Couples up and down the country were celebrating Valentine’s Day, whilst football fans were celebrating this Sunday for very different reasons.
The day started off with a top of the table clash that saw Arsenal host league leaders Leicester.
Arsenal vs Leicester City 2-1
After their heroics last Sunday to win at Manchester City, the Foxes were hoping for a repeat performance and at half time it was exactly what they were getting.
In the first half Leicester frustrated Arsenal and four minutes before the half time whistle, top scorer Jamie Vardy was tripped in the area and awarded a penalty, much to Nacho Monreal’s displeasure.
The league’s top scorer stepped up after being brought down to fire Leicester in front with an emphatic strike that comfortably nestled into the corner past Cech.
Not long after the half time break, the tide turned for the worst for the Foxes. Danny Simpson was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card a stupid challenge but needless challenge.
From this point on Leicester were on the back foot and received countless pressure from the Gunners. And in due course this pressure paid off with both Arsenal substitutes grabbing the goals to bring the home side right back into the title race.
First Theo Walcott fired in Olivier Giroud’s brilliant knockdown before the king of assists planted a last minute free kick onto the head of a returning Danny Welbeck to seal a 2-1 victory at the Emirates.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool 0-6
Following on from this emphatic start to the day saw Liverpool take on and demolish a fragile Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The home side who are bottom of the league looked woeful throughout and a fully strengthened Liverpool side simply took them apart with 6 different players getting onto the score sheet including a returning Daniel Sturridge who netted the first.
Aston Villa on their current form look set for Championship football and missing out on the big broadcasting deal next season. Whilst Liverpool continue their rise up the league table under Klopp.
Manchester City vs Tottenham 1-2
City went into this weekend in need of an improved performance following a humiliating defeat to title rivals Leicester at home last weekend. This Sunday saw them take on another title rival in the form of Tottenham.
This game had it all, end to end football, chances and mistakes.
City did indeed produce a better performance, but they could not find a breakthrough s the teams went into half time at 0-0.
Not long after the half time break, Tottenham were awarded a controversial penalty after a so called handball from Raheem Sterling that in fact struck him on the back.
Another England striker in Harry Kane kept his cool and placed his penalty paced England teammate Joe Hart for a 1-0 lead.
City were resurgent and got back into the game through a lovely move, finished off in emphatic style through Iheanacho just inside the area.
Tottenham continued to press City in their own half and were rewarded for their hard work when the ball was nicked through to Erik Lamela who ran at the crumbing City defence before playing the ball through neatly for birthday boy Christian Erickson to slot passed Hart to clinch a 2-1 victory at the Etihad.
With 6 points separating the top 4, everything is in the balance leading into the final third of the season. Leicester could be 8 points clear by the time Arsenal next play a league fixture, so all attention will be on the Foxes in their next two home league matches.
1 – Manchester City
2 – Arsenal
3 – Leicester
4 – Tottenham
Sources: The independent, Daily Mail, Getty Images.