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Premier League "long table": your side's TRUE place in the league

Southampton 3-2 Arsenal

The league table is a list, but the Long Table shows you how close teams are

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A bad weekend indeed for Arsenal, who welcomed back Laurent Koscielny in the only way they know – with pitiful defeat at joint-bottom Southampton. There's nothing like home comforts.

Just as Unai Emery's side looked to be mounting a serious assault on the top four, their fine work so far has taken a huge dent after weekend wins for both Tottenham and Chelsea, coupled with their failure to kill off Manchester United a fortnight ago. As the Long Table shows, the climb to Spurs – the side they mullered convincingly mere weeks back – is looking increasingly daunting. 

The oceanic gap between the Gunners and Manchester United is still just as wide, but in truth, Jose Mourinho's side are looking down rather than up right now. Wolves have closed within a point of the Red Devils after beating fellow Europa League hopefuls Bournemouth on Saturday, while West Ham and Watford were both buoyed by victories. 

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One win in six means Leicester have been anchored glumly in lower-mid-table for some time now, and are gradually being overtaken by their Euro-chasing neighbours. If he isn't already, Claude Puel may soon be feeling the strain. 

At the wrong end, Huddersfield, Fulham and Burnley have each lost ground after their respective defeats were compounded by vital victories for Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Troublingly for them, the gap between the top (formerly Cardiff, now Newcastle) and bottom (Fulham) sides in that mini-league has now been extended from five to seven points. It's three winnable fixtures for the Cottagers up next – Newcastle (a), Wolves (h), Huddersfield (h) – so over to you, Claudio...

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