Arsenal 3 – Hull 0 (Premier League, December 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â In the last minute of the first half a brilliant Denilson free-kick from 25-yards, over the wall and dipping perfectly into the bottom corner, put Arsenal in front against the Tigers. (First half highlights here.) The Wenger Boys doubled there lead just before the hour, and after Almunia had saved Geovanni’s penalty, as an incisive Gunners attack lead by Diaby was finished by Eduardo da Silva. Ten minutes from time Arsenal netted their third as Abou Diaby cut in from the right, played a one-two with Arshavin, and crashed home a shot from 10 yards. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side move back up to third with the win.
Fulham 3 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, December 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Manchester United nemesis Danny Murphy hit a sweet 20-yarder with the sidestep of his right boot, the ball bouncing of a diving Kuszczak, to fire Fulham ahead. (First half highlights here.) The Cottagers needed 20 seconds after the break to double their advantage, Dempsey rising high to head the ball down to in-form Bobby Zamora who cracked in his fourth goal in three games. A terrible United performance was compounded with the goal of the game 15 minutes from time, Zamora did fanatically to control a high ball on his chest and play on Damien Duff who cracked in a third on the volley.
Manchester City 4 – Sunderland 3 (Premier League, December 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Mark Hughes, facing the chop according to the Saturdays, saw his City side race into a 2-nil lead over Sunderland through Roque Santa Cruz and a Carlos Tevez penalty. Then the blacks Cats rallied, Reid swung over a fabulous cross that John Mensah planted home before a terrible mistake from Kolo Toure trying to defender a corner saw the ball fall to Jordan Henderson to rip in an equaliser from 14 yards. A thrilling first half ended with City regaining control as a move involving Zabaleta and Wright-Phillips was finished by Craig Bellamy into the far corner. (First half highlights here.) Sunderland levelled after the break for a third time as Kenwyne Jones got ahead of Vincent Kompany at the near post to head home. But Manchester City wrapped up a cray match with a fourth, Roque Santa Cruz knocking home the winner after Barry had sent Zabaleta’s angled cross bouncing into the six-yard area. (Second half highlights here.)