Arsenal head into the mid-season break sat comfortably top of the Premier League, following a huge matchweek at opposite ends of the table.
Martin Odegaard’s second-half brace secured a comfortable victory for Arsenal away at Wolves to guarantee top spot across the World Cup break and Xmas.
Second-placed Manchester City slipped five points points behind Mikel Arteta’s Gunners after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Brentford, as Ivan Toney netted a 98th minute winner for the Bees after his opening goal was cancelled out by Phil Foden’s equaliser.
Newcastle sit third and just seven points off the summit after Joe Willock delivered a 67th minute strike to defeat Chelsea, which meant that the Magpies clinched a fifth consecutive league win and now sit in the Champions League qualification spots at Xmas for first time since 2001.
Tottenham round out the top four after Rodrigo Bentancur’s quick-fire brace snatched a tense 4-3 victory at home to Leeds, in which Rodrigo scored twice for the visitors who had Tyler Adams red carded and had led on three separate occasions during the match.
Down in the relegation zone, Morgan Gibbs-White’s 54th minute close-range winner saw Nottingham Forest beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to move off the foot of the table and up to 18th position, albeit at Wolves’ expense who now slid to rock-bottom.
Southampton now sit second-bottom after suffering a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool in Nathan Jones’ first match as manager, as Darwin Nunez’s brace gifted victory to the Reds who had led through Roberto Firmino – only for the Brazilian’s effort to be cancelled out by Che Adams’ equaliser.
Everton now sit a point above the bottom three after they fell to an embarrassing 3-0 away defeat at Bournemouth in which Marcus Tavernier produced a goal and assist, just days after the Cherries had thrashed Frank Lampard’s Toffees 4-1 in the Carabao Cup.
Elsewhere, Alejandro Garnacho struck an injury-time winner for Manchester United away at Fulham after Christian Eriksen’s opener was cancelled out by ex Red Devil – Daniel James.
Danny Ings’ brace saw Aston Villa come from behind to win 2-1 away at Brighton, after the Seagulls had led through Alexis Mac Allister’s first minute opener.
Finally, goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes saw Leicester secure a comfortable 2-0 win away at West Ham, which led to the Hammers’ board to reportedly iterate their support for manager – David Moyes amidst contrastable domestic and European form this season.
England’s top-flight will return on Boxing Day following the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with two London derbies amongst ten live matches on Amazon Prime.