On a day when Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all played as if they were still in a title race, the real action in the Premier League was down at the bottom.
Here are all the best bits from the day’s action.
Arsenal 4-0 Watford
Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea
Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City
Norwich 3-2 Newcastle
Stoke 2-2 Swansea
Sunderland 0-0 West Brom
West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace
Debut of the day
Poor old Alexandre Pato has had a tough time since arriving in England, having to wait a loooooooooong time for his debut while people suggest he may be the worst signing in the history of the Premier League. Well, he (sort of) answered his critics as he stepped off the bench to finally make his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt – and even scored. Yes, it was only a penalty, and yes, it was only Aston Villa – but you could tell by the look on his face it felt good. And he actually played pretty well, too.
Unused substitute of the day
Pato came on in the 23rd minute after Loic Remy picked up an injury, leaving forgotten man Radamel Falcao sat on the bench. And the Colombian did not look too thrilled about it.
Unlikely supporter of the day
Despite everything that’s gone on between him and the club, despite the tribunal and the acrimony, Jonas Gutierrez was still as heartbroken as any Newcastle fan by the Magpies’ last-minute loss to Norwich. What a guy. He still believes Newcastle can get out of it, but that game – which saw Aleksandar Mitrovic equalise in the 86th minute, only for relegation rivals Norwich to seal the points in stoppage time – is the sort of result that makes teams look doomed.
Comeback of the day
Kevin de Bruyne showed Manchester City fans exactly what they were missing as he returned from injury to drive his side on to a 4-0 win over Bournemouth – not that City fans weren’t painfully aware of exactly what they’d been missing. City contrived to take themselves out of the title conversation in De Bruyne’s absence – maybe the Dutchman, who scored and was given a standing ovation when he was substituted, can lead them on a late charge.
Nephew of the day
Alex Iwobi is quickly becoming for Arsenal what Marcus Rashford is for Manchester United, going from relatively unknown teenager to undroppable star in the space of weeks. He scored in the Gunners’ 4-0 win over Watford, making fellow Nigerian and Premier League legend Jay Jay Okocha go all funny. That’s fair enough really – Okocha is Iwobi’s uncle.
Fan of the day
Marathon man, Sport Relief hero and Crystal Palace fan Eddie Izzard was in the crowd as his side drew 2-2 at West Ham. It was only a point, but the comedian may have witnessed a crucial moment in his side’s season. They still haven’t won this year, but with a slow bicycle race going on between Sunderland and Newcastle, the seven-point cushion Palace have between themselves and the relegation zone should feel pretty comfortable.
Non-league player of the day
Can’t add much to that really.