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Is this Arsenal’s year? Can Jurgen Klopp bring Liverpool back to the Champions League? What is wrong with Chelsea? These are just a few of the questions running through the minds of Premier League fans after Matchday 11, where fans were treated to a bevy of dramatic score lines as the table starts to take shape.
United can’t seem to manufacture a single goal, while Arsenal can’t stop scoring. City and Tottenham continue to roll, while Chelsea can’t muster a win. Both Liverpool clubs combined for nine total goals. In a wacky weekend of EPL action, here are the three players that shone through the most.
Philippe Coutinho, Attacking Midfielder, Liverpool F.C.
The young Brazilian struggled under Brendan Rodgers during his two years at Anfield, though many fans have pegged Coutinho as a breakout candidate under new manager Jurgen Klopp. Coutinho grabbed two goals against Chelsea, as the Reds won 3-1, a massive win on their crusade toward a return to the Champions League.
The world-class managerial quality that Klopp has brought to Anfield in just a few short weeks is evident, and many fans think their team could challenge for a top-four spot with the German at the helm. Nowhere is the improvement more evident than with Coutinho, who has appeared confident, collected, and up to the challenge of restoring Liverpool to glory in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ departure.
If Liverpool is going to make noise this season, Coutinho will undoubtedly be the key, as he serves as the engine through which the entire Liverpool attack runs. With Klopp behind him, Coutinho should continue to shine.
Mesut Ozil, Midfielder, Arsenal
After years of ridicule from other English clubs about their inability to win trophies, it seems that this could finally be Arsenal’s year. The Gunners are tied with Man City for points at the top of the table, trailing only on goal differential. While the play of Arsene Wenger’s men has been largely a team effort, no one has been more important to their improvement in play than Ozil.
Ozil added yet another phenomenal performance to his Arsenal resume against Swansea, where he served as the conduit for his teammates, propelling his team toward goal and victory. Ozil secured two assists against the Swans, bringing his total to nine on the season, despite playing just 11 games.
With Ozil seemingly able to pick out any pass on the field, Arsenal have been much more fluid this season, reminiscent of their play in the second half of last season. With rival Tottenham coming up on the weekend, Gunners fans will hope Arsenal can continue this fantastic run of play.
Arouna Kone, Striker, Everton
It seems the Toffees are finally figuring out how to win this season after a Kone hat trick propelled them to a 6-2 victory over Sunderland. While the Black Cats are hardly title contenders, and could end up in the Championship by the end of the season, beating any Premier League team by four takes quite a bit of talent, and Everton showed it on the weekend.
The hero of the game for the Toffees was unquestionably Kone, the 31-year old Ivorian striker who has captured the hearts of Everton fans worldwide with his spectacular with fellow striker Romelu Lukaku.
Kone and Lukaku have combined for 11 of Everton’s 19 goals in the Premier League this season, and Toffees fans could not be happier watching this duo blossom into a goal scoring pair Everton fans haven’t seen in quite some time. With surprising West Ham coming up, Everton fans are hopeful they can dethrone the Hammers.