Arsenal and Tottenham worst, West Ham rank highest

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West Ham are the Premier League's most improved team, but Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have disappointed.

A new season means a new start, but as teams are discovering already, it is not always for the better.

Arsenal rank as the Premier League side showing the biggest decline in terms of points through the first nine games, via research first conducted by SkySports.

The Gunners have dipped from 22 points to 14 through the first nine games of the season, winning three compared to seven a year earlier.

Tottenham have shown the second sharpest dip, eight points behind on the start made by Andre Villas-Boas team, winning three games rather than six.

2014/15

  WonDrawnLostGoalsGoals ConcededPoints
West Ham 5 1 3 17 12 16
Arsenal 3 5 1 15 11 14
Tottenham 3 2 4 11 13 11

2013/14

  WonDrawnLostGoalsGoals ConcededPoints
Arsenal 7 1 1 20 9 22
Tottenham Hotspur 6 1 2 9 5 19
West Ham United 2 3 4 8 8 9

The most improved side are West Ham United, who have almost doubled their previous season's points tally, and a key part of it has clearly been their attacking form.

While they have only lost one less game, the Hammers have turned the draws into wins, scoring 17 goals in comparison to only eight a year earlier across the same period.

Investment in strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia is paying off, while a year ago a similar fee spent on Andy Carroll bombed, with the forward struggling with injury.

Spurs and Arsenal are both eight points worse off than they were last season, while the Hammers are seven points to the good. Now the challenge is to keep it up.

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