City shows its title mettle; Pavlyuchenko saves Spurs
Five things we learned from the
The victory was important for City, which had lost at Chelsea six days earlier and been pushed out of first by Manchester United earlier in the day. It showed the courage to try to win like a champion. But Arsenal's performance might have been more significant. Last time it was in Manchester it lost, 8-2, to United. On Sunday, Arsenal, despite its horrible injury problems at fullback, went toe-to-toe with City and created enough chances to gain a result. Arsenal looks like Arsenal again.
On Sunday, he was the spark as Liverpool ripped Villa apart in the first 15 minutes. Bellamy seemed to be involved in every attack as Liverpool poured forward and won a string of corners. From one, Bellamy pounced to score the first goal. Then he took the corner from which Martin Skrtel headed the second. From then on, Liverpool seemed to settle into counterattacking mode, which is Bellamy's forte. The game ended 2-0 because Liverpool wasted a string of chances. Luis Suárez managed to hit the underside of the bar and the inside of the post and still not score. According to Opta, he has hit the woodwork five times this season, more than any other player and Liverpool 17 times, more than any other team (and also more than 15 of the 20 Premier League sides did in the whole of last season). Despite the continued wastefulness, Bellamy and Liverpool looked very good.