1 LIVERPOOL GET LUCK CHAMPIONS NEED
For the second consecutive week, Liverpool got the job done by a solitary goal, but in stark contrast to a dogged 1-0 victory at Brighton on Jan 12, Jurgen Klopp's men needed a touch of fortune to see off Crystal Palace 4-3 on Saturday.
At 2-2 in the second half, the Reds' biggest break came when Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni fumbled a simple James Milner cross towards his own goal and Mohamed Salah tapped it into an empty net. Another hurdle cleared, Liverpool are now 15 games from a first title in 29 years.
2 EMERY'S FLEXIBILITY AIDS DIAMOND DISPLAY
Arsenal's victory over Chelsea was a reminder that there have been plenty of positives during Unai Emery's first season.
The Spaniard has had to muddle along with an imbalanced squad, but has shown he can make important tactical interventions.
He got the better of Maurizio Sarri in the 2-0 win, disrupting the Chelsea manager's plan to build from the back by using an energetic high press, and his switch to a midfield diamond showed that Arsenal have become more flexible.
3 RASHFORD REPAYS SOLSKJAER'S FAITH
Arsenal's win moved the Gunners to within three points of Chelsea in the fight for a top-four finish, but it is a rejuvenated Manchester United who look more likely to beat Sarri's men to Champions League qualification.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has seven straight wins since taking charge as caretaker boss. An 11-point gap to the top four when Jose Mourinho was sacked last month is now down to three.
The 2-1 win over Brighton was not the Red Devils' best display under the Norwegian, but his influence was decisive as Marcus Rashford's stunning solo goal proved the difference. Finally afforded a run of games in a central role up front, Rashford has now scored in four straight Premier League games.
THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE