BARCLAY’S PREMIER LEAGUE
ARSENAL‘s midfield maestro Mesut Ozil scored the only goal in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw against Norwich City on early Monday morning, 12:30am Malaysian time.
The two clubs share the spoils of the match as Arsenal failed to perform after a string of injuries left their key players mostly on the bench. Norwich City took advantage of Arsene Wenger’s weakened team and grabbed a point through a Lewis Grabban equaliser in the 43rd minute, after Ozil had taken the lead in the 30th minute. Yet, despite the return of Welsh midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, it was not enough for the Gunners to take away all three points. Arsenal always had a knack for scoring last-minute goals just before the full-time whistle, which had ultimately paid off most of the time. However, it was not meant to be.
The celebrated return of Ramsey was short-lived as Wenger had contemplated resting Chilean hotshot and the club’s most revered striker, Alexis Sanchez, after a “little hamstring scare” reared its ugly head before the match. Looks as though his decision to field the Chilean striker was a bad one after all, because now the club will be without Sanchez for quite some time. The club will also lose out on the services of Laurent Koscielny to a hip problem, who was substituted early on in the match. This is not a good time for the club, and even more so for the fans who had hopes that Arsenal will finally be in first place when they reached the peak a couple of months ago.
ELSEWHERE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE…
MANCHESTER CITY earned a much-needed victory with a 3-1 win over Southampton, allowing them to leapfrog Leicester City and back into first place.
MANCHESTER UNITED and CHELSEA joined Arsenal in their weekend draw fiesta. Leicester City held Manchester United in a 1-1 draw where Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy scored in his 11th successive game and overtook former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored a header to salvage a point for the Red Devils. Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Spurs.
The other team to wing it with a narrow margin was LIVERPOOL, whose goal came from a penalty scored by James Milner to give Jurgen Klopp his first home victory.
The only thing separating the top five teams in the Premier League table is a point. The title race has now been blown wide open.