We learnt from EPL last week­end

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He did it again on Satur­day and what fol­lowed was two goals from Divock Origi and James Mil­ner. Klopp may have just found his gamechanger. Arse­nal need their bal­ance back as Ram­sey causes a prob­lem Arse­nal fi­nally got back to win­ning ways with a 3-1 vic­tory over Bournemouth, but they are still yet to find a bal­ance in mid­field that they lack when­ever Santi Ca­zorla is out of the side.

On Sun­day, Arsene Wenger de­ployed Granit Xhaka and Mo­hamed El­neny, with Aaron Ram­sey left on the bench un­til the 75th minute.

Ram­sey only per­forms at his best in the No. 10 role. Un­for­tu­nately for the Welsh­man, Me­sut Ozil has that shirt, mean­ing Ram­sey has to fill in on the right where his tal­ents are hin­dered by his de­fen­sive du­ties.

Xhaka is able to pro­vide the de­fen­sive side of the game and also has an eye for a pass, but he can­not un­lock de­fences like Ca­zorla is able to. The prob­lem is that the man most able to re­place Ca­zorla was sat in the stands at the Emi­rates, with Jack Wil­shere in­el­i­gi­ble for Bournemouth due to the terms of his loan deal from Arse­nal. Burn­ley aren’t as safe as they look This time last week, Burn­ley were eye­ing the chance to move level on points with Manchester United, only to suf­fer a com­pre­hen­sive 4-0 de­feat by West Bromwich Al­bion. This week­end, they suf­fered a nar­row 2-1 loss to Manchester City, but while the op­po­si­tion was much tougher this time around, the per­for­mance was ar­guably worse than that at the Hawthorns.

Burn­ley look like they have pre­pared much bet­ter this time around for the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe by any stretch. As the cam­paign turns to­wards the fes­tive pe­riod and the half­way mark, they sit just one win above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Tot­ten­ham out of Cham­pi­ons League, out of Cup and out of ti­tle race With their un­beaten start no longer ap­pli­ca­ble, Tot­ten­ham’s sea­son looks rather unim­pres­sive af­ter the 2-1 de­feat by Chelsea. Spurs’s Stam­ford Bridge hoodoo is well doc­u­mented, with their last vic­tory there com­ing in Fe­bru­ary 1990, but while the week­end re­sult was al­most to be ex­pected, there have still been too many fail­ures this year for a side as­pir­ing to chal­lenge for the ti­tle.

De­feat in Monaco elim­i­nated them from the Cham­pi­ons League, while Liver­pool have al­ready dumped them out of the EFL Cup. With one win from their last 10 matches and as many draws in the league as vic­to­ries (six), Spurs need a dra­matic up­turn in form if they are to make the top four bat­tle, let alone the ti­tle run­ning. Southamp­ton ruin Koe­man’s re­turn There were hand­shakes all round from the Southamp­ton play­ers for their for­mer head coach Ron­ald Koe­man, but by the end there was no smile to be found on the Dutch­man’s face.

A Char­lie Austin goal 41 sec­onds into the match was enough to add mis­ery to Ever­ton’s quickly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing sea­son, which af­ter an im­pres­sive start has un­rav­elled with just one win in eight matches.

Koe­man’s ar­rival at Good­i­son Park was well re­ceived by those in Mersey­side, but rather less so by the fans that spent two years cheer­ing him on at St Mary’s.

The vic­tory though now lifts Southamp­ton to within two points of Ever­ton, and you get the feel­ing that it will be the Saints who are smil­ing come the end of the cam­paign.

– The In­de­pen­dent

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Southamp­ton’s English striker Char­lie Austin (cen­ter) heads in the open­ing goal in the first minute of the English Premier League match against Ever­ton at St Mary’s Sta­dium on Sun­day. –

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Liver­pool’s new gamechanger Divock Origi is con­grat­u­lated by man­ager Jur­gen Klopp. –

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