Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville are “stupid” and Arsene Wenger remains “the best man for the job” according to Arsene Wenger following Sunday’s action in the Premier League.
Arsenal traveled to Brighton and quickly found themselves 2-0 down due to two errors from Petr Cech. Although Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang did halve the deficit before half-time it never really looked like Arsenal were going to turn it around. Arsene Wenger said post-match, “It is very difficult, nearly impossible now – we are too far behind,” when talking of the side’s chances of finishing top-four. “We have to be realistic. We need two teams to collapse and I don’t see that happening. We have to give our best for as long as we can and the Europa League becomes important.” Wenger went on to say, “Am I still the right man? Yes, because I’ve done it before. I believe a quality of a manager is to try to shorten a crisis. I believe I can do that.” Unfortunately for Wenger, it has felt for a long time now that he is a lone voice in that belief.
Jamie Redknapp called Chelsea’s performance against Manchester City at the Etihad “a crime against football” and Gary Neville pretty much agreed. City dominated, won 1-0 and Chelsea failed to register a shot on target and, more worryingly, did not seem inclined to want to get a shot on target. Conte hit back post-match but the fact remains that Chelsea’s tactics were incredibly negative and as a result they find themselves five points off a Champions League spot.
With Manchester United playing Crystal Palace tonight, Liverpool took full advantage of their opportunity to move into second and beat Newcastle 2-0 at Anfield. Mo Salah scored once again and Sadio Mane continued his good run of form by netting the second. The defeat leaves Newcastle two points above the relegation zone.
Riyad Mahrez was Leicester City’s saviour deep into injury time at the end of their match with Bournemouth. Bournemouth led 1-0 until Mahrez skidded home a 30-yard free-kick to earn his side a late point.
Southampton and Stoke City were both in desperate need for three points at St Mary’s but neither side could turn that desperation into goals. The game finished 0-0 leaving Stoke second from bottom and Southampton 17th, a single point above the relegation places.
Heung-Min Son scored a brace for Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley as they opened a gap between themselves and Chelsea in the Champions League race. Spurs beat Huddersfield 2-0 and were relatively untroubled during the 90 minutes.
The same could not be said for West Ham United. They traveled to Swansea City who were looking to turn around their 4-1 defeat last weekend. “The worst performance since I have been here” according to David Moyes allowed Swansea to do exactly that, beating West Ham United 4-1 and enabling Andre and Jordan Ayew to play well enough to give Carlos Carvlhal the platform for another brilliant quote: “We played like 11 brothers today, not just 2”. Swansea are up to 13th, but only three points above the drop zone.
Troy Deeney scored for the second successive weekend and it could well be the goal that spells the end of Alan Pardew as a Premier League manager. It was believed pre-match that defeat would see West Bromwich Albion sack their manager, so we wait to see if they will be true to their word following Watford’s 1-0 win.
Finally, Burnley won their first match since mid-December by beating Everton 2-1 and Turf Moor. The win keeps Burnley in the hunt for a Europa League spot.