Premier League highlights: 10 talking points from the weekend as Arsenal beaten

It was another weekend of bucking trend as a busy round of Premier League action threw up some shock results.

Manchester United's eagerly-anticipated clash with Manchester City ended up being a damp squib as they played out a boring 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Liverpool failed to win at Fulham, and Chelsea fell short against an impressive Everton.

Arsenal's bid to turn their season around suffered another blow as they fell to a shock 1-0 loss to Burnley at the Emirates.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Leicester, Aston Villa and Southampton, all of whom continue to impress.

So as we head in to the busy festive period, Mirror Football has taken a look at ten of the major talking points from the Premier League.

Havertz struggles again as Chelsea lose

Few could really begrudge Everton for claiming all three points against a bit of a lacklustre Chelsea side on Saturday.

It is a bump in the road for Frank Lampard’s side, who could find themselves five points off top soon enough.

Kai Havertz certainly did not have his best game, and continues to struggle to adapt to the Premier League.

Newcastle overcome Covid worries

Their training ground only reopened less than a week ago after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club which caused the game against Aston Villa to be postponed.

But there were no signs of feeling groggy as Newcastle heaped more misery on struggling West Brom.

For a club with so much uncertainty going on behind the scenes, Steve Bruce is doing a marvellous job with the Toon right now.

Liverpool lacking defensive cover

Another injury at centre-back is the last thing Jurgen Klopp needs right now, but when Joel Matip did not appear after half-time at Fulham, that is exactly what he has been handed.

In truth, Liverpool were lucky to claim a point at Fulham on Sunday in the end thanks to Mohamed Salah’s late penalty.

But the real worrying sign was that Fabinho was joined at centre-half by Jordan Henderson, showing just how little cover Klopp has, or that he is happy to use, at least.

Dire Manc de-rby

We all heard that Martin Tyler commentary, and who could blame him after almost 80 minutes of very little action at Old Trafford.

The game wrapped up both Manchester United and City’s seasons so far – underwhelming… at best.

The less said about that game the better, so let’s move on.

Is Mikel’s time finally up?

After enduring their worst start to a top-flight season since 1974-75, the question genuinely has to be asked, is Mikel Arteta’s time finally up at Arsenal?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's wretched run of form got even worse as he put the ball in the wrong goal as the hosts had another game of dominating everything other than the scoreline.

The Gunners have now lost four straight league games, a 61-year record, and in true Arsenal fashion, the debate must be had about the man at the helm.

Foxes keep on firing

If there were to be a ‘Big Seven’, surely Leicester would be one of, if not the, first to throw their hat into the ring.

Having narrowly lost out on the top four last season, Brendan Rodgers has got his side all fired up again this term, and they look a genuine force to be reckoned with so far.

Jamie Vardy bagged his 10th league goal of the season as the Foxes breezed past Brighton in a 3-0 win over Brighton, and James Maddison’s brace showed he is flourishing into the wonderful player many of us expected him to become.

West Midlands derby exposes Wolves woes

It may just be that they’re missing Raul Jimenez, but Wolves are a shadow of their former selves right now, and only had themselves to blame for not picking up all three points against Aston Villa.

Maybe it was the lack of fans, but Anwar El Ghazi’s stoppage-time penalty exposed their lack of fire in such a big game.

And Nuno Espirito Santo will know he has a big job on his hands if he wants to steer Wolves back to the top half of the table where they should be.

‘New Fellaini’ better than the old one?

Only Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Kane have scored more headers than West Ham ’s Tomas Soucek since he made his debut in February.

And David Moyes will be very happy to have found his “new Fellaini”, as he may even be better than the old one – don’t tell Jose Mourinho!

The London Stadium is a happy place for once right now, and Soucek can take pride in being a big reason why.

Saints still flying high

It was only 14 months ago that Southampton endured that 9-0 defeat to Leicester.

But they look reborn this season thanks to some magic from Ralph Hasenhuettl, winning seven of their 12 games so far, and in some style at that.

Those on the south coast probably thought they were in for a relegation dog fight, but now find themselves dreaming of a European tour.

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Big Six break 12 year record

Finally, it was a record-breaking weekend for the Premier League’s so called ‘Big Six’.

Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal have pretty much ruled the roost in recent memory.

But for the first time since December 2008, none of those sides managed to win, showing just how topsy-turvy this season has been.

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