Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool stars dubbed 'Losers of the season so far' by German press

Stars of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have been dubbed 'losers' in Germany. Is it fair or too soon?

The season has barely started, but already it is clear to see players and clubs who have had an unsatisfactory start to the season.

In England, only one of the clubs which finished in the top seven last season notched a win at the weekend, Arsenal, sandwiched in between two cup defeats.

German magazine SportBILD has picked through the unpredictable 2014/15 campaign's early offerings, and listed X 'losers'. Here is a list of those they have picked out from the Premier League, with those selected either unfortunate or unlucky...

Luke Shaw

Signed for £30 million, Luke Shaw is yet to make a competitive appearance for Manchester United since injuring himself in pre-season. Caught up in a war of words between Roy Hodgson and Louis van Gaal over his fitness, Shaw is under pressure before he has even begun, and it's not really his fault either. He aims to make his debut this weekend and start doing his talking on the pitch.

Filipe Luis

Chelsea paid £16 million to sign Filipe Luis in the summer, but so far he has played only one Premier League game, as a substitute. The Brazilian will be needed over the course of the campaign, and he can't argue with Chelsea's unbeaten start without him, but he must be disappointed at a lack of game time early on.

Lukas Podolski

The Germans have turned on their own, picking out World Cup winner Lukas Podolski as one of those who must improve. The forward has barely been used, and when he was started against Southampton in midweek he looked disinterested.

Petr Cech

Chelsea's Petr Cech has lost his place in the starting line-up at the club to Thiabut Courtois, and does not look to be winning it back any time soon. The goalkeeper is facing up to life as a back-up, and could even look to move on in January. While he will understand Jose Mourinho's position, he will certainly be disappointed.

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert was Liverpool's first summer signing, but has been the last to secure a start at the club, only doing so in the Capital One Cup tie with Middlesbrough. He did not score in the contest, and is even at risk of Fabio Borini ovetaking him as the club's third choice striker behind Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli. 

Kolo Toure

Liverpool's signing of Dejan Lovren has only served to push Kolo Toure further down the pecking order, with the 33-year-old Ivorian making only one appearance this season. Like Lambert that came in the Capital One Cup, with his defence conceding two to the Championship side.

Marouane Fellaini

Another United player on the list, and like Shaw, Fellaini may feel himself unlucky to be on the list. He had just one substitute appearance before picking up an injury, but even now he has returned to training, his place in the side is far from guaranteed, owing to a poor season last year.

Also listed: Xavi, Thomas Vermaelen, Shkodran Mustafi, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Tiago, Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Jan Oblak.

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