It was another interesting weekend in the Premier League as there were significant developments at both ends of the Premier League table.
Three out of the four sides challenging for the title won, but there was a big loss for one of them, whilst a couple of sides in deep relegation trouble may have breathed new life into their survival campaigns.
There were some terrific performances and important goals and it is hard to get just pick five, so apologies to those who miss out. Here are our five heroes of the Premier League this weekend:
Some will praise the performance of Arsenal's defence for preventing a threatening Tottenham side from scoring at White Hart Lane in the North London Derby, but Rosicky scored possibly the best goal this weekend in the opening exchanges to give the Gunners all three points and keeping them firmly in the title hunt.
It’s hard to single out one performer from the Liverpool team in the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford – but it was as comfortable as the Reds skipper ever looked in the deeper midfield role this season. Combine that with the two crucial spot kicks he converted for the visitors to set the platform for a big victory, Gerrard’s contribution yesterday was massive.
Delph perhaps doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves, but he is a very good footballer at the heart of the Aston Villa midfield. His excellent piece of improvisation against Chelsea on Saturday evening after he started off the move that led to Villa’s winner dealt the visitors a big blow in the title race. He could have had a second in the closing stages as his effort was deflected onto the woodwork.
Fulham have looked dead and buried for the past few weeks but this weekend they managed to get their first win under Felix Magath courtesy of Dejagah’s strike after he cut inside, with the shot zipping under Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul. It has brought the Cottagers within four points of safety. Just how crucial could that goal prove to be?
There’s always a time when a relegation battle sees a side come from behind to win late on to spark hopes they can stave off the trap door to the Championship. After falling behind to Swansea City, Stephane Sessegnon equalised for West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty Stadium. Five minutes from time Mulumbu struck for the Baggies, by calmly slotting home from the edge of the area with the help of the post to give them their first win under Pepe Mel.
Honourable mentions should also go to David Silva for his performance and goal for ten man Manchester City during their 2-0 win at Hull City, and Seamus Coleman for his late winner for Everton against Cardiff City.