On Boxing Day in the Premier League, Southampton surprisingly won 2-0 (1-0) against Chelsea. In London, Michael Obafemi (31st minute) and Nathan Redmond (73rd) scored for coach Ralph Hasenhàttl’s team, who are now 14th in the standings with 21 points. Chelsea (32 points) remain fourth.
Southampton took the lead on the right wing: after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had played, 19-year-old Obafemi moved in the middle and scored his first Premier League goal with a left-footed shot into the long corner. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was without any defensive chances. Londoners then struggled and rarely became dangerous. Redmond’s goal gave the decision in the 73rd minute.
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved Arsenal from defeat on the debut of new head coach Mikel Arteta. After a failed attack in the 63rd minute, the ball landed by deflection at the feet of the Gabonese striker, who scored the equalizer from close range. In the first leg, the Gunners were put behind by a goal from Dan Gosling (35′), who had been preceded by a loss of ball in their own half.
For the Londoners, this is their 10th winless game in their last 11 attempts. With 24 points, Arsenal are only six points off the relegation zone in 11th place, while Bournemouth (20 points) are 16th.
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United (3-1)
In the win over Newcastle, Manchester benefited from several individual errors. The visitors took the lead in the 17th minute thanks to a goal from Matthew Longstaff, but they came back before the break. First Anthony Martial equalised with a flat shot into the short corner, which goalkeeper Martin Dubravka let slip (24th), then Mason Greenwood turned the tide after an unnecessary poor pass (36′). Marcus Rashford rallied 3-1 (41st).
Shortly after the restart, Martial was back on the scene when Sean Longstaff played a short pass to the goalkeeper (51st). Manchester then took the tempo of the game and did not allow more opportunities to score. The success of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjor’s team is seventh in the table with 28 points. Newcastle remain 10th with 25 points.
Everton 1-0 Burnley (0-0)
Carlo Ancelotti has made a successful start to his new club. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored three points against Burnley with an 80th-minute goal for his team and new manager Ancelotti. The preparatory work was carried out by Djibril Sidibé. For Everton, this is a new stage in the crisis. The team has not lost in four premier league games and is now 13th with 22 points.
Tottenham Hotspur – Brighton – Hove Albion 2-1
Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City (0-0)
Sheffield United 1-1 Watford
Crystal Palace 2-1 (0-0)