"Our last 3 games haven't been up to the mark. We need to step up big time."
Week 15 of the Premier League saw Liverpool thump Spurs at White Hart Lane as Manchester City hit Arsenal for 6 at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace at home while Manchester United won away at Aston Villa. Everton continued their good form by winning at home to Fulham.
Cardiff’s win at home to Manager-less West Bromwich Albion was the only other win while the other remaining fixtures shared the spoils.
Manchester City 6 Arsenal 3 – 12.45pm KO, Saturday
Manchester City sent a resounding roar to title rivals Arsenal by winning a 9 goal thriller at home.
Sergio Agüero set the goal-fest in motion by opening the scoring on 14 minutes, which was cancelled out by Theo Walcott. They didn’t stay level for long as Álvaro Negredo put City back in the lead to take the host 2-1 up at half time.
Fernandinho then extended City’s lead 5 minutes into the 2nd half before Walcott struck again to narrow the gap to 3-2. It was only 3 minutes later that David Silva made it 4-2 to allow the home side some breathing space.
Fernandinho scored again to make it 5-2 before Per Mertesacker scored in injury time for Arsenal, but not before Yaya Touré scored from a penalty after James Milner was brought down by Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szcz?sny. The match ended 6-3, which saw Arsenal’s lead at the top of the league reduced.
A frustrated Gunner from India tweeted: “Our last 3 games haven’t been up to the mark. We need to step up big time. Need to use this 9 day break properly.”
Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Chelsea Goalkeeper Petr ?ech was the hero of the hour as his numerous saves helped Chelsea secure the points.
Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead in the 16th minute with a simple goal to set Chelsea off. Marouane Chamakh had other ideas however as he volleyed home coming up to the half hour mark. 6 minutes later, Ramires restored Chelsea’s lead to make it 2-1 at half time.
The match ended 2-1, but not before a mini onslaught by a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side that seem to be taking orders well from new boss, Tony Pulis.
Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 3 – 1.30pm KO, Saturday
After collecting only 2 points from their previous four league games, Manchester United looked to be well and truly back on track.
2 quick goals by Danny Welbeck inside 3 first half minutes stunned Villa and took them through to half time. Aston Villa had very little to offer in the 2nd half as the visitors piled on the pressure.
Wayne Rooney lined up Tom Cleverley to notch United’s 3rd goal of the game. Even with more than half an hour to go the contest was over.
Aston Villa have not beaten Manchester United at home since 1995.
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 – 4pm KO, Saturday
Brendan Rodgers Red machine destroyed a stunned Tottenham Hotspur side at White Hart Lane.
Luis Suárez stood in as Captain in the absence of Steven Gerrard and what a job he did. Suárez scored a brace and started the demolition of Tottenham Hotspur by opening the scoring in the 18th minute. Jordan Henderson doubled Liverpool’s lead 5 minutes before the break after Philippe Coutinho struck the bar.
A high kick on Suárez by Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho saw him get his marching orders and leave his team with 10 men for the majority of the match. Tottenham Hotspur didn’t offer much in the 2nd half and even ended the match without so much as a shot on goal. Liverpool continued their dominance.
Youngster Jon Flanagan scored his first goal for Liverpool with 15 minutes remaining which all but wrapped the game up. Liverpool weren’t finished however, as Suárez nabbed his brace before Raheem Sterling wrapped things up to make it 5-0 on yet another off day for Tottenham Hotspur.
Encouraged by Flanagan, a supporter on Facebook said: “Flanno has awesome attacking sense.”
Luis Suárez’ 16th goal of the season means he has surpassed the total for the entire Spurs team. The talented Uruguayan won the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year. He said of his progress since courting controversy:
“Coming back to play at Anfield was unbelievable because after so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back. They helped me, and that was important for me, for my confidence, and for my family, because they are together with me in this.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s latest heavy defeat was too much for the board as they mutually agreed to part company with Manager Andre Villas-Boas the next day.
Elsewhere, Cardiff won 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion. Newcastle and Southampton drew one each, as goalless stalemates was the final score for West Ham’s home game to Sunderland and Hull versus Stoke.