PICTURE: Who fares best in the top-eight mini-table? United WORST

There are surprises in the Premier League if it was decided out of current top 8 teams: Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs feature.

One of the criticisms that has dogged Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side early this season was that his Gunners were only accumulating points against teams they should be defeating and that their Premier League title chances could only be judged once they had competed against the elite of the division.

The mini-table below forgets the ranking of the 20-team Premier League division and bases it's placements on how each top-eight club fares against another.

Arsenal are in a commendable third place, having returned three wins and two draws for 11 points from seven matches, however, what may concern Wenger is that they have scored as many as they have conceded - eight.

Unsurprisingly, the mini-table's top scorers are City, with an almighty 26 goal haul, conceding eight - like Arsenal - but bragging a positive goal difference of 18. City have also only lost once, an away encounter against Chelsea, suffered in late October, meaning they top the league, six points ahead of second-ranked Everton.

The sorriest reading comes from Manchester United, whose only positive was an Old Trafford victory over Arsenal but, worryingly, they have scored three fewer goals than they have played, have conceded 11 goals and amassed just five points from a possible 24 as they have played one more game than City, Everton, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Where is your team placed? What do you think is the biggest surprise in the mini-table? Let us know in the comment section below…

 Manchester City  7  6  0  1  26  8  18  18
 Everton  7  3  3  1  10  9  1  12
 Arsenal  7  3  2  2  8  8  0  11
 Newcastle United  7  3  1  3  8 10  -2  10
 Chelsea  7  2  3  2  5  6  -1  9
 Liverpool  7  2  2  3  13  11  2  8
 Tottenham Hotspur  8  1  3  4  5  17  -12  6
 Manchester United  8  1  2  5  5  11  -6  5

Data courtesy of Opta Joe.

image: © geetarchurchy

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