37 goals were scored in the Premier League this weekend with seven of them coming at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium as the home side staged a remarkable comeback to beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The visitors lead 2-0 and 3-1 throughout the game but were pegged back to 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining before defender Nathan Ake scored the winning goal in the 93rd minute.
Chelsea took advantage of Liverpool’s misfortunes with a 3-1 victory over title challengers Manchester City in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off in a game that saw Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off for the hosts in the dying embers of the match. Arsenal moved into second place with a resounding 5-1 victory over struggling West Ham United at the London Stadium with Alexis Sanchez grabbing a hat-trick. North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur also scored five goals as they compounded Swansea City to the bottom of the table with an emphatic 5-0 home win.
Manchester United threw away another three points as late substitute Marouane Fellaini gifted Everton a penalty late on which Leighton Baines duly scored. West Bromwich Albion separate United and the Toffees in the table as Tony Pulis’ side moved to seventh with a comfortable 3-1 win over Watford. Stoke City moved into the top half of the table with a routine 2-0 win over Burnley while elsewhere there were much-needed wins for struggling Crystal Palace and Sunderland over Southampton and reigning champions Leicester City respectively. Middlesbrough rounded the weekend off with a 1-0 win over fellow promoted side Hull City in the Monday night football.
The MUFC Latest team of the week is as follows:
GK: Lee Grant – Stoke City: The on-loan keeper put in another solid display to thwart Burnley as his side came out 2-0 winners. The 33-year-old – who is on loan from Championship side Derby County – made a number of crucial saves as he kept a clean sheet.
RWB: Kyle Walker – Tottenham Hotspur: The marauding full-back continued his good form of late as Spurs brushed aside struggling Swansea City. He was effective in both directions and there is a case for him being the best right-back in the league right now.
CB: David Luiz – Chelsea: The Brazilian defender is in the form of his life at the moment as his side top the table heading into the busy festive period. Luiz didn’t give City striker a sniff in his sides 3-1 victory at the Etihad, so much so the Argentine forward got himself sent off for a horrific tackle on the Chelsea man late on.
CB: Marc Muniesa – Stoke City: The former Barcelona defender scored Stoke’s opening goal in a 2-0 win over Burnley, a goal that the Spanish side would have been happy with. He intercepted the ball in his own half before finding Marko Arnautovic. Muniesa carried his run on into the Burnley box and coolly slotted home the opener on the volley.
CB: Nathan Ake – Bournemouth: The on-loan Chelsea defender scored the dramatic last-gasp winner as his side came from 2-0 and 3-1 down against title challengers Liverpool. The 21-year-old is making some real progress during his loan spell on the south coast.
LWB: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea: The Spaniard is an integral part of Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system. Chelsea stretched their lead at the top of the table with an impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester City with Alonso teeing up Eden Hazard’s 90th-minute goal that killed off City’s slim chances of getting back into the game.
CM: James McArthur – Crystal Palace: Without getting on the scoresheet or claiming an assist, Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur ran the show in his side’s impressive 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday. It was a much-needed win for Palace and manager Alan Pardew who move three points clear of safety.
CM: Ryan Fraser – Bournemouth: The young Scotsman has only started two games this season for the Cherries but it was his 35-minute cameo on Sunday against Liverpool that really got people talking. He grabbed a goal back to make it 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining and set up Steve Cook to equalise just moments later before Nathan Ake grabbed a late, late winner.
CAM: Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur: The Danish international made it three goals in two games as he helped himself to a brace as Spurs ran riot against a depleted Swansea side. He teed up Son Heung-Min on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-0 and added a double in the second-half as the London side won 5-0.
ST: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal: Arsene Wenger’s decision to move Alexis Sanchez into a more advanced role has paid massive dividends. The Chilean followed up his double against Bournemouth last weekend with a cool hat-trick against West Ham in the Gunners 5-1 victory. If you haven’t yet seen his third goal, I plead you to do so, it was pure filth (in a good way). He also set up Mesut Ozil midway through the first half to opening the scoring.
ST: Diego Costa – Chelsea: Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system seems to be getting the best out of Diego Costa. The Spaniard netted his sides equalising goal against City on Saturday before setting up Willian to fire Chelsea ahead. He’s been involved in seven goals in his last five outings for the blues (four goals, three assists).