EPL Table Update Following Arsenal Away Loss To West Brom


Arsenal miss opportunity to take sole possession of first in the EPL Table after massively disappointing loss against West Brom.

After another disappointing result, Arsenal missed another opportunity to become league leaders and slid all the way down to fourth in the EPL Table after both Leicester City and Manchester United won their matches. All was looking good after 28 minutes when Olivier Giroud headed in (because of course Giroud scored another header) a Mesut Ozil free kick (because of course Ozil got another assist).

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But within seven minutes, things started to look bleak again for Arsenal as James Morrison volleyed an equalizer past Petr Cech. Things got even worse for Arsenal in the 40th minute of the game when Mikel Arteta put James McClean’s cross into his own net. And if losing to West Brom 2-1 wasn’t humbling enough, Santi Carzola slipped from the penalty spot and skied it David Beckham style over the bar in the 83rd minute of the game to ensure that Arsenal wouldn’t be able to salvage any sort of result.

Oh, and just to add salt to the already colossal wound of injuries that Arsenal has, Francis Coquelin will be out at least two months (possibly three) after suffering a severe knee ligament injury.

Once again, the Arsenal game wasn’t the only game that occurred this weekend as nine other Premier League games were played.

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Troy Deeney tragically went from being the savior of the game to the villain in a span of five minutes for Watford when he equalized with a penalty in the 87th minute of the game before sliding a Bastian Schweinsteiger cross into his own net in injury time. Memphis Depay (who started his first Premier League game since October 4th) scored the opener in the 11th minute, when he volleyed home an Ander Herrera cross.

Chelsea won a rather nervy affair at Stamford Bridge as they defeated Norwich City 1 – 0. Diego Costa scored the game’s only goal in the 64th minute when he finished off Cesc Fabregas’ quickly taken free kick. It was Chelsea’s first win in four premier league contests.

Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku both got on the score sheet twice for Everton, as the Toffees demolished a horrendous Aston Villa side at Goodison Park. Villa remain stuck firmly at the bottom of the league with a dismal five points from 13 games. They still haven’t won a game since the opening day of the season when they beat Bournemouth 1 – 0.

Speaking of Bournemouth, they blew a 2-0 lead against Swansea City and only managed to salvage a point at Liberty Stadium. Joshua King and Dan Gosling scored the goals for the visitors, but Andre Ayew’s back heel and Jonjo Shelvey’s penalty made it 2 – 2 at the end of an action-packed first half. Bournemouth continued to dominate possession after the half, but they could not capitalize and remain in the relegation zone, while Swansea stay at 14th.

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Stoke got an important away victory at St Mary’s stadium as Bojan Krkic scored a magnificent goal in the 10th minute after he flicked it in from Erik Pieters’ left wing cross for the game’s first and only goal. Southampton dropped to 8th, as they saw a six-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Congratulations to Jamie Vardy, who now shares the Premier League Record for consecutive goals with Manchester United Legend Ruud van Nistelrooy, by scoring in a 10th consecutive match as Leicester City cruise past Newcastle to take sole possession of 1st place in the EPL Table (who’d have thought?!). Newcastle were thoroughly dominated in an embarrassing 3 – 0 home loss at St James’ Park as Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki scored the other two goals for Leicester.

Manchester City also had a rough weekend, as they lost badly to a Liverpool side who have shown signs of vast improvement under new boss Jurgen Klopp. The goal fest began when City defender Eliaquim Mangala put the ball in his own net. Calm finishes from Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino put the Reds ahead 3 – 0. Sergio Aguero gave City a faint glimmer of hope when he scored a goal right before half time, but Martin Skrtel put the icing on the cake in the 81st minute with a thunderous shot.

Following his goal in the North London derby, Harry Kane tacked on two more this weekend, as Tottenham comfortably cruised by West Ham United 4 – 1. Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker scored the other two goals for the Spurs before Manuel Lanzini scored a late consolation for the Hammers.

And finally, Sunderland claimed their first away win of the season as Jermaine Defoe stole a ball from defender Scott Dann and poked it in for the only goal of the game. The crucial win meant that the Black Cats moved up one spot to 18th, overtaking Bournemouth and are currently one point behind north-east rivals Newcastle.

Here is the updated Table:

Position         Team                                      Matches Played           Goal Difference                Points

  1.               Leicester City                                     13                                8                                   28
  2.               Manchester United                            13                               10                                  27
  3.               Manchester City                                 13                               14                                  26
  4.               Arsenal                                              13                              12                                  26
  5.               Tottenham                                          13                               13                                   24
  6.               West Ham United                              13                               4                                    21
  7.               Everton                                                13                               8                                    20
  8.               Southampton                                      13                               5                                     20
  9.               Liverpool                                             13                               2                                    20
  10.               Crystal Palace                                     13                               1                                     19
  11.               Stoke City                                            13                              -1                                    19
  12.               West Bromwich Albion                     13                              -5                                    17
  13.               Watford                                               13                              -2                                    16
  14.               Swansea City                                       13                              -4                                    14
  15.               Chelsea                                                 13                              -6                                     14
  16.               Norwich City                                       13                               -8                                    12
  17.               Newcastle United                               13                               -12                                10
  18.               Sunderland                                          13                               -12                                   9
  19.               AFC Bournemouth                             13                               -13                                   9
  20.               Aston Villa                                           13                               -14                                   5

This table illustrates how quickly things can change in the English Premier League. Seven months ago, Leicester City were rock bottom and looking at a quick return to the Championship. But a magnificent turnaround somehow got them out of the relegation zone at the end of last season, and they are now playing like true champions (especially that Jamie Vardy guy). They deserve their place at the top of the table. Manchester United have also returned to good form and are starting to find their rhythm after a fairly slow start, though they were lucky to escape with three points on Saturday at Vicarage Road.

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Manchester City and Arsenal are still tied with 26 points each after both teams suffered embarrassing losses – they have paid the price for it and are now third and fourth in the table respectively. The Spurs are also right on Arsenal’s tail, with 24 points.

At the other end of the table, Chelsea climbed up a spot after barely squeezing a victory over Norwich City at home but are still a long way away from making any sort of run for the Premier League title.