Late Declan Rice goal keeps Arsenal on top, as they can thank divine intervention

The English have a fascination with midweek evening fixtures, of which there are only a few per season. The Premier League trots out under the lights Tuesday-Thursday instead of Saturday and Sunday due to the lack of sunlight in the UK between Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day. The term “On a wet night in Stoke” serves as a litmus test for players and teams. The atmosphere during midweek fixtures seems to have increased desperation and sharpness compared to weekend games. This week, with the first full set of midweek games, saw a lot of action. Arsenal passed the “guts is enough” test against Luton with Declan Rice’s last-minute goal securing a 4-3 win. Aston Villa put in a stellar performance to beat Manchester City 1-0, dominating the match with a 22-2 advantage in shots. The match at Old Trafford saw Chelsea getting roasted by Scott McTominay and Mikaylo Mudryk’s speedy yet limited play. Bournemouth has shown significant improvement, sitting nine points clear of the relegation zone after solid performances in recent matches. Their defense has been particularly strong, surrendering less than 1.0 xG in their last four matches and five of the last six.