Top 5 Stories from Premier League Matchweek 23
Despite the chaos of the January transfer window, the Premier League somehow manages to just stun us with thrilling matchups despite the strength of the winners. Let’s go through the top stories from this weekend’s action, sprinkling in some transfer matters as well.
1. Liverpool end Man City’s invincible run
Coming off the heels of Phil Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had all the cameras pointed at him for the matchup against top of the league Manchester City. But what followed was domination from Liverpool, a thrilling comeback from City, and a 4-3 Liverpool victory. Most of the action was in the second half as the two sides were tied at 1-1 at halftime. Goals were coming from everywhere from both sides, but City came up short. Liverpool rise to 3rd with the victory, and City still remain on top the table.
2. Bournemouth stun Arsenal, fans preparing “Wenger Out” protest, Sanchez not in lineup
Arsenal were beat 2-1 on the road by AFC Bournemouth, in what was one of the most lackluster performances seen by the Gunners all season. Reaction from the Arsenal fan base was overwhelmingly negative as reports rose of a protest against manager Arsene Wenger have begun to surface. Alexis Sanchez wasn’t put in the side for the game, a sure indication that his transfer is imminent. Arsenal sit in 6th position, while Bournemouth rise to 13th.
3. Man United beat Stoke 3-0, Mkhitaryan not in the lineup
United took care of business at home, with goals from Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial, and Romelu Lukaku. Paul Pogba dazzled in the midfield, with two assists to his name. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is subject to a transfer related to bringing Alexis Sanchez in a swap. Also, Mkhitaryan and United manager Jose Mourinho had a falling out earlier this season that’s led to this expected move. United sit 2nd while Stoke sit 18th.
4. Spurs destroy Everton 4-0
With a brace from Harry Kane, a goal from Son Hueng-Min, and Christian Eriksen, Tottenham handled Everton very well at home. Despite the game only being 1-0 at halftime, the second half was a thrilling 45 minutes from Tottenham. The Spurs sit 5th in the table while Everton sit 9th.
5. West Ham pummel Huddersfield 4-1
It was a rare showing of scoring brilliance from the Hammers. The teams were tied at 1-1, but West Ham poured on the goals with a goal from Marko Arnautovic and a brace from Manuel Lanzini. West Ham rise to 11th position in the table while Huddersfield drop to 14th.
Matchweek 24 begins this Saturday.
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