This week’s Premier League talking points

With Monday night’s game concluded the Premier League is over for another weekend, here’s what everyone is talking about from the last few days.

Liverpool stay top as West Ham pay the penalty

With Chelsea having thrashed Stoke on the Saturday Liverpool knew that nothing but a win would be good enough from Sunday’s trip to Upton Park.

The away side took the lead through a Steven Gerrard penalty just before halftime but were pegged back going into the break as West Ham’s Guy Demel equalised in first half stoppage time.

Former Liverpool player, and still the Merseyside Club’s record signing, struck the bar for West Ham before Gerrard scored again from the spot. The penalty was the 12th that Brendan Rodgers’ side have been awarded all season, more than any other team.

The result puts Liverpool top, two points clear of Chelsea and four points clear of Man City however, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have two games in hand.

Everton stake their claim on fourth

Sunday’s game between Arsenal and Everton was always going to be a big one. After recent results Arsenal have found their title challenge derailed and now find themselves in a scrap for fourth place and that final Champions League qualification spot.

Arsene Wenger’s men faced an Everton side who have been in fine form in recent games and when the full time whistle came it was Roberto Martinez’s men who were celebrating. Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an Mikel Arteta own goal had given the Blues a convincing victory.

They now move to within a point of Arsenal and still have a game in hand over the North London club. It’s a dramatic compilation from Arsenal who, only a month ago, had the possibility of taking the title.

Man United continue to bounce back

It was very much a tale of two teams as Manchester United travelled to St James’ this weekend. A rejuvenated United, fresh from an impressive midweek Champions League draw against the holders Bayern Munich, against a down in the dumps Newcastle, who were hammered 4-0 last time out against Southampton.

This weekend things very much went with the form book. Juan Mata showed a glimpse of his potential to put the home side into the lead just before halftime with a perfectly placed free kick. The Spaniard added a second after the break and with Magpies heads down Javier Hernandez added a fourth and substitute Aden Januzaj completed the scoring in the last minute, adding United’s fourth.

The result is United’s fourth straight win away from home and for Newcastle it’s their third straight defeat in the league. Despite the result it would seem that both sides have little left to play for this season, both sides are stuck in the gray area between safety and Champions League qualification, United will have to battle it out with Spurs for Europa League qualification.

Sherwood’s Spurs sink sorry Sunderland

Things are not looking good for Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. They are routed to the bottom of the table with just seven games left of their season and their fixture list is less than promising.

They needed something from Monday night’s trip to White Hart Lane and things were looking up for the North-East club when a Spurs defensive error allowed Lee Cattermole to score his first ever Sunderland goal in 113 appearances.

That joy was short lived though as Emmanuel Adebayor equalised 11 minutes later. After half time Tottenham turned on the style and found four more goals through Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and finally another for Adebayor.

Sunderland are yet to play Man City, Man United and Chelsea away as well as having to welcome high flying Everton to the stadium of light. All things considered, it will be a considerable achievement if Gus Poyet’s side stay in the Premier League this season.

For Tottenham there are still question marks over the managerial future of Tim Sherwood, this win will surely do no harm to his hopes of staying.

Chris Hughton sacked

It would appear that Norwich’s 0-1 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers was the final nail in the coffin of now former manager Chris Hughton. It was announced on Monday that that Hughton and the Norfolk club had parted ways and that youth team coach Neil Adams would be taking over his duties at the club until the end of the season.

This weekend’s result leaves Norwich five points clear of the drop zone in 17th. Norwich’s final games include home games against Liverpool and Arsenal as well as away games Fulham, Man United and Chelsea.