What's trending: Arsenal, Tottenham stumble in Premier League title race
Here are the latest stories from Thursday.
- Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the crucial North London derby against Tottenham after being injured near the end of the defeat to Swansea.
- The Gunners' title hopes took a disastrous turn as a pair of tactical shifts helped Swansea leave the Emirates with all three points, writes Michael Cox, while Aaron Ramsey's slump continued with a sloppy display, warranting a 4/10 in Tom Adams' player ratings.
- With a chance to go top of the league, Tottenham travelled to West Ham and duly turned in their worst performance of the season, says Ben Pearce.
- Mauricio Pochettino lamented Tottenham's uncharacteristic first-half display as the Spurs blew the chance to go top of the Premier League.
- Coming so soon after Sunday's Capital One Cup final heartbreak, Liverpool's triumph over City was just what the doctor ordered, says Steven Kelly.
- Vincent Kompany described this time of year as "hunting season," but it was Liverpool who were doing the hunting on Wednesday night, writes Richard Jolly.
- Man City's curse at Anfield continued as a woeful team display culminated in a deserved defeat, writes Simon Curtis.
MAN UNITED: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that the club are still struggling through games, despite winning four in a row in all competitions, culminating in Wednesday night's 1-0 win against Watford at Old Trafford.
- Juan Mata was the star of the show for United as his late free kick earned a victory over Watford and a 9/10 in Musa Okwonga's ratings.
REAL MADRID: A depleted Real Madrid side failed to produce a galvanising performance at Levante following their derby defeat to Atletico but still earned a 3-1 win.
- It wasn't easy, but eventually Toni Kroos and Casemiro were able to navigate Real Madrid past Levante, writes Rob Train.
- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised the performance and commitment of his younger squad players after their victory against Levante.
3 - Man City have lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since November 2008. Slump.- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 2, 2016
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