Few thought Arsenal still had a chance at the title heading into Saturday, but their loss to Chelsea ends whatever hope they may have had. Now they're 12 points back. As if that's not enough, they also have the Champions League to deal with, which Chelsea don't. Oh, and Chelsea are just better than them. So yeah, you can write the Gunners out of the title chase.
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No Payet, no problem
West Ham haven't missed Dimitri Payet much. They won plenty when he was benched and now that he's been sold to Marseille, they're still winning. On Saturday, it was a 3-1 victory at Southampton as the Hammers attack devastated the Saints. Payet is undoubtedly brilliant, but West Ham don't need him one bit.
Bournemouth are coming apart
It's been seven matches since Bournemouth last won, a run that has included losses to Hull, Crystal Palace and Millwall. On Saturday, it was a 6-3 loss to Everton as Romelu Lukaku put four in. And while it's easy to say Lukaku was just too good -- he was -- the Cherries also have to figure things out because suddenly they're only six points above the drop zone.
West Brom are still churning out wins
West Brom didn't look especially good. After all, they scored in the sixth minute and never again. But they came away with yet another win and they're not just in eighth place -- they're six points off of Manchester United for sixth. Now, they probably won't catch the Red Devils or even come close, but what Tony Pulis is doing with the Baggies is spectacular, even if it's not exactly pretty.
The Sunderland Jermaine Defoes
Sunderland are still at the bottom of the table, but they're creeping closer to safety, now just two points away after thumping Crystal Palace, 4-0. If they do manage to stay up, Jermain Defoe better get a giant bonus because he scored two more on Saturday and is essentially the team's entire attack. Hell, he might be the entire team.
Hull are ... not bad?
When Marco Silva was hired to turn Hull City around, popular thinking was that it was a waste of time. Hull couldn't be saved. But after drawing Manchester United away, the Tigers beat Liverpool on Saturday. It's not just that they're getting results either. They're legitimately playing well. They're organized and downright competent. Hull may still be in the relegation zone, but they're starting to put things together and just may stay up thanks to Silva.
Middlesbrough forgot that Son Heung-min is good
If you peeked in occasionally at Tottenham/Sunderland, you probably saw Son Heung-min running at Calum Chambers because that's what a bulk of the match was. Somehow, Boro thought it was smart to leave Chambers 1v1 on Son all match long and they paid for it. Not only did Son draw the penalty that won Tottenham the match, but Spurs probably should have won by three or four goals and largely because of him. Incredibly, Boro never adjusted to give Chambers some help. They deserved to lose for that alone.
Troy Deeney is back?
Troy Deeney was a huge part of Watford's excellent campaign last season, but he's struggled some this season. Despite that, the Hornets have been very good anyway and on Saturday, Deeney got back on the scoresheet. If they can add an in-form Deeney to an already good team, Watford could be very dangerous.