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

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10/25/2013 6:08:42 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- 2)

The Gunners reclaimed the top of the table with a 4-1 victory over Norwich City.  Mesut Ozil was strong once again for Arsenal as he took a turn as provider instead of facilitator with two goals in the match.  Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere also both scored high quality goals.
 
2. Chelsea (LW- 3)

A David Luiz' mistake put Chelsea behind, but a strong response led them to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Cardiff City.  Samuel Eto'o was allowed to score a controversial goal that turned out to be the winning marker, an Eden Hazard brace and a goal from Oscar provided the rest.  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for berating an official.
 
3. Manchester City (LW- 4)

Sergio Aguero scored twice and David Silva added a late insurance marker as City cruised to a 3-1 victory over West Ham.  Alvaro Negredo had another strong game as he continues to build a dangerous partnership with Aguero.  The victory moves Manchester City into the top four of the table.

4. Liverpool (LW- 1)

Daniel Sturridge rescued a point for Liverpool after he fired home in the 72nd minute for a 2-2 draw against 10-man Newcastle.  Steven Gerrard converted a penalty for Newcastle's other marker after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was shown a red card.
 
5. Tottenham (LW- 6)

Andros Townsend continued his solid play for Spurs as he and Roberto Soldado found the net in a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.  Townsend's goal was actually meant to be a cross but ended up slipping past Villa keeper Brad Guzan for the opening marker.  He almost added to his tally a few more times before the final whistle but in the end settled for a goal and a strong performance.

6. Southampton (LW- 5)

Adam Lallana scored in the 89th minute to give the Saints a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.  Southampton was strong for stretches of the game and in the end walked away with a deserved point from the contest.  Keeper Artur Boruc was solid, delivering key saves throughout the game.

7. Everton (LW- 8)

Back in the lineup and back on the scoreboard, Steven Pienaar returned after six weeks to give Everton a 2-1 victory over Hull City.  Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring in the eighth minute for Everton, Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin were also strong in the victory.

8. Manchester United (LW- 7)

The Champions once again were denied a win at home after a late goal forced them to settle for a 1-1 draw against Southampton.   Robin van Persie put his side ahead with a goal in the 26th minute, a lead they held until the 89th when they gave up the equalizer.  United is now eighth in the table, eight points out of the top spot.

9. West Bromwich Albion (LW- 11)

The Baggies were not able to find a winning marker as they were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Stoke.  Youssouf Mulumbu was denied a penalty shout that could have decided the game if awarded.  Nicolas Anelka was brought into the game after the hour mark but he wasn't able to change his team's fortunes.

10. Newcastle United (LW- 13)

 A back and forth contest left 10-man Newcastle with a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.  Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off in the 40th minute and though Newcastle took the lead, they weren't able to see it through to the end of the game.   Yohan Cabaye and Paul Dummett were on target in the draw for Newcastle.
 
11. Aston Villa (LW- 9)

Andreas Weimann came closest to scoring for Villa but that's the best they could do in a 2-0 loss to Tottenham.  Christian Benteke came into the game in the 61st minute and also had some influence for the visitors but they weren't able to crack the scoreboard.

12. Swansea City- (LW- 14)

A dominant home performance led to a 4-0 victory for Swansea over Sunderland.  Jonathan De Guzman and Wilfried Bony both scored while the Swans also benefitted from two own goals in the win.

13. Hull City (LW- 10)

Yannick Sagbo's 30th minute marker was all the Tigers could muster in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Everton.  Injury to insult for Hull was losing Danny Graham to a knee injury, he is expected to miss three-weeks of action.  Abdoulaye Faye had two chances to grab at least a point for Hull but was not able to find the back of the net.

14. Fulham (LW- 18)

After falling behind 1-0, Pajtim Kasami's wonder goal started a comeback that ended in a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.  Steve Sidwell's goal that stood up as the winner was also a highlight reel marker but the Kasami goal is the one that could be goal of the year.  Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos also scored for Fulham in the win.

15. West Ham United (LW- 12)

The Hammers had trouble dealing with the pace and skill of Manchester City, as they lost at home 3-1.  Ricardo Vaz Te scored the only goal for West Ham but was also defensively responsible for Sergio Aguero's second which turned out to be the winner.  West Ham opened the game strong but in the end just didn't have enough to compete.

16. Stoke City (LW- 15)

Stephen Ireland wasted the Potters best chance as they split the points with West Brom in a 0-0 draw.  Neither team was able to take control of the game as even the possession numbers were split down the middle at the final whistle.  Stoke's four goals are the lowest total in the Premier League this season.

17. Norwich City (LW- 17)
 
Jonathan Howson's 70th minute marker cast some doubt into the contest but in the end was not nearly enough in a 4-1 loss to Arsenal.  Norwich held out against the pressure from their opponents before giving up two goals in five minutes late in the game that sealed their fate.

18. Cardiff City (LW- 16)

After taking a 1-0 lead over Chelsea, Cardiff slumped to a 4-1 defeat thanks to defensive mistakes and a controversial referee decision.  Keeper David Marshall was bouncing the ball when he was dispossessed by Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o leading to the winning goal.  Cardiff was not able to keep up with the pace of the game over 90 minutes.

19. Crystal Palace (LW- 19)

 Adrian Mariappa opened the scoring for Palace before they were overrun by Fulham in a 4-1 loss.  From that point it was all downhill for the home side as they conceded twice before the half and two more times after the break.
 
20. Sunderland (LW- 20)
 
After holding firm in the first half, Sunderland had a nightmare second half conceding three-goals in seven minutes as they fell 4-0 to Swansea.  Gus Poyet's first game in charge of the squad was not one to remember as his team managed only one shot on target.  Two of the three goals were credited as own goals and the fourth marker was an 80th minute penalty.

Mesut Ozil  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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