The second vs third clash between Manchester City and Arsenal ended in a goalless but entertaining draw at the Emirates Stadium with both teams finishing with ten-men after Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta were shown red in the dying stages.
Arsenal were thrice denied by the post in the first half through efforts from Van Persie, Fabregas and Walcott. Walcott was later denied a penalty when his cross seemed to deflect off Vincent Kompany's hand. Arsenal were the more assertive side as City were happy to sit back and defend. Though a goalless draw, it was an entertaining game. With the draw, Man City moved a point closer to United while staying two above Arsenal.
Champions Chelsea's hopes of retaining the title continued to diminish with a fifth loss in 11 games after an early Jose Bosingwa own goal ensured they lost 1-0 at bottom-of-the-table Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In the fifth minute, Chelsea's Portuguese right back Bosingwa inadvertently directed the ball into his own net while attempting to block Stephen Fletcher's initial attempt off a corner. Chelsea did pile pressure on the Wolves defence for the rest of the game but failed to score with Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda guilty of missing chances. Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was also in top form as Mick McCarthy's men hung on for 85 minutes to secure a much-need three points which lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Carlo Ancelotti will be under immense pressure however as Chelsea find themselves now nine points behind leaders Manchester United who have played a game more.
Ancelotti is not the only manager with his job under threat as Roy Hodgson's Liverpool side were beaten 3-1 at Blackburn. Martin Olsson opened the scoring for the home side before Benjani bagged a brace. Liverpool got one back through Steven Gerrard in the 81st minute though the Liverpool skipper missed a penalty later on. The defeat left Liverpool languishing at 12th in the table just four points above relegation.
At the Goodison park, Everton ended Tottenham's unbeaten run with a 2-1 wi. Louis Saha opened the scoring with his first goal in 11 months. The lead barely lasted 8 minutes though, after Van der Vaart equalized. However, Seamus Coleman scored his second goal in three games in the 75th minute to seal a deserved three-points for the Toffees who moved up to the 11th position with the win.
Elsewhere in the Premiership, Leon Best's hat-trick helped Newcastle thrash West Ham 5-0 at St James' Park while Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland with Phillip Bardsley's late goal snatched three points for the Black Cat. Wigan earned a point at Bolton with a 1-1 draw after Ronnie Stam cancelled out Rodrigo's opener.