There's only one weekend of Premier League action left before we head to another rumor-filled January transfer window.
Boxing Day featured some thrilling football that led to a lot of movement on the league table, along with some EPL history, the return of key players on contenders and more.
Here's a complete look at the updated standings followed by analysis of the day's biggest matches.
|Thursday's Premier League Results|
|Hull City||2 - 3||Manchester United|
|Aston Villa||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|Cardiff City||0 - 3||Southampton|
|Newcastle||5 - 1||Stoke City|
|Tottenham||1 - 1||West Bromwich Albion|
|Everton||0 - 1||Sunderland|
|Norwich City||1 - 2||Fulham|
|Chelsea||1 - 0||Swansea City|
|West Ham||1 - 3||Arsenal|
|Manchester City||2 - 1||Liverpool|
|Premier League Week 19 Table|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||18||3||8||7||17|
|19||West Ham United||18||3||5||10||14|
Arsenal Stays on Top of Table
Question marks swirled Arsene Wenger's club as it prepared for Thursday's match against West Ham. Arsenal hadn't won in three EPL contests and wanted a victory to ensure a first-place standing atop the table after entering play in a tie with Liverpool.
The Gunners fell behind early on Thursday, but the duo of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski led Arsenal to a 3-1 win over West Ham, which fell into the relegation zone.
Carlton Cole gave West Ham a 1-0 lead early in the second half after capitalizing on a botched play from keeper Wojciech Szczesny near the net. But Walcott quickly erased his side's deficit by scoring two quick goals the 68th and 71st minutes.
With 11 minutes to play, Podolski capped it off with another score in his first match back from a hamstring injury that kept him out since August.
Arsenal will wrap up the first half of the season on Sunday at Newcastle United, while West Ham will face West Brom as it tries to get out of the bottom three.
Rooney Makes History in Man U Comeback
Just 13 minutes into Thursday's contest, Manchester United was staring at a two-goal deficit against Hull City. But the Red Devils regrouped for a 3-2 comeback victory as Wayne Rooney added his name to the EPL record books.
Former Man U trainee James Chester played a central role in the outcome of the match, as he put Hull up early in the fourth minute with a close-range goal on a corner kick. Less than 10 minutes later, David Meyler extended Hull's lead to 2-0.
But Manchester United got into the scoring on a header from Chris Smalling in the 19th minute, a goal set up by a great cross from Rooney. Rooney made history when he scored the equalizer in the 26th minute, joining Thierry Henry (Arsenal) as the only players in league history to score 150 goals with the same team.
Rooney's side would take a 3-2 lead in the 66th minute on an own goal from Chester, one that proved to be the game-winner. The victory keeps Man U eight points off the pace of first-place Arsenal heading into Saturday's match against Norwich City.
Man City Jumps into Second Place
Manchester City and Liverpool wrapped up Thursday's action with a heated matchup that featured four bookings and more drama in the final stages. In the end, Man City held up against Luis Suarez and Liverpool to claim a 2-1 victory.
The Reds took a 1-0 lead with Philippe Coutinho's goal in the 24th minute, but Vincent Kompany answered with a header seven minutes later on the other end of the pitch. Man City went up for good in stoppage time of the first half on a fast-break goal by Alvaro Negredo. Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet got a hand on the ball but couldn't stop it from rolling through for a goal.
Liverpool failed to keep up with first-place Arsenal and is now three points behind the leaders, while Manchester City is just one point off the pace.
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