Premier League Stock Exchange: Arsenal draw level with Chelsea, Spurs take a hit

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The Premier League fixtures are coming thick and fast now, with Gameweek 13 serving up plenty of action.

Keeping tabs on all 20 Premier League teams is the Sport360 Stock Exchange (360SE), our season-long measurement for top-flight sides as we track each club throughout the campaign and take into account their results to assign positions.

We initially used reputation and squad worth to determine the starting price but from Gameweek 2 onward, we’ve examined their output to create a new value.

The total points gained for the season are used as a tiebreaker, but sides which have produced big wins against strong opposition get a big boost and vice versa.

Without further ado, here’s the rankings after GW14.

1. Manchester City: 572 / 575 / +3

Total for 2018/19: +79

Such has been City’s dominance that a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth may even seem slightly underwhelming at first glance. Consider though that players like Sergio Aguero and David Silva were rested, while the Cherries – playing with five at the back – didn’t exactly roll over. The hosts showed their strength in depth as well as their relentless nature to eventually pick Bournemouth apart with precision.

2. Liverpool: 548 / 552 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +77

Going into the derby as favourites, things didn’t pan out as expected. Everton put up a strong fight and were even better over certain periods of the game. However, better finishing should’ve seen Liverpool secure the win well before stoppage time and instead, it was a large chunk of good fortune that handed them the three points. Jurgen Klopp couldn’t contain himself when the winner was scored but must be worried by his misfiring, and slightly underwhelming, attack.

=3. Chelsea: 476 / 480 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +50

Maurizio Sarri needed a response from his side after they were blown away by Tottenham last week and he didn’t have to wait long. Pedro put the Blues ahead in the fourth minute, but Fulham proved to be far more formidable under Claudio Ranieri. Chelsea had to wait until the closing stages to seal the win but were always on top – just about. The lack of clear-cut chances at home though was less than ideal.

=3. Arsenal: 464 / 480 / +16

Total for 2018/19: +36

Once again, Mesut Ozil was not part of Arsenal’s team and to Unai Emery’s credit, he wasn’t missed one bit. The Gunners started the game tremendously, deservedly taking an early lead which should’ve been more than one goal. Most encouraging though was their response after quickly trailing 2-1, against the run of play. They kept their heads in a feisty north London derby and produced some superb football, blending style and strength to devastating effect. They’re now unbeaten in all competitions since August 18.

Arsenal stormed to a famous derby win.

Arsenal stormed to a famous derby win.

5. Tottenham Hotspur: 460 / 450 / -10

Total for 2018/19: +30

After a tremendous win over Chelsea, their 4-2 defeat at the Emirates was an equally significant move in the other direction. Tottenham were caught off guard by a vibrant Arsenal outfit and fortuitously went 2-1 ahead in the first half, thanks to some suspect keeping and a controversial penalty decision. They were forced to go toe-to-toe with their arch rivals and were well beaten in the end. Plenty to ponder for Mauricio Pochettino.

6. Manchester United: 442 / 438 / -4

Total for 2018/19: -20

Jose Mourinho is under intense scrutiny and the fact that he can’t settle on a system or first XI doesn’t do him any favours. However, it’s the players who let themselves down at St. Mary’s. Yes, the style of football isn’t great but that doesn’t excuse the countless loose touches and haphazard challenges from the visitors. They did show character to come back from a catastrophic start.

7. Everton: 382 / 384 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +13

Everton have every right to feel aggrieved after they left Anfield empty-handed. They weren’t given a chance against Liverpool and history was against them but their performance was impressive, pushing the Reds all the way. The Toffees play in midfield was particularly encouraging as they seemed to win the battle in that department, while there were missed chances at both ends. A howler from Jordan Pickford in the dying moments surrendered what would’ve been a well-earned point, but there are still plenty of positives for Marco Silva to take from the display.

8. Leicester City: 362 / 366 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +12

Having served his one-match suspension in the League Cup after a sending off against Brighton, James Maddison scored a fabulous goal to seal a 2-0 win for his side. Leicester broke at pace in the transition and created several opportunities. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last five league fixtures and Claude Puel will be pleased with his side’s form.

Back with a bang: James Maddison.

Back with a bang: James Maddison.

9. West Ham: 354 / 360 / +6

Total for 2018/19: -3

West Ham produced a superb response to being thumped 4-0 at home to City last week. Newcastle were wasteful, but the Hammers created more than their fair share with Felipe Anderson in inspired form. A brace from Javier Hernandez was another positive and the hosts were good value for their 3-0 win.

10. Bournemouth: 332 / 334 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +54

Bournemouth usually ooze style and vibrancy upfront but Eddie Howe as under no disillusions when he took his side to the Etihad. He set up with five at the back, offering City some stubborn resistance but always posed a threat up front with Callum Wilson causing problems. They even had a legitimate penalty claim denied at 2-1.

11. Wolves: 330 / 324 / -6

Total for 2018/19: +27

Nuno Espirito Santo must be concerned now. After an impressive start to the season, Wolves’ defeat at Cardiff means they’ve managed to take just one point from their last six games. They were by no means overrun in their latest outing, but there’s been a significant drop in their efficiency at both ends of the pitch. Defeat against a struggling Cardiff side will have been disappointing.

12. Crystal Palace: 296 / 302 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +16

Crystal Palace peppered Joe Hart’s goal with shots, 29 to be exact, and two managed to find their way in. It was all Palace as Burnley rode their luck in a game that had a closer resemblance to a training match. The Eagles have been playing well without winning, so this result was much needed against a poor Burnley outfit.

13. Watford: 300 / 296 / -4

Total for 2018/19: +46

Watford had plenty of possession away from home but it was always Leicester who created the best chances. The lack of creativity will be a concern for Javi Gracia who was recently handed four-and-a-half-year contract. The Hornets have now scored just once in their last four outings. Worringly, they’ve got City to face next.

14. Brighton: 290 / 295 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +45

Brighton scored an 11th set-piece goal this season to record their first ever comeback win the Premier League. They went behind after 55 second away to Huddersfield, but gained the upper hand once Steve Mounie was sent off for the hosts. Brighton have picked up 10 points from their last six to climb to 11th in the table.

15. Newcastle United: 289 / 287 / -2

Total for 2018/19: -3

Just when Newcastle were gaining some momentum with three consecutive wins, this defeat will be a significant setback more for the manner and scoreline than the actual result itself. Rafa Benitez won’t be happy with how easily the defence was carved open, with only the catalogue of missed chances up front proving a greater source of frustration.

16. Fulham: 268 / 270 / +2

Total for 2018/19: -20

It’s only two games into Claudio Ranieri’s era, but a familiar philosophy is already starting to take shape. Fulham went to Stamford Bridge with two forwards and a direct style of play, moving from back to front quickly in the transition. Better quality in the final third is required, but the added steel in midfield and improvement in defence is evident. An error from Jean Michael Seri dealt them an early setback, but they showed plenty of character thereafter. Fulham suddenly have some fight about them.

Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri

17. Burnley: 273 / 269 / -4

Total for 2018/19: -20

It was only Palace, but Burnley’s performance made it seem like they were playing away to City. The hosts enjoyed 59 per cent of possession and Sean Dyche’s side could only muster two shots in reply to 29. They were fortunate to sneak away with only a 2-0 defeat and it seems like the only way is down for the Clarets.

18. Southampton: 254 / 260 / +6

Total for 2018/19: -10

Mark Hughes couldn’t quite believe his eyes when his side stormed to an early 2-0 lead against a stagnant United side. The hosts started with great energy and were good value for their two goals, but some poor defending saw their lead cancelled out just as quickly as it appeared. Credit to the Saints for holding United to pick up a valuable draw, but that’s 12 points they’ve lost from winning positions this term.

19. Huddersfield Town: 235 / 233 / -2

Total for 2018/19: +10

David Wagner was fuming at the final whistle after Steve Mounie’s red card. Huddersfield were well on top at home to Brighton prior to the sending off and ended up surrendering their 1-0 lead. They were still in the game with ten men, but were caught out by a quick corner that led to the away side’s equaliser. They sit just outside the relegation zone with 10 points after a recent upturn in form.

20. Cardiff City: 216 / 222 / +6

Total for 2018/19: +22

Cardiff move out of the bottom three with a third win in their last four home games, all of which they’ve come from behind for – proving there’s life yet in the Bluebirds. Wolves took an early lead, but the game was closely contested. Both sides had their chances and the hosts fought just that little bit harder, eventually winning thanks to sensational strike from Junior Hoilett.

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James Maddison urged to concentrate on improving and forget about England recall

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James Maddison has impressed since stepping up from the Championship.

Leicester boss Claude Puel has urged James Maddison to forget about an England recall for now.

The Foxes chief wants the 22-year-old to focus on his club football after a return to form against Watford. The midfielder scored a brilliant volley in Saturday’s 2-0 win – his first goal for over two months which came after he was sent off for diving at Brighton last weekend.

Maddison was called up for England’s Nations League games against Croatia and Spain in October but did not play and Puel is eager for his star to keep focused.

He said: “It’s not important for the moment. He needs to follow his way, follow his improvement.

“If he gets selected it would be good for him but selection or no selection wouldn’t change anything about his improvement and what he needs to continue to perform.

“He has a lot of improvement to make, he scored a great goal but I’m not surprised because he has all the quality to perform like this but to do this all the time he needs consistency.”

Puel – who compared Maddison to Glenn Hoddle – also believes his red card at Brighton, with his second yellow card coming for diving, has been a blessing in disguise.

“The sending off was a good thing for him, to take the right decision,” the Frenchman added. “He was very upset with himself and he’s a very intelligent player so when he plays with this attitude and the right mentality he is a fantastic player.

“Also he’s a young player, he needs to improve step-by-step. He has a lot of quality to perform at a high level but I want him to keep his focus with his team and we can work together.”

Maddison added to Jamie Vardy’s early penalty to lift Leicester to eighth in the Premier League while Watford had Etienne Capoue sent off late on for a challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho, though the Hornets will appeal.

Boss Javi Gracia said: “I saw the incident clearly because it was right in front of me. I would prefer to say nothing but Iheanacho said Capoue didn’t touch him. Yes, we will appeal. What happens doesn’t depend on me.”

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Arrests at north London derby as banana skin is hurled at Arsenal's Aubameyang

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Arsenal are struggling to keep up with north London rivals Spurs.

Arsenal moved above neighbours Tottenham and into the Premier League’s top four after winning an enthralling north London derby that was overshadowed by trouble in the stands.

The Gunners ran out 4-2 winners in a memorable meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with Metropolitan Police afterwards confirming there were seven arrests made.

It is understood one of those arrests came after a banana skin was hurled from the away end as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring an early penalty in front of the Tottenham fans.

“Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban,” a Tottenham spokesman said.

There were also six arrests for public order offences – at least two of which are believed to be Arsenal supporters who lit smoke canisters during the match.

Aubameyang had opened the scoring before an Eric Dier header and a Harry Kane spot-kick sent Spurs in ahead at half-time.

There was trouble in the north London derby, with one arrest believed to have been made after a banana skin was hurled from the away end as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored.

There was trouble in the north London derby, with one arrest believed to have been made after a banana skin was hurled from the away end as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored.

The Gabon forward went on to equalise, with Arsenal wrapping up the points through Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira strikes.

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, who had conceded the early penalty for handball, was sent off late on for a second yellow card to round off a forgettable afternoon for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The win sees Arsenal move fourth, ahead of Spurs on goal difference, with Unai Emery now focused on another testing examination away at Manchester United in midweek.

“Now I am thinking of the match on Wednesday in Manchester,” he said.

“It is a very big victory, we showed our supporters and we gave them the victory because it is a very special match against Tottenham, for us it is special also.

“But above all it is three points, like against Bournemouth. We are happy, we are enjoying, but shocked because Tottenham are on 30 points like us.”

The unrest was not restricted to the stands as the two sets of players had to be separated following Dier’s equaliser on a feisty afternoon in north London.

The England midfielder celebrated by putting his finger to his lips, with Arsenal substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner reacting angrily to the gesture and referee Mike Dean showing Dier a yellow card.

Arsenal moved above their rivals following a thrilling 4-2 win.

Arsenal moved above their rivals following a thrilling 4-2 win.

Pochettino ran down the touchline to help calm matters, with Dier afterwards defending his own actions in the incident.

“I had my back to it all so I’m not too sure what happened,” he said of the scuffle.

“But this is football. It’s a derby. football is all about emotion and I don’t understand how I can get a yellow card in that situation.

“It baffles me because if you take the emotion out of football you’re going to destroy the game for everyone.

“The ref said he gave me the yellow card because it was because of me that the whole thing started.

“If you watch it, we’re celebrating, I don’t leave the pitch at any point and some of their players that are on the bench come to us.

“Their players approached us. I don’t know what’s wrong with it. But it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t because of that we lost.”

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