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Premier League 2017/18: 5 Talking Points from gameweek 15

Sumedh Pande
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Arsenal v Manchester United - Premier League
Manchester United overcome Arsenal's challenge with swagger

With the top four sides winning their respective games in the Premier League, the standings did not change much over the weekend.

Manchester City maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table, with a gritty win over West Ham United, whereas Manchester United remained the leaders of the chasing pack with a resilient away performance against Arsenal, which resulted in a 3-1 win for the Red Devils

Liverpool and Chelsea eased wins in their respective games, whereas Tottenham Hotspur dropped points yet again. At the other half of the table, a defeat to Stoke City has led Swansea to the brink of the pile, whereas Everton are up to tenth in the table with two consecutive wins in a week.

With the season closing in on it's busiest of periods, let's take a look at the 5 talking points from gameweek 15 of the Premier League: 

#5 Paul Clement is on the brink of losing his job 

Stoke City v Swansea City - Premier League
Bookmakers' favourite to get the sack next

Taking a lead through Wilfried Bony in the third minute, Swansea City were looking to change their fortunes of late against fellow strugglers, Stoke City at the Bet365 stadium. But the levels of inconsistency and the crumbling under pressure which has ailed the Swans this season returned to the fore soon after. 

Their defence made Peter Crouch feel and play like Harry Kane, whereas Xherdan Shaqiri was a notch above the others on the field. The players do not seem to fight for the cause at hand, which has now taken the Welsh side below Crystal Palace in the standings.

There's only one casualty that happens when you're on such a bad run and that is the manager's head. 

Paul Clement has lost six of his last seven games with his side's last win coming against Huddersfield Town in October. The former Real Madrid assistant manager seems to have lost the plot, and the club hierarchy is reportedly looking to relieve Clement off his duties, if the Swans do not get all three points in a must-win clash against West Bromwich Albion, next Saturday. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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