WEEKEND FOOTBALL REVIEW 20/03/17

Could this be the beginning of the end of Arsene Wenger? This is the question being asked by journalists and football lovers in the UK.
Arsenal visited West Brom over the weekend hoping to halt a slide that had seen the gunners suffer defeat thrice in their last 4 games. The baggies, however, had other plans and defeated Arsenal (3-1). This is Arsene Wenger’s worst run since 1996 when he took over Arsenal. Manchester United capitalized on with a (1 -3) win at the riverside stadium over Middlesbrough thereby moving up 1 place into 5th position at the expense of Arsenal that dropped into 6th. Stoke played host to table toppers Chelsea at the Brittania stadium. Chelsea edged out a hard fought battle (1-2) courtesy of a late Cahill goal and thus remains 10 points clear at the summit. A Kaneless Spurs hosted Southampton at the white hart lane. Goals from Alli and Eriksen gave spurs a 2 goal lead before Ward-prowse pulled one back. The biggest match of the weekend saw Liverpool visit the City of Manchester Stadium. This was an end-end game characterized by wayward finishing and school boy defensive errors. Milner gave Liverpool the lead from the spot before Aguero levelled matters. The game ended one goal apiece
In the Spanish La Liga, it was 3rd vs 4th as Atletico Madrid hosted Sevilla at the Vincente Calderon. 3 goals from Godin, Griezmann, and Koke gave Atletico a 3-0 lead before Correa scored a consolation goal to end the game (3-1) in favour of Atletico. Barcelona played host to Valencia at the Camp Nou. This was a six goal thriller that also saw a penalty and red card. Valencia gave a good account early on before Barca eventually ran out (4-2) winners. Madrid visited San Mames to play Athletico bilbao. The San Mames is one of the most difficult grounds for away teams in Spain. Madrid eventually ran out (1-2) winners but this was a real battle for the Los Merengues. Madrid leads the table 2 points clear of Barca and also has a game in hand over the team from catalonia.
In the Italian Serie A, Juventus visited Sampdoria boasting a 7 game unbeaten run in the serie A. Juan Cuadrado struck in the 7th minute for the defending champions and champions elect. The score remained and Juve ran out (0-1) winners. Roma hosted Sassuolo and ran out (3-1) winners to keep the pressure on Juventus. Napoli visited Empoli and three 1st half goals from Insigne (2) and Mertens was enough to emerge victorious (2-3) and keep the pressure on 2nd placed Roma. Milan hosted Genoa and won 1-0 thanks to a 33rd minute Fernandez goal. Inter Milan could only play out a (2-2) draw at Torino. Joe Hart was at his calamitious best as he gifted Inter Milan 2 goals with his errors.
In the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munchen moved 13 points clear of 2nd placed Leipzig after a (0-1) victory at Borussia M’gladbach. Aubameyang scored the only goal in Dortmund’s 1-0 victory over Inglostadt. Leverkusen lost (1-0) at Hoffenheim and currently occupies 11th spot in the standings.
Finally in the French Ligue 1, AS Monaco scored the 85th, 86th and 87th league goal of a so far impressive season when then downed Caen (0-3). 2 goals from Mbappe and a Fabinho goal helped the principality club to victory. PSG hosted Lyon in a high profile mate in Ligue 1. Lacazette gave Lyon a 6th minute lead before 2 quick fire goals from Rabiot and Draxler turned the game on its head to give PSG a (2-1) win and maintain pressure on 1st placed Monaco.
The race for the top 4 in England continues with just 9 points separating 2nd and 6th in the standings.
Have a great week!!

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