Saturday’s scores

Liverpool 2-3 Swansea City
Bournemouth 2-2 Watford
Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
Middlesbrough 1-3 West Ham United
Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Sunderland
Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday’s scores

Southampton 3-0 Leicester City
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

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Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored his 250th career goal for Manchester United, breaking the club scoring record, with his  94th-minute free kick against Stoke City on Saturday.

The 31-year-old player surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton on the United Top scorers list with only 546 appearances,  212 less than the 758 it took Charlton to score 249.Nike responded to the achievement with a billboard outside Old Trafford.

Nike responded to the achievement with a billboard outside Old Trafford.

Chelsea

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Diego Costa celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 against Hull Sunday night, Chelsea went on to win 2-0.

With their win over Hull City Sunday, Chelsea extended their lead in the Premier League to 8 points. At this point, it is looking doubtful that anyone will mount a serious challenge to the Blues. That’s not to say it will be easy. The blues travel to Anfield next week to face Liverpool and then five days later play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. If they are able to emerge from these fixtures with six points however it is difficult to imagine any serious challenges to the current league leaders.

Diego Costa’s return from injury further bolsters a Chelsea team that looks to be stronger than any other this season.

Tom Davies

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Tom Davies celebrates with Ross Barkley during Everton’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Everton teenager made another superb appearance bagging an assist in Everton’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. The academy product carefully measured his passes and neat touches were abundant in his game. This was the third game in a row that Davies has been involved in a goal.

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Gabriel Jesus

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Gabriel Jesus celebrates a goal that was disallowed in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham

The 19 year old Brazilian forward made his debut for Manchester City this weekend against Tottenham. Brought on by Guardiola in the 82nd minute to try to break the deadlock and almost succeeded. Just moments after he was brought on, Jesus sent a header just wide of the post before having an apparent game-winner disallowed just a minute later. The striker said “I’m happy for this opportunity to debut at City’s home, I’m not very glad about the draw. We had the match in our hands.” The promising Brazilian will need to make a real mark in the second half of this Premier League season for the Citizens.

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Arsene Wenger

In the closing minutes of Arsenal’s nailbiting 2-1 win over Burnley Arsene Wenger was sent off for some choice words aimed at referee John Moss. However, he did not go as far as the officials though necessary and fought the fourth official in the tunnel, a steward was able to get between Wenger and the fourth official but not before Wenger was able to push the official.

Of the incident, Wenger said immediately after the game: “I regret everything. I should have shut up, gone in and gone home, basically. I apologize for that.”

The FA has charged the Arsenal manager with misconduct.

Ryan Mason

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Ryan Mason collides with Chelsea center back Gary Cahill.

The Hull City midfielder suffered a skull fracture in the first half of the game against Chelsea. The 25-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur collided with Chelsea center back Gary Cahill in the 14th minute and after 6 minutes of attention on the pitch, he was stretchered off with oxygen and taken directly to St. Mary’s Hospital. According to an official statement on the club’s webpage, “Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.” After the match, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte offered his condolences, “It was very bad this accident. Everyone at Chelsea, we hope to see him very soon on the pitch and to recover very soon.” On Monday the club offered the following update:

“Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the Club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary’s. Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.”

Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Swansea City

Liverpool’s title challenge was severely hampered by their 3-2 loss to Swansea dropping them to fourth place, 10 points behind Chelsea who are on 55 points. The loss to a team that was bottom of the table before kick off is a big loss for a Klopp team that had drawn the two games previous and has three important games lined up. The results in these games, in three different competitions, will determine the direction of the reds season.

Klopp’s team has looked tired recently and the combination of Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park lacks dynamism and creativity. Liverpool needs to build a stronger midfield as these two are not doing enough to disrupt opponents.

Liverpool’s season goals now need to switch from a championship to a top-four finish in order to earn a Champions League spot and finish in the top four in order to earn a Champions League spot. This would make recruiting top talents easier and allow Klopp to build a strong team over the summer.

Leicester City

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With Leicester City looking to be headed towards a relegation battle could Claudio Ranieri be sacked in the near future?

The defending league champions are 15th in the league and after a 3-0 loss to a mediocre Southampton you have to ask: should Claudio Ranieri be sacked? The Foxes have only won five games this season and are hovering just five points above relegation. Averaging just .95 points per match this season they are on course to score 36 points this season, a mark that would have seen them relegated last season. Could this be the first time since the 1937-1938 season that the English top flight champion is relegated?

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