21 January, 2013 - 14:44

Premier League Matchday 23 Results

Premier League Matchday 23 Results

The London derby has undoubtedly been the key fixture of Matchday 23 with Chelsea and Arsenal determined to fight to the bitter end to beat their opponents.

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

While Chelsea fans are waiting for heroic deeds from Mata, Oscar, Hazard or Torres, it is Ramires who has produced a man-of-the-match display as Chelsea have beaten their bitter rivals Arsenal in the London derby. The Brazilian bossed the midfield creating spaces and producing killer passes.

Ramires’ tough challenge (some argue the Brazilian should have been booked for his tackle) on Coquelin in the build-up allowed Azpilicueta make a long pass for Juan Mata who has broken the deadlock with an excellent volley in the 6th minute of the game. Frank Lampard extended Chelsea lead in the 16th minute from the penalty spot after Szczesny has brought down Ramires in the penalty area.

Olivier Giraud had yet another miserable night as he misfired in the crucial moments. At the moment it seems that a big-money move of the Frenchman to the Emirates stadium is another Wenger’s transfer flop. Giraud has scored only six goals in 21 appearances for the club which is certainly insufficient for the top Premier League team’s first-choice striker. Meanwhile Walcott has again showed his deadly touch in front of goal as he netted an excellent finish past Cech in the 58 minute, after a wonderful through-ball from Cazorla in what turned out to be a consolation goal.

At times there seemed to be a certain sort of competition between Giraud and Torres as regards the extent of inefficacy of their actions. Torres has surprisingly been included in the first XI by Benitez despite the impressive performance of in-form new signing Demba Ba in the match against Southampton on Wednesday. His misery continued with Spaniard flopping again in front of goal.

The result allowed Chelsea to retain its third place, while Arsenal find themselves in the sixth spot with 34 points lagging seven points behind the Champions’ League spot with a game in the hand.

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Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd

Man Utd’s weapon has finally turned against them, as Tottehnam’s Clint Dempsey scored in the dying stages of the game to deny the Red Devils. Manchester United are well-known masters of the comeback, as they have won eight of their matches coming from behind this season. However this time the Spurs have shown that they are not pushovers and leveled the game at the death.

Robin van Persie scored the first goal of the game in the 25th minute with a simple header from a close range after Cleverley’s cross. Aaron Lennon set up a goal for Clint Dempsey from De Gea’s punch-out in the second added minute and saved a point for his team.

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Liverpool 5-0 Norwich City

The Reds brushed aside the Canaries 5-0 at the Anfield with Sturridge scoring his third goal in three games since his arrival from Chelsea and winning the man of the match award. This is the sixth Liverpool win in nine matches which keeps their hopes of European football next season alive. Currently Liverpool lie in the 7th spot in Premier League table.

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Manchester City 2-0 Fulham

Man City enjoyed near total domination over the surprisingly lackluster Fulham which resulted in a 2-0 victory. The win allowed Citizens reducing the gap on the cross-town rivals to the five points.

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Swansea City 3-1 Stoke City

Michael Owen came on as a substitute in the 85th minute of the game to score his 150th Premier League goal. However his celebrations were muted as that was only the consolation goal in 1-3 disappointing Stoke defeat against the Swans.

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Here are other the remaining Matchday 23 results:

West Ham United 1-1 Queens Park Rangers
Wigan Athletic 2-3 Sunderland
Newcastle United 1-2 Reading
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Aston Villa

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Author: Basil Naumov

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