Arsenal endures splendid Premier League weekend as several challengers stutter

Arsenal sit top of the Premier League after a couple of results went its way, with a crack or two potentially appearing in Manchester City's once impenetrable armor.

Arsenal FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Arsenal FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Arsenal had a good weekend in the Premier League as the majority of teams around them dropped points as the Gunners now sit two points clear at the summit.

As far as good weekends for Arsenal in the Premier League go, this was a good one. After claiming three vital points at home against Wolves thanks to a blistering first half, the Gunners could sit back and watch how the rest of the weekend unfolded.

As it turned out, the teams around Arsenal in Manchester City, Tottenham, Aston Villa, and Manchester United all dropped points. And that means Mikel Arteta's Gunners sit two points clear at the summit of the Premier League.

Had it not been for Liverpool's spectacular 4-3 win over Fulham that saw sensational goals as a big item on the menu, then the weekend could have been far better for Arsenal.

But nonetheless, we have to be happy with what transpired, as City saw Tottenham claim a share of the spoils late on with controversy surrounding the end of the game as Erling Haaland looked to have fed through a teammate in the dying stages, only for the referee to call for fulltime after the pass had been made.

City players surrounded referee Simon Harper at the fulltime whistle incensed that they weren't allowed to play on. Pep Guardiola's side had several chances to put the game away, but were left to rue their missed chances.

As for how Guardiola's feelings after the incident at the end of the game? He had a little dig at Arteta in the process.

"I will not do a Mikel Arteta comment," Guardiola said via Sky Sports. "It is hard when you review the image, the referee decides to blow the whistle after he has already said to play on. After the pass, the whistle, so I do not understand this action."

That result now marks three straight draws for Guardiola's side in the league, and while I'm sure not stating that the side isn't at its best just in case of football karma returning as it did last season, but things do seem different.

But right now, as was this time last year, Arsenal are top of the league and City look less than the juggernaught we have known them to become.

Let's not forget, we are only 14 games into a 38-game season, so there is still plenty of football to play, but Arsenal again, seems to be positioning themselves for another run-in for the title are a relatively easy weekend of Premier League football.