Arsenal suffered another injury blow on Wednesday when the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista limped off during the first half at Loftus Road after tweaking his hamstring.
The January signing made his first league start in the win over Everton on Sunday at the expense of Per Mertesacker and retained his place in the team as defensive partner Laurent Koscielny was rested. However after a particularly bruising contest with Bobby Zamora the central defender departed with a thigh injury which could mean around 2-3 weeks out although Gabriel will need a scan. The game also marked the return of Aaron Ramsey to the Gunners bench while Francis Coquelin was passed fit to play in a protective mask after breaking his nose in GW27 – Wojciech Szczesny [illness] and Nacho Monreal [back] missed out but the pair could return for the FA Cup this weekend.
Garry Monk confirmed post-match on Wednesday that striker Bafetimbi Gomis had been taken to hospital as a precaution following his collapse on the field of play moments after Tottenham opened the scoring.
Since his teenage years Gomis has suffered from vasovagal episodes [fainting] caused by a drop in his blood pressure although the striker has not had any issues since moving from Lyon last summer. Medical tests previously - in particular back in 2009 when the player fainted three times in one season [twice in a week] - have found no way to effectively manage the condition and despite the obvious worry caused to team mates and back room staff [by his blackouts] the player himself is not overly concerned. With 12 days until their next Premier League fixture Gomis should be okay but given his lack of form Monk may decide to remove his striker from the limelight and afford Nelson Oliveira or Marvin Emnes an opportunity for a run within the first team.
Manchester City returned to winning ways as David Silva's close-range goal increased battling Leicester City's relegation worries.
This was far from an easy win for City, but the three points is all that matters, Silva struck from close range right on half time following Wes Morgan's brilliant block of the Spaniard's first effort, but Leicester played well and were denied a penalty when Fernando tripped Andrej Kramaric on the edge of Man City's area.
Riyad Mahrez's also struck the post but James Milner killed the game off two minutes from time to complete a 2-0 win.
Tottenham earned a first win in six games as they bounced back from losing the League Cup final by beating Swansea.
A thrilling game ended 3-2 to Tottenham, but that only tells half the story. Spurs took the lead through Nacer Chadli but that hardly mattered when, minutes later, Swansea's Gomis collapsed on the pitch and had to be stretched off. The game restarted and Ki Sunng-Yueng equalised for the visitors within 10 minutes after Gylfi Sigurdsson's free kick had hit the post. That was how it stayed until the second half when Spurs turned the screw and scored twice through Ryan Mason and a fine individual goal from Andros Townsened to make it 3-1. The home side were in complete control until Sigurdsson hit a volley with two minutes to go to set up a grand stand finish. Swansea pressed but Hugo Lloris made a world class save in injury time to ensure the game ended 3-2.
Daniel Sturridge scored in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Burnley.
Liverpool were clearly the better team today as they enjoyed 63% of possession and dominated Burnley by putting up 20 shots compared to Burnley's 9. Sturridge and Jordan Henderson both scored as the scoreboard agreed with the game story. Sturridge is finally fit enough to play the full 90 minutes and is a must own fantasy player in all draft leagues. He is also a great option in the Yahoo! game due to his relatively low ownership percentage. Use him with confidence going forward.
Everton continue to look a shell of last year's surprise package as they dropped another decision, this time 2-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia.
Luke Garbutt started his second consecutive Premier League match and Everton dropped a second consecutive 2-0 away match. Everton haven't been great under any circumstances this season but the absence of Leighton Baines is yet another barrier to them recovering the form they showed last season. The 21-year-old Garbutt may have a bright future but with a relegation scrap getting closer and closer this isn't the time that Roberto Martinez will want to find out about his young left back.
Victor Moses scored in the 32nd minute and Mame Biram Diouf iced it late as Stoke City heaped more misery on Everton with a 2-0 win at the Britannia.
It has been a rotating cast of characters for Stoke City as injury and squad rotation have led to what seems to be an ever-changing starting eleven. Victor Moses, who appears to be back to his early-season form after a lengthy injury layoff, scored the opener from a Phil Bardsley cross. Stoke City held the 1-0 advantage until the 84th minute when Mame Biram Diouf put the match away from short range.
Eden Hazard scored early on to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over West Ham United.
In what was a very tough matchup, Chelsea were able to win a valuable three points today by seeing off West Ham United. The Blues started Kurt Zouma in midfielder once again but were able to survive without Nemanja Matic by not conceding a goal. It was a match that featured a number of high quality saves from both goalkeepers, with Hazard's chance clearly the moment of the match. The Blues have a five point lead on top of the table and have an extra match left to play over second place Manchester City.