Saturday's Premier League action has concluded, and most of Week 10 can be defined by the devastating losses suffered by a few select clubs.
Week 10's slate of games featured exciting matchups between top teams, but the matches between teams separated by more than a few places in the rankings were also entertaining to follow.
With November and December representing the toughest points in the schedule for a few top clubs (namely Arsenal and Liverpool), picking up wins when they present themselves is immensely important. Losing matches now could very well come back to haunt clubs later in the year.
Liverpool defeated by Arsenal
In the final match of Saturday's action, the two top teams in the Premier League—Arsenal and Liverpool—squared off against each other in what appeared to be one of the best matches of the season thus far.
Even though Liverpool were held scoreless in the 2-0 affair, the game was closely contested and featured great play from both clubs. Liverpool were simply unable to put the ball in the net, resulting in a heartbreaking loss.
Arsenal's goals came from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, with Ramsey's coming as an insurance goal later in the match. It was essentially the torpedo that sunk Liverpool, as it came just before the hour mark.
With the win, Arsenal open up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League standings—a gap that will be difficult for Liverpool to close. The two teams entered Nos. 1 and 2 in the rankings, respectively, and while that dynamic remains in tact, the disparity between the clubs is even larger now.
This is one of those losses that might haunt Liverpool later in the season. It was a well-played match by both sides, but Arsenal were able to capitalize and seal the victory.
Norwich City smoked by Manchester City
This loss was devastating for Norwich City because it could potentially cost them their manager. While it's pure speculation on my part, Norwich City manager Chris Hughton could be given the ax following his club's 7-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City.
Norwich haven't exactly enjoyed a strong season, standing at No. 18 in the Premier League rankings prior to this most recent beatdown. Following the loss, Norwich should be in the discussion with Sunderland and Crystal Palace as the worst club in the Premier League.
Losing their manager at this point in the season would represent a big loss for Norwich, even if Hughton hasn't been the best at leading his team to victory. Transitioning to new leadership midway through a season is never easy, and Norwich aren't exactly in a position to make drastic improvements.
It's only 10 weeks into the season, but this game against Man City pretty much represents the nail in the coffin for Norwich. There's no coming back from this one.
Chelsea shut down by Newcastle
Chelsea had a golden opportunity to gain ground on one of the two teams ahead of them (Arsenal and Liverpool) in Week 10 if they could take down Newcastle, but an incredible defensive effort was enough to shut them down 2-0.
Newcastle played stellar defense throughout, holding some of Chelsea's best weapons (Juan Mata and Eden Hazard) in check. With Mata and Hazard unable to get anything going for the offense, it was relatively easy for Newcastle to dictate the pace of the game.
Goals by Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy were the only scores of the match, and Remy's goal off a pass from Vurnon Anita was something to behold. Simply put, Newcastle played a nearly flawless match against one of the best teams in the Premier League.
Chelsea will be kicking themselves for this loss as the season progresses. With one of the two teams above them guaranteed to lose, a win would have helped them close the gap and make things at the top a little congested.
Now, the disparity between the top team and the No. 3 team is even larger than it was just a few days ago.