It was a case of as you were at the head of the English Premier League as the top three sides all enjoyed a winning start to 2008. Leaders Arsenal remained two points in front with a 2-0 New Year's Day victory over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium. Elsewhere on Tuesday, Manchester United stayed hot on Arsenal's heels after a 1-0 success at home to Birmingham City.
Premier League clubs are waiting for Tuesday's opening of the month-long January transfer window, some seeking to tweak their squad as they press for the title and others hoping to add players in the fight to stay in England's most lucrative competition.
The turn of the year can be both an inspiring and a daunting time for English Premier League clubs as they reach the end of a congested holiday-fixture programme and contemplate the challenges that lie ahead in the second half of the season. Someone who opts for the positive outlook is Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager.
Arsenal reclaimed first place in the Premier League as Arsene Wenger's side routed Everton 4-1 to take advantage of Manchester United's surprise 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday. The Gunners moved two points clear of United thanks to Eduardo's double strike and late goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Tomas Rosicky.