Manchester City 2 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea threatened the City goal early doors, Shay Given forced to deny Didier Drogba when the Blues’ striker was played clean through. From the resulting corner Chelsea scored, Given pulling off two saves to stop Lampard and Anelka before the ball ricocheted off Emmanuel Adebayor’s back and into the net. The Togolese striker had an opportunity to draw City level soon after but Adebayor could only drag his shot wide of Cech’s upright. In the 37th minute City levelled, from a corner Wright-Phillips fizzed in a shot which Micah Richards deflected (arms?) into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor who needed two attempts to steer the ball over the line. (First half highlights here.) After Adebayor saw shot cleared off the line in the 53rd minute, Eastlands erupted ten minutes after the break when Carlos Tevez curled a low free-kick past a wrong-footed Cech. Shay Given saved a penalty from Frank Lampard with ten minutes remaining to secure the win for City.
West Ham 0 – Manchester United 4 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) After Ryan Giggs lifted a header over the West Ham bar five minutes before the break, it was left to Paul Scholes to break the deadlock in injury time at the end of the first half with a thunderbolt that whizzed past Rob Green into the top corner. On the hour Manchester United burst forward with Ryan Giggs leading the attack, the Welsh wizard passed the ball across to Darron Gibson and the Irishman cracked home his third goal of the week with a strike from the edge of the box. United then went into overdrive, Rooney linked up with Anderson on the left and Antonio Valencia slide in the third, before Valencia turns provider and crossed in from the right for Wayne Rooney to crash home number four.
Arsenal 2 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal had the chance to take a second minute lead over Stoke but Andrei Arshavin saw his shot smothered by Sorensen. Arshavin continued his menace up front for the Gunners winning a penaltyÂ after 20 minutes but Cesc Fabregas fluffed his chance as Sorensen again cam to Stoke’s rescue. Arsenal eventually scored after 26 minutes as Cesc and Andrei Ashavin combined with the Russian finding the net. Sorensen continued to be Stoke’s saviour after the break denying Arshavin with a smart save down low, and the Russian was then denied by the woodwork after his shot took a deflection onto the bar. Substitute Aaron Ramsey wrapped up the victory with the outside of his right boot to make the points safe for Arsenal.