Portsmouth 1 – Arsenal 4 (Premier League, December 30, 2009) Portsmouth fell behind against a resurgent Arsenal side in the 26th minute when Eduardo da Silva saw his free-kick take a wicked deflection off Kaboul, although questions will be asked of Hreidarsson who did nothing to stop the ball pass him on the Pompey line. The Gunners doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when a typical Arsenal attack saw Eduardo fed Ramsey who in turn found Samir Nasri who scored. (First half highlights here.) Midway through the second half Aaron Ramsey stole all the headlines with a stunning solo goal, the young Welshman winning a tackle in the Portsmouth half, beating a defender with ease and smashing a left footed beauty past Begovic. Going 3-down sparked Pompey into life, and the hosts pulled a goal back through Nadir Belhadj. The fightback was soon tamed by a classic pass-pass-pass attack from Arsenal that wore down the home defence into allowing Nasri’s cross to be easily headed home by Alexandre Song.
Avram Grant and Arsene Wenger’s post match interviews can be seen here.
Manchester United 5 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, December 30, 2009) Having scored five in his last five matches against Wigan, Wayne Rooney continued his irresistible form at present applying a deft finish to Rafael’s right wing cross to put United ahead after 28 minutes. After breaking the deadlock United quickly doubled their advantage when a second attack down the hosts right, this time lead by Antonio Valencia, was comfortably tucked home on the cutback by Michael Carrick. Wigan were dead and buried at the break as young Brazilian fullback Rafael da Silva netted his first of the season spinning in the Latics boss and finding the bottom corner. (First half highlights here.) The match started to become a question of how many five minutes after the break as Valencia again broke down the right and his cross was nonchalantly stabbed home by Dimitar Berbatov. With fifteen minutes to go Antonio Valencia got his goal against his former employers, producing a delightful lifted finish from Rooney’s incisive through-ball. (Second half highlights here.)
Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match comments can be seen here.