Wolverhampton beat Chelsea 1-0 to move out of last place in English soccer’s top flight and leave the champion with one win from nine Premier League games.
Arsenal and Manchester City drew 0-0 in a matchup of the second and third-placed teams, Blackburn beat Liverpool 3-1 and Everton defeated Tottenham 2-1. Sunderland won 1-0 at Aston Villa, Newcastle routed West Ham 5-0 and Wigan drew 1-1 at Bolton.
With four losses and four draws in nine games, Chelsea is in fifth place, nine points behind leader Manchester United.
“It’s too much for our team,” Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said of his team’s struggles to Sky Sports. “There are a lot of reasons, but now is not the moment to say what happened.”
Jose Bosingwa’s own goal after five minutes at Molineux was enough to lift Wolves out of the three relegation places. The defender turned the ball into his own net to give Wolves their first win over the Blues since 1983.
United, which beat Stoke 2-1 last night, is on 44 points, two more than second-place Manchester City and another two points clear of Arsenal. United has played 20 games, two less than City and one fewer than Arsenal.
Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas hit the post in the first half at the Emirates Stadium in London for Arsenal, while City goalkeeper Joe Hart made a diving finger-tips save to deny Van Persie in the second half.
“That just shows you how much grit and determination we’ve got,” Hart told Sky Sports. “We led a charmed life but the goals are all the same size in every game so they’ve got to put it into the net.”
Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna and City’s Pablo Zabaleta were red-carded after a confrontation in the final minute.
Leon Best scored three goals as Newcastle dropped West Ham into last place. Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands also scored for the Magpies, who moved up two spots to eighth place.
Phil Bardsley scored the only goal as Sunderland pulled within two points of Chelsea and dropped Aston Villa into the bottom three. Villa’s Emile Heskey and Sunderland’s Boudewijn Zenden were ejected in the second half.
Benjani Mwaruwari scored two goals and Martin Olsson had one as Blackburn beat Liverpool. Steven Gerrard scored the Liverpool goal and also missed a penalty.
Seamus Coleman’s 75th-minute goal gave Everton the home win over Tottenham. Ronnie Stam’s score with 10 minutes left lifted Wigan to the draw at Bolton.