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Five things We Learned From The Premier League This Weekend

Rooney return to form boosts United rooneyy

An ingenious Wayne Rooney back-heel was the winner as Manchester United beat Swansea 2-1 to record their first win in any competition since November 21st.

And the 30 year-old’s finish moved him second in the Premier League’s all-time goal scorers list on 188, 72 behind Alan Shearer’s record of 260.

The England forward has endured a tough first half of the season, suffering with injuries and being asked to play in different positions whilst his side struggled to impress under Louis Van Gaal.

However, Saturday’s display was Rooney’s best of the season so far and LVG described the result as a ‘fantastic start’ to 2016.

Rooney, playing in a more advanced position took the game to the Swans’ defence and worked tirelessly without the ball, as well as looking to move it forward when in possession.

United showed a lot more attacking intent in the second half against Swansea, and their fans will be hoping that the Red Devils continue in that vein in the second half of the season.

The Curious case of Diego Costa costaa

Diego Costa scored just his sixth goal of the Premier League season as Chelsea continued their resurgence with an impressive 3-0 win away at in-form Crystal Palace.

But the Spain international is some way behind last season’s total of 20 goals and has been guilty of some below par performances in the first half of the campaign.

His falling out with former manager Jose Mourinho after he was dropped could have had something to do with a dip in form, but Costa’s omission from the first team was down to his poor performances in the first place.

Perhaps his relationship with the ‘Special One’ was tainted before ‘bibgate’ or maybe, as some have suggested, he wants a move away from the club and new boss Guus Hiddink has told him he needs to play his way to a deal at another club.

Either way, the 27 year-old has now scored three in his last three games for the Blues and could be returning to the prolific striker he was last season.

Vanquished Villa down and out garde d

There is surely no way back for Remi Garde and Aston Villa after a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland left the club 11 points from safety.

Stranded at the foot of the table on just eight points and without a win since the opening day, the writing is on the wall and Villa looks destined for the Championship.

Garde, who has amassed just four points in his nine games in charge, said that Villa needs new players, in an early contender for understatement of the year. The trouble is, not many players would want to move to Villa Park with impending relegation on the horizon likely to mean a reduced wage from the summer.

The Frenchman has expressed an interest in signing compatriot Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea, but the reality is five or six new faces are required to stop the ship from sinking.

On top of the onfield problems is the ownership dilemma, with chairman Randy Lerner seemingly unable to sell the club and selling its best players in order to get a return on his investment.

The likelihood is that Villa need 30 more points from the remaining 18 games to survive and, even in one of the most unpredictable of seasons, that looks impossible.

Foxes race run? fox

Claudio Ranieri was pleased with the point his side earned in a goalless draw with Bournemouth which took the Foxes onto 40 points – the Italian manager’s target at the start of the season.

However, that draw came at home, against a side who played with 10 men for over half an hour and saw star of the season so far Riyad Mahrez miss a second half penalty.

It was also the third successive game in which Leicester had failed to score having previously found the net their first 17 Premier League games.

On top of that striker Jamie Vardy is set for up to a fortnight out as he undergoes minor groin surgery, leading to the inevitable question: Is this when the Leicester City bubble finally bursts?

It could well be, and with the traditional big four all winning this weekend, they might have a fight on to hold on to a top four finish.

Unimpressive Gunners go clear wenegr

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren will be wondering how his side failed to leave the Emirates Stadium without any points after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat.

A scrappy, almost un-Arsenal-like goal from Laurent Koscielny gave Arsene Wenger’s men a 1-0 win in a game where the Magpies created the better chances of the two sides.

Petr Cech did brilliantly to keep a second successive clean sheet and proved why former team mate John Terry said he would earn Arsenal 10-12 points a season.

However, they say it is the mark of champions: getting three points without playing well, and with Leicester’s draw the Gunners hold a two point lead before FA Cup weekend.

It is safe to say that Saturday’s performance will have done little to win over their doubters, but, for the time being at least, the title looks like Arsenal’s to lose.

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