Following what was a superb weekend for Premier League football, Arsenal managed to stop Aston Villa from performing what was almost a wonderful come back to regain their place at the top of the league on Monday. As usual, this weekend was full of action, goals and of course controversy in the Premier League and it saw the top of the table change hands quite a few times. Going into the weekend, Arsenal were sitting top of the table, but the early kick off victory for Chelsea saw the Blues gain the lead only for it to be taken away by Manchester City and then by the Gunners.
The Monday night Football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal, at Villa Park, was one way traffic for the majority of the match until the later minutes after the first hour. Arsenal were dominating in the first half against Aston Villa, who had to be just focused on their defence. However, when the gunners broke through it was a double hit as they buried 2 goals within one minute. In the 34th minute Jack Wilshire used accuracy to get past Brad Guzan and then 17 seconds after Villa’s kick-off, Giroud managed to guide the ball into the back of the net to gain a two goal advantage.
The teams went into the dressing rooms at half time with the score at 2-0 and when they both came back out onto the pitch, the game was looking a bit dull, but still in Arsenal’s favour. The Villains managed to find a spark in form as Christian Benteke, who hadn’t scored since 14th September 2013, converted a decent cross with a diving header to get his team on the score sheet with 14 minutes remaining. The Belgian missed another glorious header which resulted in Arsenal easily and calmly seeing out the rest of the game, claiming all three points and taking the lead on the Premier League table.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Manchester City managed to defeat Newcastle 2-0 in a controversial game which saw a disallowed goal for the Geordies; the referee of that game is not in charge of any games this upcoming weekend. The top 7 teams didn’t move in the table as they all managed to grab victories against the lower teams. Further down the table, Sunderland’s 4-1 victory against Fulham took them off the bottom position as Crystal Palace suffered a loss to Tottenham, which saw them replace Sunderland at the foot of the league.
Premier League results from the weekend:
Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal
Newcastle 0-2 Man City
Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
Hull 0-2 Chelsea
Cardiff 0-2 West Ham
Everton 2-0 Norwich
Fulham 1-4 Sunderland
Southampton 1-0 West Brom
Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace
Man Utd 2-0 Swansea
Author Daniel Foster.
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