Week 15, or the Boxing Day round ended, with massive surprises all around the league. That gives us plenty of material for our Winners and Losers column.
The last time we watched the Gunners, they looked like a defeated army, but Arteta’s boys surprised us this Saturday. A 3-1 win over Chelsea is definitely a good thing for their morale and something Arsenal can build upon.
Some are questioning this victory, suggesting the Blues played bad and that Arsenal didn’t win this contest, but that Chelsea lost it. We aren’t going to investigate this claim, but rather focus on the outcome, which is the Gunners’ 3-1 victory.
The Peacocks needed this win badly in order to move towards the middle of the standings. With 20 points, they are three wins away from the relegation zone, being closer to the European competitions than the danger area.
Burnley is a tough opponent, and a 1-0 win came after a lot of griding. It is the second straight victory for Bielsa’s boys at Elland Road, and an indication of better times for Leeds.
Even though the Blades are at the bottom of the league, looking helpless, this is a colossal success for the Toffees. Carlo Ancelotti stabilized his side following a short period during which they experienced a few setbacks.
After that, Everton posted four wins in a row in the English Premier League events, allowing just one goal in those four contests. These three points propelled the Toffees all the way up to the second place in the standings, three points away from the local rival, Liverpool, who is one of our losers.
The Reds really blew it this time. They had everything in their hands, the result, the tempo, control of the field, etc. And in the end, the terrible WBA went home with one point in its bag. We deliberately didn’t put them among the “Winners” as they don’t play well, nor they deserved this one point.
To be honest, the Reds didn’t deserve to win with such an indolent approach following a goal, and Jurgen Klopp’s guys asked for the punishment with all the dull attacks and boring waste of time. Instead of pulling away from all the rivals, Liverpool is still within their reach.
We should write Che Adams instead of Southampton. The guy wears No.10 on his back, and manages to miss something unbelievable. If he scored that goal following Ward-Prowse’s post, the Saints’ could (and probably would) went back home with a win, snapping a two-game stretch without success.
At this point, Southampton is ninth, but that is not important. On the other hand, the fact is that they missed a perfect opportunity for a morale boost.
Mourinho was furious following tonight’s match against the Wolves. And how couldn’t he be, once Tottenham allowed a goal four minutes before the end of the regulations?
Tonight’s draw is the fourth match in a row in which the Spurs haven’t won, and that caused a major slip in the standings for the Portuguese’s crew.