Arsenal Climb To Premier League Summit
Although criticism will again by levelled at their defensive frailty and inability to do things the easy way, the fact is that Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League courtesy of being the best of a bad bunch.
The Gunners took advantage of Manchester United’s postponed trip to Blackpool this weekend to beat Fulham 2-1 at the Emirates, with the nervy win moving them to the top of the table after Chelsea again dropped points.
Two sublime goals from midfielder Samir Nasri either side of Diomansy Kamara’s leveller gave Arsene Wenger’s men all three points, meaning that they currently sit a point ahead of United having played a game more than their rivals.
Chelsea nevertheless had the chance to overtake their London rivals by virtue of a superior goal difference, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side again failed to win as a late Jermaine Beckford goal secured Everton a deserved point at Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba gave the hosts the lead from the spot in the first half after being scythed down by Tim Howard – with many Blues fans feeling that the Everton keeper should have received his marching orders for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
However, Chelsea lost their way in the second half and Everton striker Beckford’s 86th minute equaliser extended their winless Premier League streak to four games – something they will certainly have to address in light of clashes with Tottenham, Manchester and Arsenal over the festive period.