Yesterday’s Premier League games involved four of the top six, as Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and Tottenham and Manchester United drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane.
At Stamford Bridge Arsenal had the first clear-cut chance, as Oliver Giroud fired wide from a superb through-ball from Theo Walcott.
However, that chance was a rare one for the Gunners in the first half and Chelsea almost immediately took the lead. Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta fired in a cross that found Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who fired past Wojciech Szczesny with a powerful effort.
It wasn’t long before the Blues doubled their tally. Juan Mata put Ramires through one-on-one with Szczesny and the Polish international brought the Brazilian midfielder down. Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot and decided to issue the Gunners keeper with a yellow, when he could quite easily have dismissed the keeper.
Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard stepped-up and converted the resulting spot kick. Chelsea continued to dominate the first half and went in at half-time looking comfortable.
Arsenal came out stronger in the second half and got a goal back on 58 minutes. Santi Cazorla played a superb through-ball to Theo Walcott, who raced onto the ball and scored with a composed finish. Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, but the Blues hung on for maximum points.
In the other game Tottenham secured a draw with a last-gasp Clint Dempsey effort. United took the lead on 25 minutes. Tom Cleverley’s cross was headed home powerfully by striker Robin Van Persie at the far post.
Tottenham grew into the game and had their chances in the second half. However the equaliser didn’t arrive until injury-time. David de Gea punched a high ball clear, which landed at the feet of Aaron Lennon, the winger then squared the ball to Clint Dempsey who fired past de Gea in the United goal.
Could the draw at Tottenham be a big moment in the title race?
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