Chelsea who beat Fulham 2-0; Tottenham and Liverpool were the big winners but that only tells half of the story with the big losers being Mauricio Pochettino and Jordan Pickford.
In the North London derby, Poch again failed to react in-game – a worrying trend – while Gunners boss Unai Emery gave a coaching masterclass and has brought a new steely determination to his side.
Tottenham’s Argentine gaffer made his first huge mistake before a ball had been kicked by resting his best centre-back Toby Alderweireld – a baffling decision. In contrast Emery changed the course of the game with a double substitution at the start of the second half – bringing on Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.
After failing behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty, given for a stupid handball by Jan Vertonghen, Spurs undeservedly went 2-1 up thanks to a poor piece of goalkeeping by Bernt Leno and a dive by Son Heung-min, which resulted in Harry Kane tucking away a spot-kick.
Eric Dier got handed a massive dose of karma. After his celebration in front of the home fans sparked what was already a powder-keg atmosphere, he was then badly at fault for Arsenal’s third and fourth goals. At the final whistle he looked like he was rode hard and put away wet.
The hosts’ relentless attacking performance was a sight to behold and the brilliant Aubameyang and Lacazette both scored stunners, with Lucas Torreira getting the goal his swashbuckling performance deserved.
Victory extended the Gunners’ unbeaten run to 19 matches and moved them above Tottenham into the top four, where I tip them to remain until the end of the season along with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
So much for a power-shift – that only happens when the newly dominant side wins actual trophies rather than finishing above their rivals a couple of times in two decades. See Manchester as an example.
As for the pea-brained loser who thought it was still 1970 and chucked a banana at Aubameyang, he should be publically named and shamed, fined and never be allowed inside a football ground ever again.
Jurgen Klopp was so excited at his side’s last-gasp win he copped an FA charge for running onto the pitch to hug his goalkeeper Alisson.
Liverpool have scored more injury-time winners versus Everton than any side has against another in Premier League history (5) and Divock Origi has scored in all three of his home league appearances against Everton.
But the Reds have Pickford to thank for the three points. The Toffees stopper will go down in the pantheon of greatest keeping howlers of all time for inexplicably patting the ball back into play, only to see it bounce off the crossbar for Origi to nod home six minutes into injury time.
PROVING it can be a funny old game after drawing 2-2 it was Southampton and not Manchester United who sacked their under-pressure manager.
Mark Hughes is one of the worst top flight managers and now has the unwanted ‘honour’ of being the ONLY man sacked by two Premier League clubs in the same year.
United went 2-0 down to a Saints side that has only won one game in 14 this term. Yet when they clawed their way level there was no traditional push for victory – these are strange times indeed. I can’t remember the last time the Red Devils had a negative goal difference with a third of the season gone.
Jose Mourinho says United will be in the Top 4 by Xmas – well Slade, Elton John, Ariana Grande and The Pogues and might have something to say about that!
BRITISH clubs are flying the flag in Europe – while Neymar just flies through the European air.
Both Manchester clubs are through to the Champions League knock-out stages, while Liverpool and Tottenham have their fate in their own hands but still have difficult games to come.
United’s boring and laboured 1-0 victory over Young Boys ended up being all about Jose Mourinho (what a surprise – not!) when he ridiculously threw a container full of water bottles up in the air when Marouane Fellaini lashed in the injury-time winner.
City battled to a 2-2 draw against a tough Lyon side to book their spot in the last 16 and Pep Guardiola’s side are 4-1 favourites to lift the trophy in Madrid on June 1.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds lost 2-1 in a niggly game at Paris Saint-Germain, so now must beat Napoli 1-0 at Anfield or by two-clear goals if the Italians score.
PSG have assembled a great team but an imminently unlikeable one. The Thiago Silva and Marquinhos chest pump after winning a goal kick was one of the most cringe-worthy things you’re ever likely to see on a football pitch.
Their histrionics were summed up by skipper Silva throwing himself on the floor so violently on the floor that he banged his head causing him to act like he had fractured his skull. I’ve seen more bravery from a still-blind day-old kitten that’s stumbled into a lion’s den.
Then there’s Neymar – for every brilliant touch there’s a dive, for every sumptuous flick there’s play-acting that Leonard Di Caprio – who was in the crowd – would have been proud of. Every time a red shirt went anywhere near him he would crumple to the ground and scrunch his face up in mock pain.
At the end of a must-win game where his side were narrowly winning he decided to try and embarrass Xherdan Shaqiri with a rainbow flick but ended up being the one who looked a right sherbet. When you’re a tiny scrap of a boy, trying to elbow your way past a Shaq-shaped tank is a rather silly thing to do. He must have belated realised this so reverted to type by kicking out at the Liverpool man before falling to the turf clutching his own face feigning injury. Somebody should tell the Brazilian that being a dick won’t make his bigger.
Ironically the worst tackle of the night was a high potential leg breaker by Marco Verratti on Joe Gomez – had Neymar been on the end of it he would have done so may rolls he’d have ended up in the Channel.
Spurs saved their skins with Christian Eriksen’s late goal seeing off Inter Milan. Their last fixture is away at the Nou Camp but the fact Barcelona have already qualified as group winners could help them out, especially if they rest Lionel Messi!
Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Rangers are all still in the running to make the round of 32 in the Europa League.
A youthful Gunners side strolled to a 3-0 win over Vorskla Poltava in Kiev to secure top spot in Group E; likewise the Blues lead the way in Group L following their 4-0 victory against PAOK Salonika.
The two Scottish sides go down to the wire with Saltzburg standing in the Hoops way and Rapid Vienna the final group test for Steven Gerrard’s side on December 13.
AND finally Tyson Fury was robbed Stateside as his heavyweight clash with Deontay Wilder ended in a split decision.
The Gypsy King outboxed the WBC champion but two knockdowns helped the American keep his crown although the look on his face when the Brit got up the second time was a picture.
Fury’s reputation has only been enhanced as Wilder is the biggest puncher in boxing, yet when the inevitable rematch occurs the Bronze Bomber knows this is one man he cannot KO.
The giant Brit is loved and loathed in equal measure but he has a heart as big as his stomach and don’t care what you call him . . . as long as you call him to dinner.