Arsenal and Manchester United will be out to make amends after a weekend of damaging results when they meet at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Arsenal lost top spot in the league after a 5-1 humiliation by a rampant Liverpool at Anfield, with their previously much-praised defence being torn to shreds as they conceded four goals in the first 20 minutes. Manager Arsene Wenger called the performance “feeble”, and will be hopeful the defeat won’t signal the end of Arsenal’s title hopes.
David Moyes too admitted that his first season at Old Trafford hit a new low after United conceded an injury time goal to Darren Bent salvaged a 2-2 draw for bottom club Fulham on Sunday, despite the hosts dominating possession and sending in a remarkable 81 crosses.
United are seventh, 15 points behind leaders Chelsea and nine off Liverpool in the final Champions League qualification spot, and are fast running out of time to salvage their season.
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“We have to win all our games,” Moyes told the club website (www.manutd.com).
“You can ask me as many times as you like but I’ll keep saying that we have to win all our games. We should have won that one (against Fulham).
Chelsea’s move to the top of the table has coincided with Eden Hazard’s purple patch, with the gifted Belgian scoring a hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United.
They travel on Tuesday to face a West Bromwich Albion side fast being dragged into the relegation scrap, with their 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Fifth-placed Spurs travel to Newcastle, without a win in three matches, on Wednesday, while Fulham are the next side in Liverpool’s sights.
In Tuesday’s matches, Cardiff host Aston Villa, Hull play Southampton and Norwich travel to West Ham, while on Wednesday, Everton host Crystal Palace, Manchester City, entertain Sunderland and Swansea travel to Stoke.