Premier League Winners and Losers: Glen Johnson, Manchester City and Chelsea

Matthew CelentanoFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2011

Premier League Winners and Losers: Glen Johnson, Manchester City and Chelsea

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    The Premier League came back from the international break in style this weekend.

    Manchester City ended Newcastle's outstanding undefeated run with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, while Liverpool deepened Chelsea's worries with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. Robin Van Persie continued his phenomenal form with another two goals, while Fernando Torres continued his terrifyingly woeful form by making absolutely no impact against his former club.

    On the other side of the table, relegation contenders Wigan and Blackburn played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, and while both teams grabbed a point, they would've each rather gained 3 points from this crucial relegation battle fixture.

    That's it for summary, let's get right into it.

Winner: Robin Van Persie

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    Is it ok that I've been putting Robin Van Persie as a winner practically every gameweek?

    But what am I supposed to do? The Dutchman's scoring a brace every match, and I can't just ignore him, right?

    Call him what you want: the Flying Dutchman, Mr. Fantastic, Rockin' Robin, they all work.

    But we Arsenal fans call him just one thing: God.

Winner: Everton

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    Everton's start to the season has been a slow one: no surprise there. 

    The Toffees grabbed a much needed three points at home to the Wolves on Saturday, putting them from 17th all the way up to 12th. David Moyes will be relieved, as these are the fixtures that Everton really needed to get points from in their usual beginning of season slump. 

    Knowing how predictable the Merseyside outfit are, it's pretty much inevitable that they'll end up finishing the season strongly somewhere around seventh, eighth, or nineth place.

Winner: Manchester City

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    In what was supposed to be a fairly interesting, close match, Manchester City brushed aside Newcastle with a comfortable 3-1 win at Etihad Stadium.

    This win continued City's absolutely sensational form, with the Manchester outfit dropping just two points so far this season. In fact, it's becoming a bit scary. If Manchester United at Old Trafford can't beat them, who will? Roberto Mancini's side still hasn't played Liverpool, Chelsea, or Arsenal yet, so there's still plenty of big fixtures for the Citizens, but still, it's hard to see them losing.

    Like I said, it's quite scary.

Winner: Liverpool

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    Liverpool ended their spell of mediocre form with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    This fixture was quite an interesting one, as it was two sides that should be fighting for the title, but haven't really proved that they're worthy so far in the season. Liverpool have fallen to unsatisfactory draws way too many times at Anfield, while Chelsea has too many problems to count.

    The Reds put in one of their best performances so far this season, getting everyone on the team involved and grabbing a late goal after conceding.

    We'll see in upcoming weeks if this is a one-off win or the beginning of some good form.

Winner: Glen Johnson

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    Glen Johnson, Liverpool's right back, was an unlikely scorer as his superb individual goal was the winner against Chelsea at the Bridge. 

    He's come under his fair share of criticism in the past, but Kenny Dalglish will be hoping that Johnson finally shapes up to be a defensively solid, decent-at-attacking right back.

    It's the Englishman's first goal in a while, and probably his first goal for a while, so enjoy it while it lasts, Glen.

Loser: Newcastle

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    It's not so much that Newcastle are losers this week, they lost to a strong Manchester City side away from home and put up a good fight. Really, I'm using this slide to acknowledge Newcastle's incredible unbeaten run.

    After losing four key players in the past year in Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, it seemed like the Magpies would have a rough season, and many even predicted a relegation battle.

    But Alan Pardew performed wonders, making some brilliant, cheap signings like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Kenny Dalglish . Other players already at Newcastle like Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul have been performing at their best yet under Pardew this season.

    The Magpies became a favourite for the neutral spectator, as they proved doubters wrong and started the season unbeaten, getting all the way up to third place with 25 points from 12 matches. They've got a tough schedule coming up, with matches against Manchester United and Chelsea, but I think everyone's hoping they pull off a few upsets in order to keep their good form going.

Loser: Chelsea

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    The Blues lost yet again on their own home turf in a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, and I think it's now safe to say that Chelsea is in a slump.

    Like I mentioned before, there's just too many problems at the club that need to be sorted out. Firstly, there's the woeful defending. Mikel lost the ball in a horrid position, allowing the Reds to pounce and grab their first goal. As for the second goal, Chelsea's defense simply got carved apart by a right back.

    And, that's only the beginning. With the hundred billion forwards Chelsea has, none of them have proved so far this season to be reliable week in week out goal scorers. Drogba's past his prime, Anelka's getting old as well, Sturridge is still maturing, Kalou isn't all that good, Lukaku's failed to make an impact when he comes on and Torres—well, there's problem number three.

    Andre Villas-Boas has to find the recipe for his team to win, or he could very well be sacked and Chelsea's season could go down the drain.

Loser: John Obi Mikel

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    Like I mentioned before, John Obi Mikel was completely at fault for Chelsea's first goal conceded as he fell and lost the ball far into the Blues' own box.

    Mikel isn't exactly a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, and has come under a fair amount of criticism in his time with Chelsea. This error isn't likely to help, and the Nigerian certainly has his work cut out for him in order to prove Villas-Boas that he deserves a regular starting spot.

    Chelsea players have really got to practice staying on their feet...