Arsenal 3 Birmingham 0

I missed this game on January 1st as I got the timings mixed up. But Arsenal stayed in touch with both Manchester based clubs at the top of the league, just two points above, with a 3-0 win over Birmingham City. Robin van Persie gave Arsenal the lead with a deflected free-kick.  The Dutchman should have then doubled it with a chip, and was almost made to pay when Roger Johnson fired over. But Samir Nasri scored his 13th goal of the season before fine interplay between the Frenchman and Cesc Fabregas saw Johnson skew into his own net.

Seven points out of possible nine for Arsene Wenger’s team over the festive period will breathe confidence into a team which faces Manchester City on Wednesday and will be eyeing the title with added fervour as 2011 begins. Arsenal ave 39 points while their North London rivals Tottenham have 36 points. Chelsea are at 5th spot with 34 points. Struggling Liverpool have only 25 points and hence at 9th place.

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