In an action-packed weekend of sport, these three games shone through; 17 goals from a London Derby, a relegation 6 pointer, and a 9 goal thriller.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
The first game of the weekend was arguably the biggest. With Conte’s men leading by 9 points, it was up to Wenger’s men to stop them. They failed this task, conceding within the first 13 minutes to a header from Alonso. The Gunners were calling foul, as Alonso knocked out Bellerin with a flying elbow while jumping for the ball. Hazard then doubled Chelsea’s lead with an outstanding run from the halfway line on the 53rd minute, brushing off Coquelin and turning Mustafi. Arsenal made a mess at the back, with Cech passing straight to Chelsea’s Fabregas, who lofted it calmly into a open net in the 87th. Giroud got a goal with a header from 6 yards out in the 91st minute, but it was little consolation.
Everton vs Bournemouth
This is never the game you would have expected to be the 9 goal thriller, but that’s the Premier League for you! The match started off badly for the Cherries, after conceding a free kick in the first 10 seconds. Everton then attacked, with Lukaku curling one into the top corner from the edge of the box in the first minute. In the 23rd minute, Lukaku pulled it back for McCarthy (whose shot was blocked), but it rebounded back off McCarthy and rolled into the back of the net. Then, in the 29th minute, Eddie Howe’s men messed up at the back, with the ball rolling to Lukaku, who just had to slide it past the Bournemouth keeper.
The Cherries started the second half brightly, with Wilshere chipping it to King, who just knocked it in on the 59th minute. Bournemouth pulled another back, thanks to King again knocking it in after a low ball from Fraser on the 70th minute. Lukaku made it 4-2, with a jumping volley after Coleman’s chipped cross in the 83rd minute. Lukaku got his final goal after a backheel throughball from Barkley, leading to Lukaku shoving off defenders and sliding it home. In the 90th minute, Arter finished off another goal: after the ball pinballed around the box, Arter knocked it in on the line, while Everton defenders claimed it had gone out. Then, in the 93rd minute, Barkley finished the game off after a clearance lead to him running from the halfway, knocking it past the keeper who raced out, and rolling it into an empty net.
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland
This was another game you’d expect to be a cagey affair, yet it actually produced 4 quality goals, with Sunderland running rampant. Kone got the first on the 10th minute after a free was whipped in from Laroson. His original header was saved but not caught and a Sunderland player contested with the keeper for the rebound, after which Kone swept home the finish. N’Dong got the second, with a smashing effort from 25 yards out hitting the inside of the post and going in. Defoe got the third, with another sweeping effort from inside the box into the opposite corner in the 45+1st minute. Defoe got another two minutes later, with Januzai (again the provider) threading it through to Moyes’s main goalscorer, who turned his man and finished near post from 6 yards out.