Arsenal follow Manchester United to reach Premier League milestone

The Premier League leaders will make it 12 successive wins in a row should they register three points against the Cherries and while Cahill says that the record has not been a topic of conversation, he has acknowledged that each of the first-team squad will be aware of what is at stake. Boxing Day games are often amongst the best of the season, providing an atmosphere like no other, but the Reds' next clash falls on Tuesday afternoon instead.

There seems to be no end to the Chinese Super League's spending power, with Oscar's £60 million move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG this week showing that even young players can be lured by the riches of the Orient.

"Conte's arrival in the summer led to a deeper role for Oscar at the beginning of the campaign, but the switch to a 3-4-3 formation in October saw opportunities limited, and he now heads to Shanghai to link up with former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas". On current evidence, it's hard to see how the team from southwest London can be stopped. Having a strong domestic league is central to that and Chinese clubs are offering the kind of money that even the English Premier League can not match.

The Premier League defending champions are struggling more and more.

It's back to the heavyweights challenging for the title.

Chelsea will have to face Bournemouth without top scorer Diego Costa and key midfielder N'Golo Kante, who are both suspended after picking up their fifth yellow cards of the season against Crystal Palace last Saturday. That failure is now allowing them to focus purely on the domestic games, give their players more rest, and have a full week of preparation for Premier League games.

Oscar's transfer fee was not disclosed by Chelsea in its announcement. Like Chelsea, Liverpool has two losses so far.

Manchester United continue their unbeaten run to 11 games with a 3-1 home win over Sunderland. Four of its last six games have finished with that scoreline, including the last three.

  • Julie Sanders