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Manchester City ‘animals’ are going to be hard to stop now, wolves need to find their identity, Newcastle finally finding a spark, Manchester United’s title spurt is starting to wane and Arsenal can’t afford any more injuries

Context is everything At first glance, a point at Arsenal is not a bad result for Manchester United Certainly not if they had beaten Sheffield United during the week. Or maybe not if they had won the previous meeting between the teams at Old Trafford

But giving five points to this Arsenal side and only delivering one of two games after being at the top of the table this time around seems like a chance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side The Fear Is now that this will be remembered when the dynamics of the week shift The moment came The moment passed

United weren’t terrible at Emirates Stadium They kept a clean sheet at home Edinson Cavani, preferred over Anthony Martial, missed two good close range chances in the second half that could lead to an entirely different result and another Mood

Solskjaer was also brave to make an offensive move in the first half.As Scott McTominay could not continue due to illness, the manager did not turn to the direct replacement in Nemanja Matic, but opted for Martial and realigned the midfield

It just wasn’t enough against a weak Arsenal United doesn’t seem entirely ready to win Not being able to take the advantage home just when they worried others

They stay in second place in the table. Another top 4 result looks good and there are cup competitions to follow when Solskjaer is in search of cutlery

But it’s Manchester City three points clear now and with a game in hand The sides have slipped as they come forward this season but that feels different It’s hard enough to get Pep Guardiolas City from the start to hire In a handicap race, hope quickly fades

Maybe United can go again. Three of the next four are home. The other is in West Brom. They still have the option of being within reach when the derby is in March, but next time they have to seize the moment themselves Point in Etihad Stadium shouldn’t be enough then The context is everything Adam Bate

No Aubameyang, no Tierney, no Saka and a Partey who is nowhere near fully fit In these circumstances, a draw for Arsenal against Manchester United was not a bad result Mikel Arteta probably exaggerated when he said “in the second half we were so dominant, “but he rightly said that his team” had great chances of winning “and the right to be encouraged by what he saw from his injury -hit troops

As Nick Wright pointed out in his pre-game game, the big news at Arsenal is that in the last few weeks after a December of discontent, there has been a clear view of what Arteta is trying to do and in Saka as well as Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe who got back up, they have young players who are really promising

But what exactly does Arsenal’s season promise now? Jamie Carragher was asked to identify her ambitions for the remainder of the campaign and replied: “Playing European football next season you are still in the Europa League so you have the opportunity to reach a Champions League position since they definitely won’t make it into the top four. Can they sneak into the Europa League? “

That is a reasonable question, but another could be whether their efforts in the Europa League could harm their hopes for another season of European football, because what cannot be overlooked, especially when it comes to Mustafi, Ainsley Maitland- Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson, who may join the dropping-out list by Monday night, is how thin Arsenal’s roster looks conditions of available players Dani Ceballos is currently also missing due to injury Pablo Mari also has Gabriel not been in over a month since signing Covid Add in Saka, Tierney, and Aubameyang and a clear problem arises

Arsenal have seven games scheduled for February, averaging every four days.They have made real progress over the last month, but how much progress they continue to make over the next calendar month may be limited to whether they have most of their missing players Can remove from the treatment tablePete Gill

Opta released a staggering statistic after Man City’s last win. It read: City’s nine wins in all competitions in January were the highest a team has had in the first four stages of English football in a single month since Founding of the Football League had achieved in 1888

No wonder Pep Guardiola called his players “animals” after their 1-0 win over Sheffield United. They are relentless

The games have been wrapped up for the past 30 days. The city has also been hit by absenteeism from key players. But while those around them stumbled at the top of the Premier League, City just keeps winning

It is now a club record of 12 in a row in all competitions With the latest success on Saturday, it’s eight times in the Premier League where they are now sitting on the summit

While Guardiola was keen to talk about Sheffield United, it was clear that the creativity of Kevin De Bruyne and the completion of Sergio Aguero at Etihad Stadium was lacking, but which team wouldn’t be weaker without these Premier League legends?

The point is, whatever challenges the city faces – from adversaries to injuries to illness – they’re just moving on and you will find a way

There’s little time to think about their winning streak – they’ll be back in action against Burnley on Wednesday as they try to clear February for a Flyer Then comes what feels like a crucial test against Liverpool

If the winning run is still alive by the end of next weekend, it’s hard to see who’s going to stop City from reclaiming the Premier League crown for Peter Smith

Energy, creativity and most of all courage That’s all Newcastle fans wanted to see. They saw a season at Goodison Park

It looked naive in the first 25 minutes as Everton, assisted by James Rodriguez, broke through multiple times.But from then on, Newcastle narrowed Everton and had control of the game.It’s not often that we say that about Steve Bruce have

Callum Wilson was the star – he scored two and could have had five, continued to play too much success on the right. But Miguel Almiron’s relentless energy set the tone from the start and ran 5 km more than any other player on the pitch (11) )

Newcastle did everything Everton didn’t while Carlo Ancelotti lamented his team’s lack of fighting – “We were lazy, we were slow and we weren’t focused” – Newcastle ran more and sprinted more

Bruce concluded that this had happened, with the effects of Covid apparently wearing off and giving Newcastle a spark while that may be the case, the tactical switch was just as important

Now Newcastle fans want to see more of it.They have been asking for a bolder, more offensive approach for months, believing they have the players to do so by Gerard Brand

It was a smart Aston Villa away performance in Southampton, and they owed two of their summer takings for the results

Firstly, Ross Barkley’s goal – his third for Aston Villa in the Premier League since joining from Chelsea – was incredibly well hit. Jack Grealish made a steady cross, but Barkley still had a lot of work to do to get his header for the winner to bring home

He also had the most passing accuracy of the Villa team (85) 2 percent) and was the leader in important passes (2) and continued his comeback after an injury with encouraging performances

When asked about Barkley, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said, “He’s not 100 percent [after an injury] but he’s getting there. He’s actually played more minutes than he had minutes of training in the past 12 weeks

“Because we were all in self-isolation, he was fit again, but couldn’t do group training so he has to get fit again during the games. He has 90 minutes to spare tonight, so he’s getting better and better and it was a day great header “

But Aston Villa was perhaps most indebted to Emiliano Martinez for their win, with a series of sensational saves in the second half as Southampton tried to equalize, saving twice from Che Adams and a Jan Bednarek header to his 10 Premier League clean sheet of the season to hold – the second highest in the league

About his goalkeeper, Smith told Sky Sports: “He’s a very good goalkeeper so we brought him in. He was also the first in the locker room to thank the guys for the blocks”

The win put Aston Villa in eighth place over Arsenal and Chelsea, and while he would deny that, Smith could keep an eye on those European placesCharlotte Marsh

It was a confusing evening for Southampton, they had a massive 20 shots and 601 percent of the ball possession was wonderful football at times, but there really were few opportunities that immediately came to mind

Although Danny Ings turned out to be the lead actor, it was Che Adams who turned out to be the 70’s Minute scoring his first goal was possibly the only stroke of luck they had in the game after replacing the injured Theo Walcott

The other side of Southampton was the old enemy VAR They had declined a clear handball call at the beginning of the first half, which would have changed the whole game. Then Ings’ late compensation was ruled out by the thread of a shirt as offside to one exacerbate frustrating evening

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports: “We are currently struggling with injuries, but also with goals. That is why it is difficult for us to win games at the moment

“The reason I’m not too worried is that we have chances but the last ball doesn’t want to go in. The precision of the last shot is not perfect. We can do better”

It’s now a win in eight Premier League games for Southampton who haven’t scored a goal in seven league games and eight games in the second half.But if Hasenhuttl can bring his side back after a 9-0 loss to Leicester , he can certainly find the solution to the current problemsCharlotte Marsh

Sam Allardyce has to buy a bottle of champagne for West Brom administrative staff after they manage to file Mbaye Diagne’s registration in time to play against Fulham’s loaned Galatasaray man, who signed on Friday, was still not quite ready to go, but his arrival from the bench completely changed the game in favor of West Brom.They were fortunate enough to be still in the game at this point, having seen Fulham’s silky play star in the first 45 minutes

Diang looks very good at running the line on his own, which is what Allardyce wants from his central striker.His physicality gave Jerome Anderson a lot more to think about after the break than his clever hold-up play and movement on the channels formed the platform for the West Brom turnaround

As seen for West Brom’s second goal, scored by Matheus Pereira, where Diang made his way to the right before crossing over for his teammate to finish

Wolves are in a bad place Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been at the bottom of the table in their last eight Premier League games During that time, the Midlands Club have only picked up three points and their sad run was extended in south London when Ebere Eze’s dazzling strike was enough to secure Crystal Palace a 1-0 win

“A lot of things are missing”, Nuno said afterwards, “Better performance, better decisions, what is our identity Everything has to be faster Many passes were sideways and did not take any risks

“It’s not about individuals, it’s about all of us and we need to commit ourselves more to face the challenge we have before us. We have a great challenge and we need to improve and improve quickly”

Nuno has been unfamiliar with such alarming results at Molineux since the start of his tenure and the Portuguese’s warning to his players must now be heeded

Wolves have had December, when they beat Chelsea, had no success in the division While they have advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup, they continue to look toothless in the top division

It took them up to 56 Minute to score a shot on goal at Selhurst Park, and although new signing Willian Jose looked sharp on his debut, the Wolves are on the 14th Place fallen

Sheffield United are still at the end but improving as Newcastle’s win over Everton leaves them looking over their shoulder as they are not yet in a relegation battle but results and performances need improvement – starting with Arsenal’s visit on on Tuesday Ben Grounds

With all the Wolves’ recent problems, this was a much-needed win for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace team, who went into the game with just two league wins from their last twelve games against the bottom two While they were grateful to Vicente Guaita’s intelligent reflexes in the second half, this was a deserved win as their greater courage was rewarded

The authority Wolves have shown in securing two seventh places is nowhere to be seen in eight games without a win, but it was a moment of Ebere Eze’s brilliance that saw her usurping in 13th place It was a special target, Eze’s third goal of the season, and a clinical hit that was enough for the job

The win might have been nicer if Wilfried Zaha had kept his shot instead of rattling the bar, but this win certainly improved Hodgson’s mood with his team in midfield, 12 points from the relegation zone

Eze had been rather subdued before his match-winning moment, saying: “It took a long time. It wasn’t for us, but today we’re grateful to be winning. We always worked and tried to give the best we can can, but sometimes it didn’t work. It was a difficult run, but we corrected it today

“With the quality we have on our team we always know that we are capable of creating opportunities I just saw the ball roll over the box trying to make some space so that I can shoot my shot. Now let’s look up the table, collect points on the board and climb to the top as fast as possible “

Creativity, speed and breaking boundaries are problems Wolves need to solve, but with Eze on board, Palace has these qualities in abundance at Ben Grounds

Just days after the shock of the season at Old Trafford, Sheffield United shouldn’t have a repeat trick over the Pennines, but despite a narrow defeat by the Manchester City machine, it was further evidence of Chris Wilder’s side remaining, as was Pep Guardiola put it, “alive”

The city’s dominance of ownership and territory was predictable, but Guardiola, whose crew had only managed three shots by the break, feared a difficult task and proved it

Wilder will regret the slapdash nature of the gate, which turned out to be crucial Bernardo Silva was unable to wriggle between a misjudged header and the failure of a marker from Jayden Bogle and Ethan Ampadu

But he’ll be delighted with their resilience and application, with a series of subtle saves that should instill the confidence of a previously fragile looking Aaron Ramsdale, the increasingly adventurous game of John Fleck, who was about to punish City late – and Oliver Norwood in midfield

If there was any suspicion from outside that this team might have been content with their fate, this was a week in which they were resolutely eliminated

“We don’t want to be petted on the back, but you saw a team fighting for their lives there,” said an energetic savage afterwards

“There’s a way, a body language and an identity and I think we’ll show that and get it back I feel like we still have a lot inside of us”

Her biggest Premier League test – West Brom on Bramall Lane on Tuesday – is waiting for her and it should be a showdown to enjoy. Two trips to Manchester set the mood for Kate Burlaga

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