EPL Table Update Following Arsenal’s North London Derby Draw

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Neither terrific nor terrible can be used to describe Arsenal’s result against Sp**s last weekend. For a large duration of time, it was looking like Arsenal might actually lose their first game at the Emirates against Tottenham for the first time in five years. Poor defensive play resulted in a goal for English prodigy Harry Kane in the 32nd minute.

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But Arsenal came back with heart in the second half and of all people to equalize, left back Kieran Gibbs (who’d have thought!) scored the vital equalizer to give Arsenal some light. Watching the last 15 minutes or so, it seemed that the lads might actually pull out a magnificent come from behind win… but it wasn’t to be, thanks to some clutch saves from Hugo Lloris.

Nevertheless, there were other games besides Arsenal that happened (as much as we like to think otherwise) which affected the Premier League Table.

Newcastle got their first away win of the campaign against lowly AFC Bournemouth after Ayoze Perez scored the only goal in the 27th minute.

Upstarts Leicester City remain in third place as star striker Jamie Vardy has now scored in nine successive games after scoring a penalty. Incredibly, he is now one game off Dutch legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of ten. There is no question that Vardy has earned his place in the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Spain and France. Ngolo Kante also got on the scoresheet for Leicester after Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes (who was also responsible for the Vardy penalty) somehow let a tame shot slip into the net. Troy Deeney scored a consolation penalty for Watford in the 75th minute.

Manchester United had a comfortable 2-0 win at Old Trafford against West Brom. Young winger Jesse Lingard opened the scoring from the edge of the box at the beginning of the second half. Juan Mata then put the icing on the cake with a penalty in the 91st minute, after Gareth McAuley was sent off.

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Norwich squeaked out a 1-0 home win against Swansea, which finally ended the run of four straight league defeats. Jonny Howson tapped in his first goal of the season when Dieumerci Mbokani headed a corner back across goal. Swansea now have five defeats in their last eight games.

Sunderland remain in the relegation zone after Dusan Tadic converted a 69th minute penalty to score his 4th goal of the season. This extended Southampton’s unbeaten run in the EPL to six games.

West Ham and Everton also played out a 1-1 draw at Boleyn Ground. Manuel Lanzini put the Hammers ahead with a cracking finish after Victor Moses’ shot was blocked. Nevertheless, the Toffees equalized only 13 minutes later when Romelu Lukaku ran on to a perfect pass by Gerard Deulofeu to level and extend his scoring run of scoring against West Ham to seven successive games.

Bad only got worse for Chelsea (Hah!), as they were defeated by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium when Marko Arnautovic scored an acrobatic goal in the 53rd minute. Jose Mourinho was forced to watch from Chelsea’s team hotel, due to his behavior towards match officials in the 2-1 defeat at West Ham in October causing him to get slapped with a one-match stadium ban. Chelsea have now lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since 1999 (guess it’s time to party like it’s 1999 as well!).

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A somewhat surprising result occurred at Villa Park as bottom club Aston Villa held current leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw in Remi Garde’s first game as manager after former gaffer Tim Sherwood was sacked.

And finally, new manager Jurgen Klopp suffered his first defeat in charge of Liverpool F.C as the Reds lost a 2-1 home contest to Crystal Palace. The visitors took the lead through Yannick Bolasie in the 21st minute, after he swiveled in the box to fire the opener. Phillipe Coutinho curled Liverpool’s equalizer a few minutes before half time following a nice flick from Adam Lallana. Nevertheless, Liverpool-born defender Scott Dann nodded in the 82nd minute winner for Palace, sending the Anfield faithful home with another loss.

Here is the updated Table:

Position    Team                                Matches Played       Goal Difference       Points.

1.                Manchester City                            12                          17                          26

2.               Arsenal                                         12                          13                         26

3.               Leicester City                                 12                           5                           25

4.               Manchester United                        12                          9                           24

5.               Tottenham                                       12                         10                          21

6.               West Ham United                          12                          7                            21

7.               Southampton                                  12                          6                            20

8.              Crystal Palace                                  12                          2                           19

9.              Everton                                              12                         4                           17

10.            Liverpool                                          12                         -1                           17

11.             Watford                                            12                         -1                           16

12.             Stoke City                                        12                         -2                           16

13.             West Bromwich Albion                 12                         -6                           14

14.             Swansea City                                   12                         -4                           13

15.             Norwich City                                   12                         -7                           12

16.            Chelsea                                              12                         -7                           11

17.             Newcastle United                           12                          -9                          10

18.            AFC Bournemouth                          12                         -13                         8

19.            Sunderland                                       12                         -13                         6

20.           Aston Villa                                        12                         -10                         5

Manchester City and Arsenal are still tied on points with 26 each after both teams drew their respective matches on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Citizens lead the goal difference category by a 17-13 margin, meaning that they stay at the top of the table… for now.

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It is a shame that Arsenal was not able to capitalize on City’s draw with a win against the Spurs. But it is also a relief that City were not able to win and pull two points ahead of Arsenal in the table. However, Leicester and Manchester United are now right on our tail after important wins.

At the other end of the table, Chelsea are now only three points clear of the drop zone, which seems unfathomable considering that they are the defending league champions. Mourinho claims his job is still secure, but he will need some wins quickly if he wants to avoid the boot from Roman Abramovich.