Chelsea heaped more Christmas misery on Liverpool with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea fell behind to a goal from Martin Skrtel after four minutes, but rallied with first-half strikes from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o to inflict a second defeat in four days on Liverpool, who lost to Manchester City on Thursday.
Arsenal top the table with 42 points from 19 games, one clear of Manchester City with Chelsea a point further adrift in third.
Liverpool, who topped the table on Christmas Day, dropped to fifth, a point behind local rivals Everton who moved fourth with 37 points thanks to a second-half winner from Romelu Lukaku.
In the days other 18.00 kick-off Tottenham overcome a depleted Stoke City team with relative ease.
A Roberto Soldado penalty and goals from Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon lifted Tottenham to go seventh on 34 points.