It was so typical of Chelsea to lose meekly at mediocre Wolverhampton Wanderers and then four days later to cut the league leaders down to size. It's almost something of a Chelsea tradition to gun down the team that goes on to win the league. Hopefully this will be the case this season, as a Manchester City triumph is a lesser evil than Liverdisease or Tottensham becoming champions. Hopefully the Blues will go on an extended run of wins or at least a prolonged unbeaten sequence. Otherwise they will revert to the Chelsea of the 1990s: good at conquering the best team in the land and also equally good at conceding many points to lesser teams.
Match Thread: Newcastle Utd vs Wolves
Wolves travel to Newcastle today hoping to build on their momentous midweek defeat of Chelsea
Torreira Man of the Moment Again Player Ratings
Difficult one today as a few players looked knackered after a mammoth effort over the last week. Huddersfield were out to disrupt and frustrate. Really lacked that player between the midfield three and front two in the first half.
Burnley 1 Brighton 0
The eye of the tiger returned as Burnley bounced back to winning ways with a gritty Turf Moor victory over Brighton.
LOAN WATCH Calum Chambers at Fulham
As somebody who has always taken an interest in our younger players and players sent out on loan, I was inspired to start doing a regular “Loan Watch” for the Arsenal Times forum by Carl Jenkinson’s excellent form for West Ham during the 2014-15 season (how long ago does that seem now!).
Burnley 1 Liverpool 3
The Clarets remain in the Premier League’s bottom three but showed the stomach for the fight as they pushed title-chasing Liverpool all the way in a rousing Turf Moor performance.
Dismal Display In Wolverhampton
Chelsea Football Club's obsession with Serie A managers may be rebounding once more, as Maurizio Sarri presided over another lack lustre performance and miserable result. As a consequence, the wheels appear to be coming off their league campaign. They allowed struggling Wolves to come from behind with two goals in quick succession in the second half, slotted past the unconvincing Arrizabalaga. In front of him was the recalled Christensen. Chelsea always seem to be fragile when he is in the centre of defence. Meanwhile Willian looks to be having one season too many at Chelsea, while Alonso and Kante are being played out of position. High-flying Manchester Mercenaries must be licking their lips at the prospect of competing on Saturday evening against our misfiring, overpaid numpties.
Torreira Beats Mustafi to MotM Player Ratings at Man U
Really exciting game but neither side showed a great deal of quality in truth. Quite a battle in the end. Surprised both teams finished the game with 11 men. Disappointing to have taken the lead twice and thrown it away pretty pathetically both times. Yet again defending lets Arsenal down, but still unbeaten. Ratings follow:
Match Thread: Wolves vs Chelsea
Wolves face another of the pretenders to Man City's title hopes tonight at Molineux, hoping for an upturn in their fortunes.
United's stuttering season continues! The club qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare but the reds continue to draw games they would expect to be getting maximum points from. Recent draws at home to Crystal Palace and away at Southampton highlight the problem. The December calendar and the recently made FA Cup draw mean there is a busy festive period coming up. Fixtures start with a home match against Arsenal on 5th December and then struggling Fulham visit Old Trafford for the second home match in four days. The trip to Valencia is now a match where players could be rested as qualification is secure, especially as the club visit Anfield on December 16th.