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The Winners And Losers From An Amazing Premier League Weekend

You couldn’t have predicted on Friday that we would have been treated to such a dramatic weekend of Premier League football with only Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea promising entertainment.

However, one of the highest scoring game-weeks of the season brought controversy, high-quality football and some shock results.

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Winners: Chelsea

Is what we’ll be writing by late April…

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Antonio Conte’s charges cruised past a sorry Arsenal on Saturday and stated further their insurmountable dominance over the chasing pack. With really only a young Spurs side still in their rear-view mirror, if the Blues put their foot down over the next few weeks, they’ll be champions with the time to spare.

Loser: Arsene Wenger

Wenger Out

Fans would have been foolish to expect much more from Arsenal but their listless performance at Stamford Bridge still riled the club’s faithful. Wenger’s absence from the touchline didn’t help as his side put in one of the most pitiful performances of his turbulent reign.

If he does sign that reported two-year contract extension, expect an already toxic atmosphere at the Emirates to worsen further.

Winner: Romelu Lukaku

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth (L) and Romelu Lukaku of Everton (R) embrace after the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on February 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

With the over-reliance on the goals of Romelu Lukau at Everton, when the Belgian plays well, the Toffees almost always win. Four goals and an unplayable performance, the former Chelsea man led to his side to a thrilling 6-3 win over an out-of-form Bournemouth. He has to maintain those levels if Ronald Koeman has any aspirations of closing the gap between themselves and the top six.

Loser: Jurgen Klopp

HULL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KCOM Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Liverpool seemed to have turned a corner in midweek with a much-improved performance at home to Chelsea but a turgid attacking showing at Hull saw the Tigers take a serious scalp without ever being genuinely threatened. They now have one win in ten, a narrow victory over League Two Plymouth, in a replay.

They have to face both Spurs and Arsenal in their next three and need a minimum of four points just to keep pace in the race for a Champions League spot.

Winners: Manchester United And City

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Juan Mata of Manchester United (L) celebrates with team mates as he scores their third goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

After defeats for both Liverpool and the Gunners, both Manchester clubs knew three points were a must on Sunday. They took very different routes but both got there in the end. A last-minute howler from Lukasz Fabianski gifted the Citizens a 2-1 win over Swansea while United looked back to somewhere near their best as they cruised past Leicester.

Loser: Crystal Palace

Delaney

As they have been for much of the past twelve months, Crystal Palace are in the worst form of any side in the league. The nadir of their current stint in the top flight came on Saturday as Sunderland blitzed Big Sam’s men in the first half and a fan confronted Damien Delaney as the unpleasant atmosphere at Selhurst Park reached a crescendo. Despite arguably having the best squad of any team at that end of the table, the Eagles are struggling to keep their heads above water.

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