It was a good day for the relegation teams tonight as Wolves had a shock 1-0 win at Liverpool, and Wigan drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal.
Charles N’Zogbia – sent off against Arsenal tonight
The Liverpool loss to Wolves has to put manager Roy Hodgson under intense pressure, as most pundits would say that Wolves and probably West Ham have been the two worst terms in the Premier League, at least so far this season.
And Wigan did well against Arsenal when they went 1-0 up through a Ben Watson penalty after 18 minutes, but then Arsenal were ahead at the half, by scoring a couple of good goals through Arshavin and Bendtner.
And then on 78 minutes Charles N’Zogbia must have been watching the Tottenham – Newcastle game yesterday, and took a cue from Kaboul, because Charles foolishly head-butted Jack Wilshere.
The Frenchman was sent off with a straight red card, and will now miss three games, including the game against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
N’Zogbia had easily been Wigan’s best player tonight, so that’s good news for Newcastle, and Alan Pardew was at the game scouting our next opponents.
But Wigan also looked a rather good side tonight, and after Charles was sent off, would you believe they equalized after 81 minutes with an own goal from Squillaci.
So Arsenal again managed to throw away two points, and until they strengthen the defense and in particular get a top class goalkeeper they will be handicapped in the Premier League title race.
Think of the difference in goalkeepers between Arsenal and the other top sides – Manchester United, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool.
Chelsea also finally got onto their winning ways again, with a good 1-0 win over the fast improving Bolton side, through a good goal from Malouda on 61 minutes.
Newcastle are now just 3 points off the relegation zone, with West Ham, Birmingham, Wigan and Wolves collecting points over the first two games of the holiday period.