NORWICH, England -- Three points from Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Sunday.
1. Arsenal slip up
Once again, Arsenal's rivals presented them with an opportunity. Once again, Arsenal failed to take it.
Of the Premier League's top five, only Manchester City won on Saturday. The Gunners had a chance to capitalise on the failures of Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. But at a wet and windy Carrow Road, they fell short once again.
With 13 matches having been played, over a third of the Premier League season has now gone and, as a hectic December approaches, the relegation battle is taking shape.
Aston Villa's encounter with Watford on Saturday looks like the first of a series of "six-pointers" that also includes Villa's trip to Newcastle on Dec. 19 for a meeting of two traditionally big clubs, who are currently in dire trouble.
If Chelsea, currently 15th, are to be removed from the picture on the grounds of the sheer unlikelihood...
Jose Mourinho labelled Chelsea's Premier League title bid "mission impossible," after beating Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday but for the visitors, surviving this season does not seem so far-fetched despite the defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa's 64th minute finish earned Mourinho and his under-performing Blues some respite, yet for all Chelsea's unquestioned dominance at Stamford Bridge it again exposed a damaging lapse in concentration from Norwich.
At the minimum, Mourinho lives to fight another day. For the more optimistic, perhaps this was the any-win-will-do afternoon that releases weeks of pent-up pressure. Chelsea did not have it all their own way against a gutsy Norwich side, but something resembling their old ability to open teams up flickered into evidence often...