EPL Table Week 8: Updated Look After Saturday's Results

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 19, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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So, apparently that Mesut Ozil guy is pretty good. 

The 25-year-old German midfielder apparently grew bored of assisting and playing the role of maestro—OK, well he was still a maestro, completing a match-high three key passes and compiling 104 touches—on Saturday, as he notched his first two Premier League goals to help Arsenal to a 4-1 win over Norwich City and another week atop the table. 

He slotted a rare header in the 58th minute and put a cap on the Gunners' emphatic, dominant performance with an excellent finish in the 88th. 

The addition of Ozil this summer has simply taken everyone on Arsenal, specifically in the midfield, to a new level. Aaron Ramsey, who has been in unbelievable form, scored his eighth goal since the end of August, and Jack Wilshere scored for the second match in a row, finishing off a world-class team buildup.

Arsenal are clicking on all cylinders right now, and it has them at the top of the table:

EPL Table Through Oct. 19
Pos.TeamMatches PlayedPointsGD
4Manchester City81611
8Manchester United8111
9Hull City811-2
10Newcastle United811-3
11Swansea City8101
12Aston Villa7101
13West Bromwich Albion8101
14West Ham United880
15Stoke City88-3
16Cardiff City88-5
18Norwich City87-7
19Crystal Palace73-8

Chelsea, meanwhile, got their own brace from youngster Eden Hazard as they erased an early Jordon Mutch goal and rolled over Cardiff City, 4-1. Samuel Eto'o put in arguably his most impressive performance of the season, as the Blues passed Liverpool, who tied Newcastle on Saturday, for second on the table. 

Manchester City round out the top four after a 3-1 win over West Ham at Upton Park. It was a thrilling match that saw lots of second-half action, but Sergio Aguero's brace and David Silva's sublime all-around performance were too much for the Hammers. 

Southampton dropped out of the top four, but a draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford is nothing to be ashamed of for Mauricio Pochettino's upstart squad. 

The Red Devils, who gave up a shocking 89th-minute equalizer in that one, continue to be plagued by inconsistency and sit in the middle of the table in eighth place.