London, Dec 24: Chelsea thrash Aston Villa 8-0, Arsenal regain top-four position, Liverpool jump to eighth spot, Manchester United frustrated at Swansea City, Manchester City keep up after late winner, Spurs held by Stoke, all the results report from the Barclays Premier League on game week 18.
Chelsea returned to Premier League action by beating Aston Villa 8-0. The Blues maintained third spot while Aston Villa suffered their worst defeat.
Manchester United could only manage a 1-1 draw against Swansea City, leaving them just four points clear at the top. Spaniard Michu equalised for the home side after Patrice Evra opened the scoring.
Arsenal moved to fourth spot after a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Wigan Athletic. Mikel Arteta's penalty at hour-mark sealed three points for the Gunners.
Gareth Barry scored a late winner to help Manchester City close the gap on League leaders United. City beat Reading, currently at the bottom of the league table.
Newcastle United avoided the drop after a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Shola Ameobi scored the winning goal nine minutes from time to end a series of losses and poor performances.
Two teams fighting to stay above the relegation zone, Southampton fell to a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at home.
Tottenham were denied all three points against a well organised Stoke City side. The defensive side in the league denied Spurs top-four spots with a frustrating 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.
Romelu Lukaku helped West Brom Albion end their worst run this season with a 2-1 win over Norwich City. Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, scored the winner 8 minutes from time after Zoltan Gera cancelled out Ryan Snodgrass opening goal.
Everton beat West Ham United 2-1 as both teams were reduced to 10-men. Carlton Cole scored for the Hammers and was the first won to be sent off for a high boot. Second-half goals from Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar sealed all three points but Darren Gibson was sent-off towards the end.
Liverpool thrashed Fulham 4-0 at Anfield. Stewart Downing scored his first league goal for the Reds while goals Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez helped Liverpool climb up to eighth in the league standings.