Friday 20 January 2023

Gunners’ gap growing


After 20 weeks, though most teams have a game or two in hand, Arsenal are at the top of the Premier League table followed by Manchester City with a resurgent Manchester United in third and an exciting Newcastle United in fourth place.

Week 11 – Ivan Toney scored both goals as Brentford beat Brighton at home on Friday evening while on Saturday after a goalless draw for Crystal Palace at Leicester, Bournemouth drew 2-2 at Fulham and there were home wins for Wolves, 1-0 against Nottingham Forest and for Tottenham, 2-0 against Everton. On Sunday Manchester City lost 1-0 at Liverpool where Juergen Klopp saw red while Arsenal held on to win 1-0 at Leeds and Mason Mount scored both goals in Chelsea’s win at Aston Villa. Newcastle United drew 0-0 at Manchester United and there was a 1-1 draw for West Ham at Southampton.

Week 12 – On Tuesday evening Brighton were held to a goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest while Wolves took the lead but lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace and on Wednesday Tottenham lost 2-0 at Manchester United while there were 1-0 wins for Liverpool and Newcastle at home to West Ham and Everton respectively and for Southampton with an early goal at Bournemouth. Brentford were held to a goalless draw at home to Chelsea while on Thursday Leeds lost 2-0 at Leicester and 10-man Aston Villa suffered a 3-0 loss at Fulham resulting in the dismissal of their manager Steven Gerrard.

Week 13 – Liverpool lost 1-0 at bottom of the table Nottingham Forest while 2 goals from Erling Haaland helped Manchester City to a 3-1 home win over Brighton and Manchester United shared 2 late goals with hosts Chelsea. Crystal Palace were beaten 3-0 at Everton while on Sunday Arsenal dropped points in a 1-1 draw at Southampton and Newcastle were 2-1 winners at Tottenham. Danny Ings netted a brace as Aston Villa swept Brentford away 4-0 at Villa Park while Leicester City enjoyed the same result at Wolves and Leeds lost 3-2 at home to Fulham. On Monday evening West Ham scored at the end of each half to register a home win against Bournemouth.  

Week 14 – Chelsea were battered 4-1 at Brighton and Liverpool lost 2-1 to a last minute goal at home to Leeds United while Tottenham trailed to a Kieffer Moore double but won 3-2 with a stoppage-time goal at Bournemouth. A brace from Callum Wilson helped Newcastle brush Aston Villa aside 4-0 at St James’ Park while there were 1-0 wins for Manchester City at Leicester and for Crystal Palace at home to Southampton and Brentford drew 1-1 at home to Wolves who finished the match with 10 players. Everton drew 0-0 at Fulham while on Sunday Reiss Nelson scored 2 goals in quick succession as Arsenal sailed past Nottingham Forest 5-0 at the Emirates and Manchester United picked up 3 points with a single goal against West Ham at Old Trafford.

Week 15 – Leeds United came from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at home to Bournemouth while 10-man Manchester City scraped past Fulham 2-1 with a stoppage-time penalty at the Etihad and Nottingham Forest also needed a stoppage time goal to salvage a 2-2 home draw against Brentford. Brighton and Hove Albion were 3-2 winners at 10-man Wolves and Leicester struck twice at Everton while on Sunday Arsenal defeated Chelsea 1-0 at the Bridge and Newcastle romped to a 4-1 win at Southampton who parted with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. Mohamed Salah scored both goals in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Tottenham while Crystal Palace enjoyed the same result with a stoppage-time winner at West Ham and Manchester United lost 3-1 at Aston Villa.

Week 16 Ivan Toney completed his double late into stoppage time to stun Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad and ensure a Christmas top spot for Arsenal who later won 2-0 at Wolves with a brace from Martin Odegaard while Leeds United twice took the lead with a double from Rodrigo but ended the match with 10 players and on the losing side after Rodrigo Bentancur scored twice in quick succession for hosts Tottenham Hotspur to make it 4-3. Everton were beaten 3-0 at Bournemouth while Southampton took the lead but lost 3-1 at Liverpool for whom Darwin Nunez netted twice and a single goal gave Nottingham Forest a home win over Crystal Place. Newcastle United consolidated third spot with a 1-0 win at home to Chelsea and Leicester won 2-0 at West ham while on Sunday Aston Villa came from a first-minute goal down to win 2-1 at Brighton and Manchester United enjoyed the same result at Fulham with the last kick of the match deciding the result before the World Cup break.  

Week 17 – On Boxing Day, Tottenham scored twice in 6 minutes to draw 2-2 after going 2 down at Brentford in the first match after the World Cup while Newcastle scored 3 times in the first half to win at Leicester and Arsenal fell behind to their visitors from West Ham but turned the match around for another win with 3 goals after the break. Nine-man Crystal Palace lost 3-0 at home to Fulham while Wolves scored their 2-1 winner in stoppage time after suffering an early setback at Everton and there were 3-1 away wins for Brighton at Southampton and Liverpool at Aston Villa. On Monday, there were easy home wins for Chelsea, 2-0 against Bournemouth and for Manchester United who defeated Nottingham Forest 3-0 while on Wednesday evening Erling Haaland netted another 2 goals as Manchester City won 3-1 at Leeds United.

Week 18 – On Friday evening Leicester City took the lead at Liverpool but lost 2-1 after Faes scored 2 own goals in the space of 8 minutes while Brentford won 2-0 at West Ham and on Saturday a single goal gave Manchester United all 3 points at Wolves while Manchester City dropped points in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Crystal Palace scored twice at Bournemouth while Southampton were 2-1 losers at Fulham and Leeds United held hosts Newcastle to a goalless draw. The year ended in a thrilling match in which Arsenal were 4-2 winners at Brighton while the first match of 2023 saw Tottenham lose 2-0 at home to Aston Villa followed by a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Nottingham Forest.

Week 19 – On Monday Brentford beat visiting Liverpool 3-1 while on Tuesday Brighton took Everton apart 4-1 with 3 goals in 6 second-half minutes and Manchester United put 3 past Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Newcastle drew 0-0 at Arsenal and a single goal gave Fulham a victory at Leicester while on Wednesday Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham blew hosts Crystal Palace away with 4 goals after the break and West Ham drew 2-2 at Leeds. Nottingham Forest moved out of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win at bottom of the table Southampton and Wolves earned a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa while on Thursday Manchester City picked up a vital 1-0 win at Chelsea.

Week 20 – The week’s matches began on Friday with a 2-1 loss for Leeds at Aston Villa while a day earlier, in a rearranged match, 10-man Chelsea were beaten 2-1 at Fulham. On Saturday Manchester United turned defeat into a 2-1 victory at home to their City neighbours with 2 late goals within 4 minutes while a brace from Solly March shocked Liverpool 3-0 at Brighton and James Ward-Prowse scored twice as Southampton came from behind to win 2-1 at Everton. Brennan Johnson scored both goals in Nottingham Forest’s win at home to Leicester and Brentford enjoyed the same result against Bournemouth while a single goal saw West Ham fall at Wolves. On Sunday Arsenal were 2-0 winners at Tottenham while there were 1-0 home wins for Chelsea against Crystal Palace and for Newcastle after a last-minute goal against Fulham who had missed a penalty. In rearranged matches Crystal Palace denied Manchester United an away win with a 1-1 leveller in stoppage time and Tottenham scored twice just before the break but lost 4-2 at Manchester City for who Riyad Mahrez scored twice.