Arsenal’s title bid back on as Chelsea and United slip
The key talking points from the Premier League this weekend
It was another topsy-turvey week in the Premier League, with Chelsea held at home, second placed Manchester United beaten by Villa and Arsenal inflicting more misery on Liverpool, thanks to that man Arshavin...
GUNNERS BACK IN THE HUNTAfter their fine win at Anfield, Arsenal are well and truly back in the title hunt, but Liverpool's chances of a top four finish are hanging by a thread. The Gunners became the first team in six years to come from a goal behind to win at Anfield. It was Arsenal's 2003 vintage that last achieved the feat.
The Gunners are now just three points behind Manchester United and six behind misfiring Chelsea, and they have a game in hand.
Liverpool on the other hand have won just three of their last 15 games and now lie in seventh. They are five points away from a top four place, with Aston Villa, Spurs and Manchester City above them.
VILLA SCALP UNITEDVilla have already beaten Chelsea and Liverpool this season, now they
have scalped Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1983. After going close last season they are now on course to gatecrash the top four.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner at Old Trafford, and the young striker obviously enjoys playing against Alex Ferguson's men. He has now scored against them for four years on the trot.
If they can maintain their present form Villa look set to finish in a Champions League spot. Last season they had a chance but blew it, an older and wiser side may not make the same mistake again.
BLUES' BLUESLast month they were certainties for the title, but since their 3-0 mauling of Arsenal Carlo Ancelotti's men have not won a game and the Italian manager is facing the first real test of his mettle since arriving at Chelsea in the summer.
The Blues defence suddenly seems shaky and after first falling behind to lowly Bolton they twice conceded an equaliser in a 3-3 thriller at Stamford Bridge. That scoreline would have been unthinkable earlier in the season, and you and only imagine what Didier Drogba would have had to say after scoring twice, only to see his side draw.
Petr Cech will have to take his share of the blame. The increasingly nervy keeper's erratic performances appear to be unsettling the back four.
GOAL OF THE SEASON?He might not be familar to fans outside Wigan but Maynor Figueroa announced himself to the world with a spectacular goal-of-the-season contender from his own half. Spotting Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen off his line the defender floated a free-kick over his head from the wrong side of the halfway line.
It was reminiscent of David Beckham's strike against Wimbledon, also scored from his own half. That goal helped catapult the young United player to global superstardom - will Honduran Figueroa get the same treatment? He looks likely to move on to a bigger club in the summer.
But spare a thought for Sorensen in the Stoke goal. He will always be remembered for allowing Figueroa to score, even though he redeemed himself with a late penalty save to earn his side a point.
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