HAVE MANCHESTER CITY LOST YET IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
It took 23 matches (and 30 matches overall stretching back to last season), but the Cityzens are no longer unbeaten. Liverpool held on for a 4-3 victory, after it took a 4-1 lead after 68 minutes. Despite the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, the Reds attack got goals from the rest of the former ‘Fab Four”. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah scored goals nine minutes apart at the hour mark to lead Liverpool to the huge win.
The loss ends talk of an invincible season for City, to match the 2003-04 Arsenal team. But even with a Manchester United win Monday, the Cityzens would still have a 12-point lead over their Manchester rivals.
PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Chelsea 0-0 Leicester
Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
Huddersfield 1-4 West Ham
Newcastle 1-1 Swansea
Watford 2-2 Southampton
West Brom 2-0 Brighton
Tottenham 4-0 Everton
Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal
Liverpool 4-1 Man. City
Man. United 3-0 Stoke
BATTLE FOR TOP FOUR HEATS UP
United, Liverpool, and Chelsea were even on 47 points after Sunday, with the Spurs on 44. Arsenal has now started to be cut adrift in sixth on 39 points, and with Alexis Sanchez likely to be sold (more on that later), the Gunners might have to win the Europa League to save their season.
ARSENAL SEASON QUICKLY TURNING INTO A DISASTER
It looks likely that Alexis Sanchez will make the move to Manchester (which team is yet to be determined), and Mesut Ozil could possibly join him out the door and up the table.
Without the duo in the squad Sunday, the Gunners traveled to Bournemouth and collapsed late on, losing 2-1. Arsenal gave up two goals in four minutes to the Cherries, who beat the London team for the first time in club history to move up to 14th in the table.
The meltdown on Arsenal Fan TV has been must watch entertainment over the last few weeks, but for fans of the Gunners, this slide backwards over the last few years has alarm bells ringing. Can Arsenal make a run in the Europa League, a la Manchester United last season, to get back in the Champions League next season?
If not, it could be a long time in the wilderness for the Gunners.
At least they could celebrate something Sunday, with Manchester City’s first loss of the season reaffirming the Invincibles as the only Premier League team to go unbeaten for a full season.
BOTTOM OF THE TABLE MATCHES BECOMING MUST WATCH TV
From week to week, the race to stay in the Premier League for another season becomes more interesting.
West Ham (11th) and Crystal Palace (12th), who were firmly in the relegation zone for much of the first few months, now sit just two points out of ninth place on 25 points. But even in those lofty posititons, the two clubs sit just five points outside the relegation zone.
This weekend, West Ham, Palace, and Bournemouth (13th) all won, rocketed up the table. Next week, it could be Brighton and Huddersfield.
WEST BROM WIN IN PREMIER LEAGUE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE AUGUST
The Baggies started their Premier League campaign on a high, with 1-0 wins over Bournemouth and Burnley. But after August 19, West Brom went 20 games, and almost five months, without another victory.
The Baggies knocked off Brighton 2-0, buoyed by a fourth minute goal from Jonny Evans.
Under Alan Pardew, WBA is 1-4-4 in the league, but seem to be moving in the right direction. The Baggies are also in the F.A. Cup fourth round, with a tricky trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday, January 27 (2:45 p.m.)
Written by Sean Miller. @TheProdigalSean