Premier League play in Week 19 has wrapped up, and there were some big results from this weekend's play. Several of the results come with major implications for the remainder of the season.
The league's last group of games in 2013 resulted in some exciting finishes. Several teams bettered their chances of moving up the Premier League table, and there was even a change at No. 1 following play on Sunday, Dec. 29.
Multiple teams suffered injuries this week as well, though the long-term implications of those have yet to be determined. You can be certain that those injuries will have an impact on the respective teams if they require the player to miss significant time.
With so much to digest from a busy Week 19, here's what to take from all the action.
Arsenal Beats Newcastle, 1-0
There's a new No. 1 atop the Premier League table, folks.
Arsenal disposed of Newcastle, 1-0, though the match did not live up to expectations. Newcastle came in as winners of seven of their last nine contests, and both teams feature aggressive attacks on offense that were expected to post a few goals apiece.
Instead, the fans were given a 1-0 showdown that was decided on poor defense by Mike Williamson. Williamson allowed Olivier Giroud to sneak behind him on a free kick from Theo Walcott and score a header past goaltender Tim Krul.
With the win, Arsenal leap-frogged over Manchester City on the table. The goal was to pick up just one point on Man City during their Week 19 contest, but the win was enough to put them at No. 1.
Arsenal should be considered the favorites for the title at this point.
Hull City Destroys Fulham, 6-0
Hull City and Fulham are two teams likely going nowhere this season, but that didn't stop Hull City from putting on an absolute clinic on offense this weekend.
The match went scoreless before the break. It was a frustrating match for both teams up to that point, as missed opportunities and mistakes began to pile up. Ahmed Elmohamady opened the scoring four minutes after play restarted, and that seemed to trigger an onslaught from Hull City.
Within six more minutes, Hull City had netted three goals—one each from Robert Koren, George Boyd and Tom Huddlestone. The team then added two more later in the contest to seal a decisive 6-0 victory.
Hull City has been hot lately, and there might still be time to make a run this season. That does appear unlikely, though, as their competition will heat up within the coming weeks.
They take on both Chelsea and Tottenham within the next four matches.
Chelsea Outlasts Liverpool, 2-1
Chelsea was able to overcome a suspension-yielding yellow card from David Luiz and defeat Liverpool, 2-1, during Sunday's play.
Liverpool lost more than just the match. Mamadou Sakho injured his hamstring during the contest, and it's unknown as to exactly how much time he'll miss. Losing him for an extended period of time would be detrimental to the team's successes in the upcoming weeks.
Chelsea didn't come away unscathed, either. Team leader Frank Lampard will miss "some matches" due to a muscle injury in his leg. Fatigue is setting in at this point in the season, and an injury to Lampard is perfect evidence of how hard these athletes are working for their clubs.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool will need to build winning streaks in the coming weeks. Arsenal and Man City look poised to remain atop the table, and only a string of wins from other teams will knock them down.
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