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Arsenal holds top spot in TSN.ca's BPL power rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
10/4/2013 9:50:23 AM
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TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League staff. Rankings were weighted evenly between separate lists made by TSN Radio host and soccer analyst Gareth Wheeler as well as TSN.ca's soccer editors.

1. Arsenal (Last Week - 1)

The Gunners gained sole possession of the top of the Premier League standings with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City.  Aaron Ramsey's 62nd minute goal, which gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead, turned out to be the margin of victory.  He was also responsible for setting up Serge Gnabry's opener, having a huge influence on this victory.

2. Tottenham (LW - 3)

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in the 19th minute to give Spurs the goal they deserved after dominating the first half against Chelsea.  In the second half they would give up the equalizer in a 1-1 draw.  Bad feelings between the coaches dominated the pre-game and bad tempers from the players were prevalent throughout the contest.  In the end a point each was a fair result.

3. Chelsea (LW - 4)

Chelsea lost Fernando Torres to a second yellow card in the 81st minute, but a John Terry second half marker gave them a 1-1 draw against Spurs.  After surviving a first half where they were under the gun, Chelsea was much better in the second frame before they were reduced to 10-men.  After the red they had to survive the final 10 minutes plus injury time for the point, which in the end they accomplished.

4. Liverpool (LW - 7)

Luis Suarez finally made his Premier League debut for Liverpool this season after finishing his suspension and he picked up right where he left off.  Two goals and an assist on Daniel Sturridge's opening marker helped his side cruise to an easy 3-1 victory over Sunderland.  Another strong performance for Liverpool who find themselves tied for second in the table.

5. Everton (LW - 5)

Romelu Lukaku was on target twice to keep Everton the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, as they claimed a 3-2 victory over Newcastle.  All three goals came in the opening half before Newcastle stormed back and made it a contest in the second frame.  Ross Barkley had the other marker for Everton, who now sit in the top four of the table, one point ahead of Chelsea.

6. Manchester City (LW - 2)

City applied most of the pressure during their game against Aston Villa but defensive mistakes cost them in the second half as they fell 3-2.  Yaya Toure handed them a lead heading into the half and after they gave up an equalizer, Edin Dzeko restored the lead.  After that, they gave up a free-kick goal from a dangerous area for the tie and a defensive blunder led to the winner. 

7. Southampton (LW - 8)

Continuing their strong play, Southampton cruised to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.  Two goals in two minutes from Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert sealed the deal for the Saints.  Lambert's strike was the 200th league goal of his career.  A third Southampton goal was called offside in what was already a one-sided affair.

8. Manchester United (LW - 6)

There was no Old Trafford magic for United as they fell at home, 2-1 to West Brom.  Robin van Persie returned from injury but was not able to spark the team as a second half substitute.  Once again Wayne Rooney was the best player on the pitch, but his 57th minute marker was not enough for his side to pick up any points from this match.

9. Hull City (LW - 11)

Two wins in a row for the Tigers as they gained a 1-0 victory over West Ham.  After almost giving away the opening goal, Hull was awarded a 12th minute penalty that was converted by Robert Brady.  From that point the Hammers had the better of the play but Hull played well enough to hold on to the lead.

10. Aston Villa (LW - 12)

After surviving Manchester City's pressure in the first half, Villa turned the tables and forced their opponents into some glaring defensive mistakes, capturing a 3-2 victory.  After Leandro Bacuna leveled the score at 2-2 with a great free-kick, Andreas Weimann split the defence on a long ball and in all alone, beat keeper Joe Hart with the deciding marker.

11. West Bromwich Albion (LW - 15)

Perseverance was the key to a huge road victory for West Brom, 2-1 over Manchester United.  After seeing Morgan Amalfitano's opening goal responded to only three minutes later, Saido Berahino fired into the bottom corner to recapture the lead for his side.  Albion then was forced to hang on for the victory and they did, despite United earning a few good late chances.

12. Cardiff City (LW -14)

It was late, it was exciting and it has Cardiff knocking on the door of the top half of the table after they scored a late minute 2-1 victory over Fulham.  Jordon Mutch fired home two minutes into second half injury time to claim a deserved victory for the road team.  Steven Caulker had opened the scoring for 11th place Cardiff in the 12th minute.

13. Swansea City (LW - 9)

The Swans had a great first half but were not able to keep that momentum going after the break as they fell 2-1 to Arsenal.  Ben Davies slotted home a goal in the 81st to make it interesting but that was as close as they were able to get in front of their home supporters.

14. Norwich City (LW -17)

 Jonathan Howson was the difference in a 1-0 victory for Norwich City over Stoke City.  In what was a tightly played game, Norwich was able to capitalize on a mistake from their opponents to capture the victory with the first half marker.  Norwich keeper John Ruddy was sharp when he needed to be during this match.
 
15. Stoke City (LW - 10)

 Stoke had chances in their 1-0 loss to Norwich but were not able to find the marker to at least allow them to claim half the points at home.  Manager Mark Hughes tried inserting Stephen Ireland and Jermaine Pennant into the action in the second half but they were not able to provide the spark for his side in the loss.
 
16. Newcastle United (LW - 13)

Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy scored in the second half but it wasn't enough to overcome Everton in a 3-2 road loss.  The comeback unfortunately would be halted there as they were able to press but not find the equalizing marker to steal a point.

17. West Ham United (LW - 16)

West Ham was not able to translate both a possession and shot advantage into a victory, as they fell 1-0 to Hull.  James Tomkins had a great early chance that went wide and they would gain more runs on goal as they game went on, but could not finish any of their chances.

18. Fulham (LW - 18)

Fulham slumped to a 2-1 loss to Cardiff City, increasing the pressure on manager Martin Jol as his team fell into the bottom three.  Losing Scott Parker early in the game did not help their chances in this contest but as the game reached the 90th minute they looked like they might hang on for a point.  Two minutes later they conceded the winner, their fourth loss of the season.

19. Crystal Palace (LW - 19)

Another poor effort saw Palace slump to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton.  After playing even for the first half, they were completely overrun in the second and surrendered two goals in two minutes that they never looked capable of recovering.  In the end they didn't get one shot on goal during the contest.

20. Sunderland (LW - 20)

The Black Cats really never had much of a chance in their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.  They were lively when they had possession of the ball and Emanuele Giaccherini pulled them within a goal in the 52nd minute.   Interim manager Kevin Ball was not able to capture his first Premier League game in charge at Sunderland.

Aaron Ramsey  (Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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