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Notable loss at Man City vs. Arsenal, Chelsea wind back clock… Five things we learnt on the weekend

The Premier League won’t return to grounds and TV screens up and down the country (Merseyside Derby this evening aside, obviously) until after Christmas now, but the last weekend before we all tuck into our turkey and hastily rip open presents was a real treat.

And where else can we start but right at the end with Manchester City and Arsenal playing out a stunner at the Etihad Stadium. Before the match the home side’s players all donned shirts with Ilkay Gundogan’s name emblazoned on them in honour of his passing… from a knee injury. We jest, of course (the player even had a joke about it on Twitter (below)), but one thing may have died in Manchester with the Sky Blues’ 2-1 win… Arsenal’s title hopes. The Gunners made it two defeats on the spin leaving them nine points behind leaders Chelsea…

Speaking of the leaders, the Blues did their bit to make fans’ festive periods all the more cheery with a routine victory over Crystal Palace courtesy of that man Diego Costa. However, the Londoners will be without him, and midfielder N’Golo Kante, for their next clash vs. Bournemouth, with both players having racked up enough yellow cards to earn one-match suspensions.

Elsewhere, Manchester United overcame Tony Pulis’ high-flying Baggies at The Hawthorns, while Sunderland moved off the foot of the table with a 1-0 win at home to Watford.

As ever, we have @RyanJayBailey here to give his weekend round-up…