Frank Lampard took responsibility for Chelsea’s fourth win in a row by scoring twice to win 2-1 at Everton today. The 34-year -old England midfielder has been with the club since 2001 and has yet to be offered an extension to his contract ending in June.
Today’s win helps to keep the Blues in contention for the Premier League title race and also might give some hope the club will hold onto the seasoned Lampard.
On Saturday, Manchester United took their seventh win in eight matches thanks to star striker Robin van Persie. His 90-minute shot, his League-leading 14th goal of the season, made the score 2-0 over West Brom. United now have a seven-point lead in the standings going into 2013.
Arsenal dominated Newcastle 7-3 with help from a Theo Walcott hat trick. The England national has refused to re-sign with the Gunners and there is speculation he will be sold in January. In an attempt to change his mind, for the last few games, Arsene Wenger has allowed the winger to start as center striker, his requested position for many years. He has been very effective, but is it too little too late will remain to be seen.
Manchester City squeaked out a 4-3 win over Norwich Saturday no thanks to Samir Nasri’s first half send off. The thrilling match was a fight to the finish, but Edin Dzeko replaced the ill Carlos Tevez up front to score two plus the usual quality from Sergio Aguero helped City hold on to the lead.
Even after Sunderland beat Manchester City 1-0 last Wednesday, Tottenham managed a come-from-behind win over Sunderland in the 52nd minute thanks to a fine strike by England winger Aaron Lennon.
Other matches played over the weekend:
Stoke City 3 – 3 Southampton
Fulham 1 – 2 Swansea
Reading 1 – 0 West Ham United
Aston Villa 0 – 3 Wigan
QPR 0 – 3 Liverpool