On Saturday, Samir Nasri (pictured) scored a fantastic double to get Arsenal past city rivals Fulham 2-1 at the Emirates. Nasri’s brace sandwiched a goal from Diomansy Kamara, giving the Gunners all three points and clearance from both Chelsea and Manchester United atop the table. For the Cottagers the loss kept them in deep trouble in the Premier League as they sit seventeenth, just out of the relegation zone thanks to goal differential.
Jermaine Beckford’s late goal equalized for visiting Everton and forced a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba’s first half penalty had the Blues back on track for a victory until Beckford scored on 86 minutes to steal a point and keep Chelsea from winning for the fourth consecutive game. The point was only good enough to send the Toffees to fifteenth place as they inch slowly away from the drop zone. The Blues are in third, just a point above Manchester City.
Speaking of Manchester City, they got an early goal from Carlos Tévez and earned all three points against Bolton Wanderers at Eastlands. The victory was important for City as they moved within a single point of Chelsea and kept Bolton at bay, dropping the Trotters back to sixth place. The Citizens did have Aleksandar Kolarov sent off with a dozen minutes left, making the clean sheet against Bolton all the more significant.
Blackburn Rovers climbed into the top ten with an easy 3-0 rout of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ewood Park. David Dunn, Brett Emerton and Ryan Nelsen all scored for Rovers as they brushed aside Wolves and used their three points to jump four clubs. Wolves are in bad shape and are currently in nineteenth place, equal on points and differential with twentieth place West Ham.
Craig Gardner got a late equalizer to draw Birmingham City even with Tottenham Hotspur at St. Andrews, 1-1. The 81st minute goal for Gardner canceled out Sébastien Bassong’s first half effort and thwarted Spurs’ chances of competing with Manchester City for fourth place. Spurs now sit in fifth, three points short of City and three points above Bolton. For Brum it was another chance to creep slowly up the table, now finding themselves in fourteenth place.
Four goals in the first forty minutes saw Wigan Athletic and Stoke City draw 2-2 at the DW Stadium. Robert Huth and Matthew Etherington scored for the Potters while a Danny Collins own-goal and Tom Cleverley’s 40th minute equalizer were the goals from Wigan. Stoke drop back to ninth place while Wigan move to within goal differential of Fulham’s seventeenth place.
Saturday’s Blackpool v. Manchester United match was postponed due to poor weather.
On Sunday, West Bromwich Albion moved back into European contention with a 3-1 home victory against Newcastle United at the Hawthorns. Somen Tchoyi got the opener for the Baggies and Peter Odemwingie scored twice before Peter Løvenkrands got a consolation goal for Toon in injury-time. All three points take Albion to eighth place and leave the Magpies in eleventh.
And Sunderland jumped into a European position with a 1-0 home win against West Ham United at the Stadium of Light. Jordan Henderson got the game’s only goal in the 34th minute, preserving the Hammers’ position as the worst in the league and propelling the Black Cats into seventh place.