just a point separating the teams in the top four-except Arsenal who are three points behind Man City- going into the Man City and Chelsea game which kick start this weekend games. The lunch time game lived up to its expectations but ended with disappointing brawls.
Man City controlled the game impressively in the first half and went ahead thanks to Gary Cahill own goal but Chelsea fought back gallantly to claim a 3-1 win. And Arsenal proved they can do better with the 5-1 demolition of West Ham thanks to Alexis Sanchez hat-trick.
With Liverpool facing Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea now lead the pack with three points ahead of Arsenal who have jumped to the second and Man City dropping to the fourth. If Liverpool win against Bournemouth, the standings will return to its former state except Arsenal and Man City that swapped positions; the Gunners now occupying the third place.
Arsenal have been apparently ousted from the title race by pundits but this weekend win has shown they are still in the race.
The Premier League has not been closely contested like this season before but with the look of things; it may run down to the final day before knowing the winner of the league, though Chelsea are now the strong favourites and they seem unstoppable at the moment.
The December fixture is always congested and not all clubs will survive it. The results in the top four this weekend have blown the title race open or should one say the top six after Tottenham’s thrashing of Swansea City.
Winning against lower teams is not enough for team that wants to win the league but also taking points off their title rivals, and that is what Chelsea is doing at the moment.
Chelsea will literally win their remaining December’s fixtures while Arsenal will have Cesc Fabregas to thank for the sending off of Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero in the math against Man City. The pair will miss Arsenal match.
Too early to write any team off. Surprises are not far from reach in football.