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Manchester City top at Christmas with Chelsea and Liverpool dropping points; Arsenal crush Leeds

Arsenal swept aside Leeds to enter into the top 4

Arsenal continued their good run of form under Mikel Arteta by beating Leeds 3-1 at Elland Road. Gabriel Martinelli scored twice while Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe also got on the scoresheet. Leeds started poorly once again with Arsenal creating two good chances within the first 3 minutes. Martinelli gave Arsenal a deserved lead in the 16th minute with a curling finish. The Brazilian scored again after being put through by Xhaka to extend the Gunners' lead. This is his 4th Premier League goal in his last 6 appearances as the Brazilian is filling in well for Aubameyang.

Meslier almost single-handedly kept Leeds in the game with as many as four important saves in the 1st half itself. Saka added a third before the break as Arsenal went into halftime with a 3-goal buffer. Although Raphinha pulled one back, Smith Rowe scored his 6th goal in his last 8 appearances to secure the win.

City pull 3 points clear as Liverpool and Chelsea are held

Reigning champions Manchester City secured their 8th consecutive win in the Premier League by demolishing Newcastle 4-0. Ruben Dias opened the scoring for the champions and Joao Cancelo doubled the lead with a beautiful long-range strike. The Portuguese is in the form of his life scoring 3 goals and providing 7 assists already this season. Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scored after the break to complete the victory. Newcastle remain in the relegation zone with just a solitary win having played 18 games.

Liverpool and Tottenham played an exhilarating contest which ended in a stalemate at 2-2. Harry Kane scored his first Premier League home goal since May to open the scoring before Diego Jota equalized for the Reds. The Portuguese acquired his best goal tally in the Premier League with 10 goals. Andy Robertson sealed the comeback with a headed finish but Son levelled the scoring after a howler from Alisson. Andy Robertson was sent off for a foul on Emerson Royal late on but Liverpool held on for a draw.

European champions Chelsea continued their patchy form with another questionable display in the goalless draw against Wolves. Covid-hit Chelsea requested the game to be postponed but it was rejected by the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku, Hudson Odoi and Timo Werner tested positive for the European champions. Dendoncker had the best chance in the first half with a free header but hit it straight at Mendy. Christian Pulisic should have scored in the second half after being put through by Alonso but his effort was saved well by Jose Sa. Chelsea are now 6 points adrift of leaders City and 3 behind Liverpool after picking up just 5 points in their last four games.

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