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Barclays Premier League Table Week 16: Breaking Down Biggest Winners and Losers

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Ramires of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal with Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on December 14, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

It's safe to say the chase for the Premier League title just got a whole lot tighter.

Manchester City and Chelsea both made up some serious ground on Arsenal, while Everton managed to keep their name in the running with an impressive 4-1 win over Fulham. Five teams are now within five points of each other, and that's before Tottenham and Liverpool have played in another crucial Week 16 matchup.

Let's take a look at the updated table, and break down this weekend's biggest winners and losers. 

Week 16 Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLFAGDPTS
1Arsenal16112333171635
2Chelsea16103332181433
3Manchester City16102447182932
4Everton1687127151231
5Liverpool1593334181630
6Newcastle United168352122-127
7Tottenham Hotspur158341516-127
8Southampton166642015524
9Manchester United156452219322
10Swansea City155462120119
11Aston Villa155461618-219
12Hull City165471319-619
13Stoke City164661520-518
14Cardiff City164571222-1017
15Norwich City155281428-1417
16West Bromwich Albion163671722-515
17West Ham United163581319-614
18Crystal Palace1641111124-1313
19Fulham1641111530-1513
20Sunderland1623111230-189
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Biggest Winner: Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrate with Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City after he scored their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester Ci
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Statement made.

Manchester City had the chance to let it be known that they were to be feared on Saturday against Arsenal and they did just that, winning 6-3 and taking a chunk out of the Gunners lead atop the table.

City still have their issues, of course. They are two different teams on the road (where they are vulnerable) and at home (where they are unbeatable), and when they are forced to play a bit more defensively in order to hold a lead, they suddenly look a bit lost. Hence the three goals from Arsenal.

Still, as statement wins go, this was a huge one for the Citizens. They are now just three points behind table-leading Arsenal and look ready to make their siege on the top spot.

 

Biggest Loser: Arsenal

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal and Per Mertesacker of Arsenal walk back down towards tunnel during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, En
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Arsenal may have scored three goals at the Etihad Stadium—more than the two that Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle managed combined—but giving up six goals is simply unacceptable for a title contender, no matter how difficult the away tie.

Not only did Arsenal allow City to draw within three points of them, but now they have to face Chelsea next Monday in a match that could see them fall from their perch atop the Premier League should they lose.

That would not be a kind Christmas present for the club.

Frankly, Arsenal are reeling a bit at the moment, having drawn Everton and now lost to Napoli and Manchester City in their past three matches. That's a brutal stretch, surely, but one the club would have liked to traversed with a bit more success.

A win over Chelsea would make everything better, of course, and guarantee the club headed into the holiday still atop the table. It might also restore some confidence for the club after a rather humbling stretch that has seen their lead atop the Premier League table start to wane.

 

Big Winners: Chelsea and Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on December 14, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thomas/
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The two clubs handled their business at home, with Chelsea beating Crystal Palace, 2-1, and Everton smoking Fulham, 4-1. The result drew each team closer to league-leading Arsenal, and Chelsea could theoretically top the table if they beat Arsenal in Week 17, depending on what Liverpool does in their next two matches.

Meanwhile, Everton continue to prove that they'll be very difficult to keep out of a European placement this season. Finishing fourth may be a big ask given the depth the league has shown thus far in the season, but a trip to the Europa League is looking like a very real possibility.

 

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