In the past few years, the race to the summit of the English Premier League hasn't been this fierce. And with underdogs pulling off shocking wins and draws, it is necessary for the big guns to take a look once in a while to ascertain their stand.
Last night, Southampton played magically against Arsenal, with goals from Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana providing the Saints with a glorious draw. The draw puts into question Arsene Wenger's side's ability of retaining top spot with 52 points after 23 matches.
On the other hand, Liverpool registered an easy four-goal victory at Anfield against Everton, thereby making their stand in the top four with 46 points after several seasons of being locked down in the mid-table. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez provided the Reds with the much-needed victory.
Meanwhile, Manchester United recorded a vital win against Cardiff at Old Trafford, with goals from Robin van Persie and Ashley Young bringing the side to a tally of 40 points after 23 matches. Much of the match was overshadowed by the highly anticipated debut of new signing, Juan Mata, who in general didn't fall short of the hype.
Another major talking point is the match between Tottenham and Manchester City at White Hart Lane later tonight. With the Gunners the sharing points with Southampton, City will surely be more determined to gain an advantage and lay claim to the coveted top spot.
In all, if Manchester City and Chelsea manage to overcome their respective opponents tonight, Arsenal will have a hard time fighting for the top spot. City could go a point above Arsene Wenger's men.
The English Premier League is still open and up for grabs for any team that can prove its worth.
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