Premier League review: It's Liverpool, Leicester, Man City, and then a mess after that

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Post by myngoc128 03/12/19, 03:08 pm

What an odd old season it has been so far. Every team between Tottenham in w88 line fifth and Everton in 17th has won either four or five games. Those 13 teams are separated by six points. Two games ago, Tottenham were in 14th, now they're one position away from the Champions League places. The gap between fifth and top is 20 points; the gap between fifth and bottom is 12. Additionally, Spurs have earned that spot with 20 points: Never before in the three-points-for-a-win era of England's top division has the fifth-placed team had so few points at this time. Last season, Spurs had 30 for the same place.

You could say this is all relatively arbitrary, or you could say we have the "gap between the elite and the rest" argument every year, but it does feel more stark this season. Who knows what the reason is, but essentially it feels like the Premier League has turned into a luxury version of the Championship. Still, as England's second tier is routinely one of the most entertaining divisions around, that might not be an entirely bad thing.

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Ljungberg's team selection for Arsenal was 'odd'Shaka Hislop is left scratching his head at Freddie Ljungberg's starting XI in Arsenal's draw at Norwich.
Ljungberg needs more than DNA to fix Arsenal ww88
Arsenal have scored seven away goals this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has got six of them. The only one he hasn't scored was the most vain of consolation goals, by Lucas Torreira against Liverpool. It's slightly terrifying, from their perspective, to consider where they would be without Aubameyang -- that has to be one of the things Freddie Ljungberg has to solve in his caretaker spell of indeterminate length.

Stan Kroenke's messenger, his son Josh, said last week that Ljungberg has "Arsenal DNA," a statement that is pointless at the best of times, but given how Arsenal's play for the better part of a decade has been characterised by their spinelessness, it isn't really the compliment he thinks it is.

Sure, Arsenal looked sparky enough in spells of their 2-2 draw with Norwich on Sunday, but you do have to wonder about a team's fortitude if they can't beat the team second-bottom in the league, even with all the supposed spring of the mythical "new manager bounce."

All the game really did was emphasise that, while Arsenal's squad is talented, their problems don't stop with the identity of the coach, and also that those talented players -- like one who can score all but one of their goals on the road -- can mask those problems for a little while, but not forever.

It's the start of December, the beginning of the season of goodwill, so let's extend that goodwill to not talking about VAR for once.

Well, only briefly, because Aubameyang was saved the indignity of missing a penalty by Max Aarons' bootlaces encroaching into the area and thus it had to be retaken, allowing the Gabon striker to score the retake. Small margins in this game.

Brendan Rodgers addresses Arsenal linksBrendan Rodge rs says it's only natural for his name to be thrown around to manage Arsenal.
Rodgers should stick it out at Leicester
Brendan Rodgers didn't do a brilliant job of putting to bed any speculation about him and the Arsenal job, but that shouldn't be a surprise and nor should it be a stick with which to beat him. He doesn't owe Leicester anything, and any of their fans who are outraged by the prospect of him leaving for a supposedly better job should remember how he got to the King Power in the first place.

It's not a surprise why Arsenal would want Rodgers (and if his powers extend to getting a consistent tune out of Kelechi Iheanacho, then we should probably upgrade his status from manager to magician), but you do wonder why Rodgers would want Arsenal.

At Leicester, he has a young, vibrant squad where most people already love him; they are already the most viable challengers to Liverpool, but a Champions League place would be a giddy bonus. At Arsenal, he would have talented players but a club riven with problems, the expectation of winning trophies yesterday but, in the short term at least, less prospect of actually doing that. Of course the money would be good, the status, too, and the idea of him restoring Arsenal to their former glory, as he nearly did with Liverpool, will appeal to his ego. But Brendan, take our advice: Stay where you are for a bit.


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