Arsenal are under pressure to deliver a positive result when they take on Liverpool in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi on Thursday.

With the recent surge in coronavirus cases across the world, only four games were played in the English top flight over the weekend.

A total of 13 goals were scored from the matches and Manchester City opened up a three-point lead at the top of the table after both Chelsea and Liverpool dropped points. 

The recent increase in cases has disrupted matches all around the country and now the league takes a break until Boxing Day.

From the few matches that were played, SportPesa News has a look at the top three things from the weekend:

CHELSEA CRISIS CONTINUES

Since the Blues were dislodged from the summit of the English Premier League table, they have not seemed the same team. 

In their last five matches, they have only managed two wins and were wasteful again over the weekend as they were held to a barren draw away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The point leaves them in third place with 38 points, six adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City and only six ahead of fourth place Arsenal.

Again, they dominated possession just as they did against Everton but failed to convert, continuing their dismal show in front of goal.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will need to rediscover their initial form if they are to challenge for the title.

MAN CITY ON CRUISE CONTROL

Pep Guardiola’s side made it 8 straight league wins when they hammered Newcastle United 4-0 on Sunday at St. James’ Park.

Joao Cancelo continued his imperial form with a goal and an assist, meaning he has been involved in 10 goals across all competitions this season.

Ruben Dias, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling also got their names on the score sheet as City opened up a three-point gap at the top.

City have amassed 44 points after 18 games this season and have scored 17 goals in their last 5 EPL games.

Seven out of the last 10 seasons, the team that has been on top by Christmas has gone on to win the league and that seems to be City’s plan.

NO AUBAMEYANG, NO ISSUE FOR ARSENAL

The Gunners were the only team to play on Saturday and they made it worthwhile as they cruised to an impressive 4-1 win away at Leeds.

There still was no Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gabon international was stripped of his Arsenal captaincy but that did not seem to bother the Gunners.

A first half Gabriel Martinelli brace and a Bukayo Saka effort gave Mikel Arteta’s side an unassailable 3-0 lead at the break. 

After the break it just had to be Emile Smith Rowe again, as he came off the bench to score his seventh goal of the season.

The win leaves them just six points of the top three as they occupy fourth spot for the first time this season.

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