Premier League player Power Rankings: Week 16

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With Liverpool the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League, plus Arsenal on a great run of form and the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham snapping away at the heels of Man City and Liverpool, there is a very good mixture of players in our top 20.

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A positive 10 days for Wolves and West Ham also sees their stars feature, as many players are now starting to become regulars as we are nearly halfway through the season.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 13
  2. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) –  Up 2
  3. Felipe Anderson (West Ham) – New entry
  4. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
  5. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Down 4
  6. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – New entry
  7. Fernandinho (Man City) – Up 1
  8. David Luiz (Chelsea) – New entry
  9. Ben Foster (Watford) – New entry
  10. Alisson (Liverpool) – New entry
  11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Down 2
  12. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Up 6
  13. Raheem Sterling (Man City –  Down 7
  14. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 2
  15. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – New entry
  16. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – Down 6
  17. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Down 6
  18. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – New entry
  19. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – New entry
  20. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – New entry

Torreira’s stunner edges Arsenal past Huddersfield

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  • Arsenal 21 games unbeaten in all competitions
  • Lucas Torreira scores in second-straight home game
  • Gunners momentarily up to fourth in table

Arsenal edged past a dogged Huddersfield side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, as Lucas Torreira’s late moment of magic won the game 1-0 for the Gunners.

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed chances in the first half, Torreira scored a sensational bicycle kick to grab the win as they extend their unbeaten run which began in August.

With the victory Arsenal move on to 32 points, while Huddersfield remain on 11 points.

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Early on it was an even contest as Arsenal had plenty of the ball but Huddersfield were lively on the break.

Aubameyang squandered a massive chance for the Gunners after a cross found him but the in-form strike prodded wide.

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After wonderful work from Matteo Guendouzi, the Arsenal midfielder squared the ball to Lacazette who was completely open but slipped as he hit his shot.

A lively first half saw plenty of tackles flying in as USMNT man Danny Williams

Lacazette then had the ball in the back of the net but was adjudged to be offside when the original ball is played. At the other end Alex Pritchard fired just over as the Terriers grew into the game.

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Pritchard went close again at the start of the second half as Huddersfield threatened. There was then a horrible moment for Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith who went down with what looked like a serious injury and was carried off the pitch.

Arsenal brought on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi at half time but neither could impact the game, as Aubameyang got his header all wrong as ie came off his shoulder.

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The winning goal arrived in the 83rd minute as Aubameyang did superbly to dink the ball to Torreira and the Uruguayan midfielder sent a stunning bicycle kick into the net to send the Emirates wild.

VIDEO: Arsenal’s Torreira scores amazing bicycle kick goal

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Arsenal huffed and puffed all game long against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and man of the moment Lucas Torreira delivered a spectacular goal late on.

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The stunning goal arrived in the 83rd minute as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did superbly to dink the ball to Torreira and the Uruguayan midfielder sent a stunning bicycle kick into the net to send the Emirates wild.

Watch Torreira’s amazing finish in the video above.

Report: Arsenal to part ways with Welbeck next summer

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Danny Welbeck may very well have played his last game with Arsenal.

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal is prepared to let Welbeck leave as a free agent this coming summer, with Welbeck’s contract coming to an end. The report states that the club isn’t planning on offering Welbeck a new contract.

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Welbeck is likely out for the rest of the season after suffering a gruesome ankle dislocation in November, having to be stretchered off the field and taken to a hospital for surgery during Arsenal’s home match against Sporting Lisbon. Welbeck had to undergo two operations on his injured ankle, making a return unlikely in the short term.

If this is the end of his stay at Arsenal, Welbeck leaves with just 16 Premier League goals in five seasons for the Gunners. After joining in 2014 from Manchester United, Welbeck stated he had hoped to play as the main striker. However, persistent injury problems dogged him while Olivier Giroud, and then Alexis Sanchez, served as the team’s main goal-scoring threats. In 2017, Alexandre Lacazette was brought in and six months later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also signed, leaving Welbeck further down the pecking order.

Despite his lack of goal production, Welbeck continued to get the call from Arsene Wenger as well as for the England National Team due to his willingness to track back and put in the hard work defensively, which could help other players shine. That quality may be missed for Arsenal in the future.

Merciless Arsenal pound Spurs

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  • Two penalties in first 34′
  • Dier nods in free kick
  • Spurs lead 2-1 at break
  • Torreira a force, scores late
  • Gunner out-attempt Spurs 22-10
  • Shots on target: Arsenal 7-6

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and Arsenal scored three-straight second half goals to bury rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette also scored in the North London Derby win, sending Arsenal into the Top Four ahead of Spurs and a point back of Chelsea.

Harry Kane and Eric Dier scored as Spurs took a 2-1 lead after Aubameyang’s opener, but Tottenham never looked comfortable

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Jan Vertonghen conceded a penalty when he punched a ball well above his head inside the Spurs box, and Aubameyang left little doubt with his low drive to the right of Hugo Lloris.

The concession spurred Spurs to life, with Heung-Min Son earning a corner with a close-range drive at Bernd Leno.

Spurs made a pair of goal mouth clearances, with Alex Iwobi‘s 19th minute low drive the better of the two.

Son forced Leno into a second save in the 23rd minute.

Spurs silenced the home crowd with a 30th minute equalizer, as Dier nodded a Christian Eriksen free kick inside the near post.

Dier’s “shush” celebration, finger to mouth, inspired Arsenal substitute Stephane Lichtsteiner started a bit of a skirmish by getting into

Moments later, Kane smashed home his penalty after Son was caught by a wayward Rob Holding challenge and went down very easily to help sell it for Dean. The incident happened at breakneck speed, and replays showed contact from Holding’s slide.

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Aubameyang equalized with a phenomenal bit of 56th minute skill, taking a flick from Aaron Ramsey off of a curling pass from Hector Bellerin.

The moment reinvigorated the uneven Gunners, and Shkrodan Mustafi and Lucas Torreira each just missed bids to restore Arsenal’s lead.

Lacazette then scored as a super sub in the 75th minute, a giveaway from Juan Foyth allowing Ramsey to set-up the Frenchman for a shot that took a turn off Dier on the way past Lloris. 3-2.

Torreira drove into the box to beat Lloris moments later, and Spurs were all but dead before Vertonghen collected his second yellow card.