Is this the best Premier League season ever?

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Sunday’s absorbing north London derby added more weight to the claim that this season is one of the most entertaining in living memory.


While a fierce battle rages at the foot of the table, with just two points separating five teams threatened with the drop, at the other end the two Manchester clubs slog it out for the title while any two of five teams can claim the last two precious Champions League qualification spots.


And it doesn’t stop there – there has also been an average of almost five goals per game in the 14 matches between the Premier League top five, while Arsenal have already scored more goals at this stage of the competition than they did in their 2004 ‘Invincibles’ season.


So with two thirds of the season done and plenty more entertainment to come, GMF offers six examples of just why this could be shaping up to be the greatest Premier League season yet.


Swansea 3-2 Arsenal, January 2012


Swansea’s home form has become one of the main talking points this season as the newly promoted side fend off all comers at the Liberty Stadium, and it was against Arsenal that they picked up their best win of the season.


Out-passing their illustrious opponents and fighting back from 1-0 down, the Swans demonstrated all the panache and swagger that has won them so many fans this campaign and claimed all three points.


Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal, October 2011


Like so many games between the big sides of the Premier League this season, defending was seemingly abandoned for 90 minutes as both sides went for the kill.


Arsenal conceded an early goal to put them on the back foot but roared back to 3-2 with less than an hour gone, before Juan Mata made it 3-3 with ten minutes remaining.


The Gunners' top scorer this season, Robin van Persie took the game by the scruff of the neck and guided his side to a landmark victory at the stage of the season, scoring twice at Stamford Bridge to end the game on a thrilling high.


Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United, February 2012


The masters of the dramatic comeback demonstrated just why you can never rule them out of a game as Manchester United fought back from a three goal deficit to claim a point.


A Jonny Evans own goal plus strikes from Juan Mata and David Luiz put Chelsea well in the driving seat, but two Wayne Rooney penalties put United back in with a shout before an 84th minute Javier Hernandez header provided the game with a thrilling climax.


Manchester City 3-2 Tottenham, January 2012


Tottenham were looking to not only rubber stamp their title credentials when they travelled to the Etihad Stadium but make amends for their early season 5-1 hammering at the hands of Roberto Mancini’s side.


After a tight first half City took control of the game and roared into a two goal lead inside three second half minutes.


However, Spurs demonstrated their new found resilience as first Jermain Defoe and then Gareth Bale hauled the sides level, before Defoe had a chance to end City’s immaculate home record, only to miss out by centimeters on Bale’s cross.


The game looked to be heading for a draw when Ledley King hauled down Mario Balotelli, with the Italian knocking in the spotkick in the 95th minute to snatch a win for his side.


Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City, October 2011


Sir Alex Ferguson described this as the worst moment of his career. Manchester City arrived at Old Trafford earlier in the season hoping to get one over on their rivals but few would have imagined what unfolded that day.


Leading 1-0 thanks to a Mario Balotelli strike, United defender Jonny Evans saw red mid-way through the game, and from that moment City run riot as United chased the game in a manner not exactly befitting a side with ten men on the field.


Balotelli got his second before Sergio Aguero made it three with 70 minutes gone, and the Citizens really rubbed salt in the wound with three goals in extra time, with Edin Dzeko bagging a brace with side of a 91st minute David Silva goal.



Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn, December 2011


Another shock result at Old Trafford, lowly Blackburn were expected to arrive at the home of the reigning champions and politely roll over.


Echoing their astonishing 4-3 win over Arsenal earlier in the season, Rovers were able to ruffle the feathers of their illustrious opponents and claim three unlikely points.


Yakubu scored an early pen before adding his second on 51 minutes to put the visitors in dreamland. However when Dimitar Berbatov bagged two quickfire goals most expected United to go on and win the game, only for Grant Hanley to pop up and score the winner.

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