Liverpool's narrow, heart-wrenching defeat to Manchester City in the league cup final was not the only football action this weekend, although it was hard to focus on anything else in the build-up to the match at Wembley. Most Premier League sides played league matches, and several interesting twists took place.
With the Merseyside derby postponed, the clear league match of the weekend was Arsenal vs. Manchester United. Arsenal entered Old Trafford riding high after a win over league leaders Leicester City. Two points out of first place and entering the season's tretch run, what could possibly go wrong for the Gunners against a United team struggling to stay within striking distance of forth?
A lot of things. Arsenal were behind 2-0 before the 35 minute mark due to another goal outburst from Marcus Rashford, who netted twice in three minutes. Danny Welbeck pulled one back, but Ander Herrara made it 3-1 with a deflected strike from outside the box.
Ozil made things interesting late when he cut the deficit to one in the 69th minute, but Arsenal failed to find an equalizer. Also of note was Louis van Gaal theatrically diving to the ground to make his point to the fourth official.
With Leicester City's 1-0 win over Norwich, Arsenal fell five points from the top -- not the end of the world for them, but a definite blow to their title aspirations. Meanwhile, United took advantage of Manchester City's postponed match to move three points out of fourth.
Tottenham kept pace at the top after an initial scare from Swansea City. The Swans went ahead in the 19th minute through Alberto Palaschi and held their advantage until the 70th minute. But late goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose earned Totteham full points.
It was a rough weekend for the bottom of the table, as no team was able to make a significant move. Sunderland kept things close against West Ham but ultimately fell 1-0, while Norwich and Aston Villa also lost. Newcastle didn't play, as their match with Manchester City was postponed.
The highlight of this upcoming week's slate -- which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday -- is a a rematch between City and Liverpool. Tottenham vs. West Ham will be another interesting one to watch.
|1||Leicester City||56 PTS|
|4||Manchester City||47 PTS|
|5||Manchester United||44 PTS|
|6||West Ham||43 PTS|
|8||Stoke City||39 PTS|
|13||West Brom||35 PTS|
|14||Crystal Palace||32 PTS|
|16||Swansea City||27 PTS|
|17||Norwich City||24 PTS|
|20||Aston Villa||16 PTS|