Arsenal gained a point on Leicester City after beating Newcastle 1-0, while the Foxes settled for a scoreless draw against Bournemouth. It wasn’t Arsenal’s prettiest performance, however, as they were uninspiring throughout and needed a Laurent Koscielny goal on a corner to secure the three points.
Leicester City’s draw against Bournemouth was a disappointing start to a fierce stretch of fixtures, as the team is set to face Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City between now and mid-February in league play. It’s hard to not expect the Foxes to come back down to earth after an amazing start to the season.
Meanwhile, Manchester City keeps hanging around the top of the table, remaining three points off Arsenal after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Watford. The Citizens are certainly dangerous, given the immense talent they have at every position on the pitch, though that talent has yet to come together this season. Some of that has been due to injuries, but City remain a talented team that hasn’t quite discovered its identity this season.
Tottenham’s bid to stay with the title favorites took a slight blow on Sunday, as they drew with Everton. That moved Spurs six points off the top of the table, while Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Swansea brought them three points behind Tottenham in the running for the fourth and final Champions League place.
West Ham shot to sixth place with their 2-0 win over Liverpool, continuing the Reds’ disappointing season, while Crystal Palace remained in seventh place after being hammered by Chelsea, 3-0. The Blues have taken eight points in their last four games since manager Jose Mourinho was fired. They had eight points in their previous 10 games under Mourinho.
The Blues are well out of the running for the league title and likely won’t be able to get back into the running for a Champions League spot outside of winning the competition this year. But they will certainly be a dangerous fixture for the top contenders and may yet play a major role in the title race, even if it’s in a spoiler role.