Premier League Winners and Losers: Frank Lampard, Andy Johnson and Derbies

Matthew Celentano@@Gunner_NYCFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2011

Premier League Winners and Losers: Frank Lampard, Andy Johnson and Derbies

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    Enough thrills and spills were packed into Gameweek 7 to keep you glued to your television until the final whistle blew on Sunday.

    But anybody could have guessed that just by looking at the fixture list.

    It kicked off with the famous Merseyside derby and ended with the always entertaining North London derby, with 29 goals of top-notch Premier League football sandwiched in between.

    With all of this excitement squeezed into just two days, there's no time to waste. So, let's get right to it.

Winner: Liverpool

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    One of the most famous matches in the Premier League, the Merseyside derby never fails to bring drama. 

    Liverpool trumped Everton, 2-0, in a controversial win at Goodison Park after Everton were brought down to 10 men early on in the match. Jack Rodwell was harshly sent off for a challenge that seemed more worthy of a yellow card than a red one.

    Everton have already decided to appeal the decision, but unfortunately that won't change the result for the Blues.

    Nonetheless, Liverpool are the champions of Merseyside and undoubtedly deserve to be winners for this week.

Winner: Tottenham Hotspur

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    With another derby winner, comes another controversial win.

    Arsenal dominated the majority of the match, but their inability to defend Tottenham's counterattacks meant Spurs went up 1-0 before halftime. Arsenal equalized early in the second half after a lovely build-up play, but Tottenham scored the winner after a rare Wojciech Szczesny howler.

    The controversy came mostly from Tottenham's first goal, after Rafael used his hand to control Adebayor's pass before volleying the ball into the far corner. The Dutchman then celebrated with the crowd, an offense that is usually bookable. And had he been booked, the midfielder would have been sent off.

    It's hard to write about Spurs as an Arsenal fan, but I'll hand it to them for scraping out a win after being outplayed by their rivals.

Winner: Frank Lampard

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    Whose career at Chelsea is dwindling? Who's miles past the peak of his performance?

    Apparently, not Frank Lampard.

    The Englishman walked out of Stamford Bridge last week after Andre Villas-Boas decided not to play Lampard. There was tons of speculation about whether this could mean the end of the England captain's career for Chelsea, and there couldn't have been a better way to respond than scoring a hat trick against Bolton.

    If that didn't silence critics, I'm not sure what will.

Winner: Chelsea

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    Chelsea have kept it low key so far this season. While the Manchester clubs have run riot over their weaker opponents, Chelsea have cranked out the same results, just with more modest scorelines.

    But, both last week and this week, the Blues have overpowered their opposition with a total of nine goals, crushing Bolton, 5-1, at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday and beating Swansea, 4-1, last weekend.

    Now all Chelsea have to do is find Torres' shooting boots.

Winner: Andy Johnson and Fulham

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    I don't think anybody saw this result coming—and I literally mean not one person could have predicted this.

    Andy Johnson scored a hat trick as Fulham completely humiliated QPR at Craven Cottage, 6-0, a fixture that should have been relatively close. Fulham had a poor start to the season after gaining just four points from their opening six matches, but the Cottagers finally registered their first win of the season, doing it in fashion.

    Fulham were behind QPR in the table, and still are, so no one saw them putting six goals past the Rangers in this West London derby.

    This might finally get Fulham's season off and running, so their match against Stoke at the Britannia next week should be interesting. 

Loser: Jack Rodwell and Everton

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    Everton were dealt some pretty bad cards in their derby match against Liverpool.

    As I mentioned before, Jack Rodwell was sent off early on in the match, immediately putting the Blues at a disadvantage, playing with one man less than Liverpool.

    They held their own for the rest of the half and for most of the second half, but they couldn't prevent Carroll and Suarez from scoring late in the match to give the Reds an important win.

    Bad luck for Everton, but nonetheless, the loser of the Merseyside derby must be a loser on this list.

Loser: Arsenal

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    The North London derby is a derby of high emotion, high drama and high stakes.

    We all know there can only be one winner, and this time around, the winner just wasn't Arsenal, even after dominating the match at White Hart Lane.

    The Gunners defense just has to get better, as they got caught on the counter attack time and time again without any midfielder making a strong tackle (besides Song).

    In my opinion, this result isn't as bad as it seems. In the end, it was the expected outcome, as Arsenal were away to an in-form Spurs.

    But, it's strange how the headlines suggest that Spurs dominated Arsenal in every way.

    The worst part of the day came after the final whistle—when it was announced that Bacary Sagna's leg had been broken, with the Frenchman being sidelined for three months. This is a huge blow to Arsenal, as Sagna has been the Gunners' only solid and fit defender so far this season.

    Even through Arsenal's nine summer transfer window signings, Arsene Wenger's men still seem to be lacking the ability to kill off their opponents when dominating the match.

Loser: North London Derby

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    Was it just me, or did this North London derby not seem to have the same thrill as others in the past?

    Some examples of scores from this fixture in previous seasons are: 3-2, 3-3, 4-4 and 5-4, with a few considered to be the best matches of the given season.

    So, for people expecting the same high-paced match as last season's 3-3 draw, this 2-1 scoreline was a bit of a disappointment. 

    However, I've got a funny feeling the North London derby at the Emirates later this season will be a different story...

Loser: Bolton Wanderers

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    Bolton just can't get a break at the moment.

    After winning their first match of the season over QPR, 4-0, the Wanderers have lost the following six matches, giving them a total of just three points so far this season.

    Although Bolton have had a tough schedule, a 1-6 record is still a 1-6 record.

    The Reebok Stadium outfit will be hoping that this horrendous form could come to an end with a seemingly simple match against out-of-form Wigan in the next gameweek.