The Gunners impressively moved into a 7-point lead at the top of the premier league table with a 4-2 victory against Brighton on Saturday.
Draws for Manchester City and Newcastle United earlier gave the Gunners a chance to increase their lead at the summit.
However, coach Pep Guardiola remains optimistic despite Manchester City’s performances on new year’s eve.
“Great game I can say. Dropping points at home is always tough, but I’m always trying to make our game good, and we have continued to do so. We have played really well in the last three games and it makes me feel optimistic,” Guardiola told BBC Sport.
Everton’s star striker, Demarai Gray stunning equaliser in the 64th minute dented the champions’ title hopes.
At Molineux Stadium, Marcus Rashford climbed off the bench to fire Manchester United to victory at Wolves sending the Red devils back to the top 4.
The striker had been dropped by Manager Erik Ten Hag after oversleeping and missing a team meeting, an act that amounts to indiscipline.
United have now lost just 1 of their last 15 games since a humiliating 6-3 derby loss to Manchester City in October.
Fulham hosted bottom placed Southampton at Craven Cottage taking the lead in the in the 33rd minutes through James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Willian curled a corner to the edge of the box from where the lurking Pereira hit a volley which deflected off Ward-Prowse’s shin and looped into the net.
James Ward-Prowse later responded in the 56th minutes sending a direct free quick into the back of the net.
Affairs were sealed in the 88th minutes when Jao Palhinha headed the ball home sending Fulham into the 7th position, just a point behind Brighton.
Crystal Palace garnered 3 crucial points in their final game of 2022 with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth. Both goals came from first-half set pieces.
In other matches played on New year’s eve, the on form Newcastle shared a stalemate at home against Leeds, West Harm suffered a 0-2 loss at Brentford and Liverpool edged Leicester 2-1.
Today, Aston villa Stunned Tottenham 2-0 as former Arsenal coach, Unai Emery starts the year with a win. Aston Villa goals came from Emiliano Buendia and Douglas Luiz in the 50th and 73rd minute.
Today, Chelsea will be looking to start the year with a win as they travel to City ground to lock horns with Nottingham Forest.
A moment of silence was observed in all matches in tribute to the fallen football legend Arantes do Nascimento alias Pele.