Premier League lead returned to Arsenal, Real Madrid's troubles with Alaba, and more

With a ton of major talking points across the major leagues this weekend, European soccer was in a giving mood during the holiday season.

Arsenal defeated Brighton in the Premier League, maintaining their top spot in light of Liverpool's failure to defeat Man United

Real Madrid defeated Villarreal to take back the top spot in La Liga, but their victory was short-lived as David Alaba

In the Bundesliga, Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen prevailed to maintain control of the title race, but Harry Kane scored twice as Bayern easily defeated Stuttgart.

Arsenal may have had more impressive wins this season than the 2-0 victory over Brighton

Arsenal out-footballed a footballing side like Roberto De Zerbi's for much of the game, while conceding very little at the other end.

It was also pretty close to the best XI -- you can debate Ben White over the injured Takehiro Tomiyasu, but the setup is the same

Havertz has had his (many) critics, and for all of Arteta's adjustments, there's little question that his presence affects Odegaard 

But given the massive investment in the German, it's evident that he'll be given time, and rightly so.

Havertz played almost exclusively as a center-forward after his first campaign at Chelsea.

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