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The Premier League Weekly- The beginning of a new year

The start of a new year and a fresh start but what was Chelsea’s New Year resolution going to be after it seemed impossible for any team to catch up with them, how would they fare against an excelling Tottenham side, who had won four in a row.

Arsenal produce a miraculous comeback to break the hearts of the Bournemouth fans

3-0 up against Arsenal and with about twenty minutes to go, Bournemouth fans were on top of the moon- you just could not imagine the immense excitement for the home fans. But when Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez pulled two goals back within five minutes, it was this time the Arsenal fans’ time to celebrate as they had 15 minutes to rescue a vital point on the South Coast. Arsenal saved all the drama for last as Olivier Giroud headed home an injury-time equaliser to spoil the party for the Bournemouth fans and ensure at least a point for Arsene Wenger’s men.

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Olivier Giroud rescues Arsenal a point at Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe spot on as Liverpool collapse at Sunderland

Well where would Sunderland be without Jermain Defoe? In the Championship, as most would say, but with the brilliance of Defoe; Sunderland are given that little bit of reassurance when it comes to getting vital goals in those important games. After a wonderful victory against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, Liverpool were looking to follow up their win with another dominant display against Sunderland. Unfortunately for most fans, it was not to be one of those ‘perfect days’ as Jermain Defoe scored two goals from the penalty spot to rescue Sunderland a controversial point against the league contenders. With all these vital goals Defoe is providing the team with, it would seem a huge surprise to everyone if manager David Moyes would allow Defoe to leave the club in the winter transfer window.

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Jermain Defoe converts from the penalty spot

Manchester City fight hard to earn narrow victory over Burnley

Of course, it was not one of those performances that would please Pep Guardiola but at the end of the day- a win is simply a win. On the back of some heavy criticism, Manchester City were looking to turn fortunes around with a presentable task against Burnley. However, fans were soon to be taking their words back after the score remained goalless at half-time with Burnley coping well with City’s menace. Early into the second half, Gael Clichy broke the deadlock to give his side the lead before Sergio Aguero doubled City’s advantage with his first goal since returning from suspension. Ben Mee struck to silence the home fans for a little while but the hosts held on and recorded a 2-1 victory.

Tottenham end Chelsea’s streak with dominant display against leaders Chelsea

A mouth-watering London derby we had set up for us at White Hart Lane with Chelsea looking to write their names into the history books if they were to get their 14th successive win…

It was pretty much a dull first half for both sides but the in-form Dele Ali struck the game into life with a fine header just before the interval. Spurs doubled their lead through the same man again as Ali produced yet another fine header to put the home side in the comfort zone and condemn Chelsea to their first defeat in 13 games. The result takes Tottenham up to third in the table above both Arsenal and Manchester City.

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Dele Ali heads Tottenham in front against Chelsea

Manchester United enjoy wonderful winning streak

After winning six games in a row, the question that will lie in most fan’s minds would be: Are United back in the title race? It might be the case after results have dried up for both Arsenal and Manchester City, opening the gap for both United and Spurs. A dominant 2-0 display against West Ham at the London Stadium continued Man Utd’s excellent winning streak with their sixth in a row. It took a while for either side to break the deadlock but just over the one-hour mark, it was Juan Mata to fire United into the lead as West Ham’s efforts had come to vain. Ibrahimovic sealed the win with his fourth goal in as many games.

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Darren Randolph produced a string of saves but could not keep out Mata’s opener
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