Well, well, well. Has that made things interesting? I mean, considering Jose is putting his eggs pretty much in the basket labelled Europa League, United's win at Old Trafford has to go down as a bit of a shock...
Each week makes it look more likely that the top six will end in their current shape meaning doom and gloom for Arsene. At the bottom, it feels like Swansea and Hull City will play their own version of pass the parcel with that remaining relegation spot. It is too close to call, as ever.
Well, if the reward for international football is a bumper week of Premier League football then I apologise to international football for all the rude things I have called it recently. What a week of action we've had, with some twists and turns, some slap and tickle, and some expert displays of boosting footballers' confidence in public!
Today's theme is people in football who, well, really don't help themselves. Historically, you might consider Joey Barton to head up this list - on one hand, Joey craves being thought of as a football intellect. On the other hand, he likes to put his cigar out in a team mate's eye. Mario Ballotelli would probably get selected if this list became an XI - Mario wants to win the Ballon d'Or one day, but by the same token likes to let off fireworks in his bathroom.
The Premier League has been THE league of the 21st century. Television companies are now paying into the multi-billions for broadcast rights, selling the product on its excitement value - anything could happen on any given Saturday...or Sunday, or Tuesday night.
Whoa, whoa, whoa Chelsea. What's that all about, hey? We've already wrapped up this Premier League title thank you very much. The bookmakers have (pro...
Anyway, the real stuff starts again next week and we can look forward to Chelsea grinding out another Premier League title, more tittle-tattle around Arsene and Jose putting all his eggs in a Europa League shaped basket.
Let's start in an unexpected way today. Just imagine how bad Sunderland against Burnley must have been to watch. 0-0 must have been the most guaranteed result of the day. It's nice to see Jermain Defoe back in the England squad though, if only as a reward for putting up with only being passed the ball about 25 times this season.
The risk of crime is always a factor for any person considering renting or buying a home; indeed, the risk of residential burglary is among the most pressing concerns for any potential tenant or homeowner. This is not just because burglaries can have a huge financial impact, but because they also cause a great deal of emotional distress.
When the significance of the game is brought to the fore, we become humans again. Football, as a form of escapism, is perfect way for fans to distract themselves from the realities of life, but the necessity to switch is something that throws us off guard. Sport, unfortunately, has the trouble of encountering tragedy frequently. That said, it can be content in the knowledge that its community will always preserve its human instincts; there are things more important in life.
It really is a lot tighter than many believe, and it's only going to get more intense over the coming weeks. Two of the top six will now be facing each other in every match round until the middle of March, so make no mistake about it; this league is literally anybody's to go out there and snatch.
The day after New Year's Day was a good day to be Chelsea and Antonio Conte. They didn't even need to play to come out of Monday as winners. Liverpoo...
So Manchester United were a matter of minutes plus a Michael Carrick ice-cream away from a terrible end to 2016. But on the birthday of Sir Alex Unit...
Chelsea may have only won their last three matches 1-0, but their ability to protect leads is the main reason they are so far ahead. The fact that they have won five of their last six matches by a one goal margin underlines the importance of their solid backline.
Given the circumstances and what recent history has shown is possible, it would have to be a fairly spectacular collapse from Chelsea and a serious charge from someone else for the Premier League trophy to end up anywhere other than Stamford Bridge in May 2017.
Disgraced former England manager Allardyce is rumoured to be off to China. It has nothing to do with the money though, right? He has learned his lesson on that one. The rumours that Rooney might be following him are getting louder. Rooney to China at the end of the season would have to spell the end of his England career and many would consider that the finest Christmas present he could give to the English game. Not me though, I'm a fan.