Highlights from Boxing Day 2014

Arsene Wenger’s 400th Premier League Win as a Manager

The French mastermind clinched his 400th Premier League win when Arsenal got a narrow 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at home. It’s a phenomenal record, moreover the 65-year old has been the manager of The Gunners since 1996, where he has since become the club’s longest-serving manager and most successful in terms of major titles won. Only former Manchester United icon, Sir Alex Ferguson and now he have achieved this landmark of victories.

Sakho The Saviour

The robust and unflagging Frenchman was the ideal reason his Merseyside team returned home with a much needed three points. Since his return from injury, the former PSG star has gelled in fairly well at the back. Mamadou Sakho won 100% tackles, made seven clearances and four interceptions. Whereas, since the tactical switch by Brendan Rodgers to bring in German international Emre Can replacing Kolo Toure in the second half, they both linked up inspiringly to ensure the home fans remained silence.

Hilarious Goal Guardians

It was a rather comical day for numerous goalkeepers who made couple of unexpected blunders. Due to early thigh muscle injury to Brad Jones, Belgian shot stopper Simon Mignolet was recalled in within the 16th minute of the match. The former Sunderland man is somewhat struggling in confidence and it was notable several times at Turf Moor Stadium. Mignolet received a comfortable back pass from his defender yet he lost focus over the pitch line and kicked the ball once it went out of play. It was quite hilarious yet The Reds were lucky he was not in front the goalpost itself. Then, at the Hawthorns Stadium which was filled with snow and goals! West Brom got their consolation goal when Joe Hart miserably failed to catch an easy corner ball which actually slipped of his sight and fell kindly for Ideye. Snowflakes can be a barrier at times!

No Strikers, No Problem

Not Liverpool, but the team that surpassed them towards the end of last season, Manchester City who have a string of strikers, Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Jovetic sidelined due to injury. The Citizens ran riot in their last two matches, scoring half a dozen goals, vastly contributed by Spaniard David Silva. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are fully organized both at the front and back to ensure they continue to pile pressure on league leaders Chelsea. With Yaya Toure, James Milner and Silva flourishing with momentum, strikers can sit back and focus primarily on treatment.

Rampage Rooney

The Manchester United marvel star once again produced his mesmerizing performance to gun down Newcastle United 3-1 at Old Trafford. Given legendary midfielder Paul Scholes role, the just loves running with more freedom and opening up goal scoring chances for Radamel Falcao plus Robin Van Persie or vice versa. The United captain notched a superb brace on Boxing Day to bring his tally to eight goals this season, four assists too. A gem of a player to be kept in the dream team!

Huge Relief for Bruce

Hull City Tigers finally clambered out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light, their first success in 11 Premier League matches. The victory over his former club has given Steve Bruce some breathing space as many speculations were murmuring around regarding his future at the club.

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