Premier League Week 17 – Winners and Losers

Premier League’s Week 17 ended was excellent for watching. Numerous great games, fantastic goals, and a few derbies, all that was seen this weekend. As usual, once the round ends, we are here with Winners and Losers column.

Winners

Arsenal

The Gunners brought back the smile on the faces of their fans. A 0-4 win against WBA on the road, was something this team craved for, due to multiple reasons. The young Arsenal team needs a bit of morale boost, and they also need to loosen up a little bit. It seems that the pressure tied their legs, not allowing Arteta’s unit to show its full potential.

We are aware that the Baggies are one of the worst teams in the league, but such a high victory is significant for the team from Emirates. 

Manchester United

Welcome back, Red Devils. We see United near the top after a long time, which is a refreshing thing we might add. Several of their failures earlier this year were forgotten already, as Man Utd went on a seven-game unbeaten streak. Plus, the Red Devils have a game in hand compared to Liverpool and can seize the EPL’s top spot.

During this stretch, Solskajer’s side defeated Leeds, Everton, Wolves, and Aston Villa while snapping one point from Leicester and Man City. 

Southampton – Danny Ings

Hands up for the Saints, especially Danny Ings, Liverpool’s former player who scored against the Reds after two minutes. This means a world to him after experiencing various problems with injuries this season. That’s why we’ve added his name, to put a spotlight on the fantastic forward. 

As for the Saints, a triumph here brought them back in the Champions League contention, snapping a winless streak that lasted for four games.

Losers

Frank Lampard

Frankie is in trouble. The fans are no longer behind him, and the club legend absorbs heavy attacks from various sides. Chelsea isn’t playing well at all, and to make it even more difficult for him, the last transfer window was one of the most expensive for the Blues in their history. 

They still didn’t win against a top 6 team, and all the big rivals easily took care of Chelsea. The latest defeat came against Man City who slashed the Blues 1-3 at Stamford, scoring all three goals inside the first 45 minutes.

Everton

Carlo Ancelotti was not happy at all following the match against West Ham, and all those who watched that contest surely noticed that. Instead of winning and moving even closer to the top of the standings (Champions League zone), the Toffees are now 6th.

With these three points, the team from Goodison Park would have 32 points, one fewer than the local rivals, Liverpool.

Liverpool

The champs lost, and are not in trouble with several rivals breathing down their neck. Also, there is a possibility to lose first place if Man Utd wins its next game. Klopp mentioned that the Red Devils have help from the refs, who are constantly awarding them penalties.

We are far away from the German’s status or level of soccer knowledge, but at this point, he should focus on his team, specifically the relations between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The lack of understanding on the field between these two is becoming more and more apparent.

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