10 Things We Learned from the Premier League: Week 9 of the 2023/24 Season

At the moment, five teams are within one win of the top spot in the Premier League, including leaders Manchester City, as the race for the top four promises huge drama in the coming months of this season.

Arsenal returned to draw with Chelsea and grabbed a share of the points lead, while Liverpool won the Merseyside derby, and Villa crushed West Ham to fill the throne.

There is one more game to go, and it could see another change at the top, as Tottenham Hotspur looks to return to the summit when the frustrated Fulham visits North London on Monday (watch live at 3:00 pm Eastern Time on USA Network and stream online at NBCSports.com).

At the bottom of the table? At the moment, the newcomers look too predictable, although Luton Town continues to show potential, while Bournemouth falters, and Everton stumbles again.

Our authors Joe Prince-Wright, Nick Mendola, and Andy Edwards delved into the analysis of the nine games played at the return of the Premier League after the international break.

Goalkeepers Struggle as Arsenal Tries to Stun Chelsea Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal

Both Robert Sanchez and David Raya had to forget their games. Spanish goalkeepers were chosen to distribute, but Sanchez had a few tricky moments, and he made an unsuccessful pass to Declan Rice's goal, allowing Arsenal to get back in the game. Raya was shaky throughout, and he was beaten from long range by Luka Modric. Sanchez is considered a temporary solution for Chelsea, and Raya should be an upgrade from Aaron Ramsdale. It seems Arsenal may soon return to Aaron Ramsdale as their primary goalkeeper, while Chelsea may be in search of a new goalkeeper in January, and David De Gea is likely to get a call. Overall, Arsenal's resistance was impressive, as Mikel Arteta made bold substitutions, and they paid off. On the other hand, Chelsea became much worse when Mauricio Pochettino brought on his substitutes, and their purposeful and resolute play seemed to unravel due to the number of newcomers on the field. They have many injuries, so it's logical. Arsenal will feel it was a win as Chelsea let them off the hook. - Joe Prince-Wright

"Not perfect, but necessary" for Manchester United Sheffield United 1-2 Manchester United

That's what Harry Maguire said after receiving the Man of the Match award for another subpar performance overall. It was a tough day for Manchester United even before the game began, as the football world focused on the passing of legendary England and United star Sir Bobby Charlton, but that can't explain yet another disjointed performance. Manchester United is not as good as the sum of its parts right now, but Erik ten Hag's charges can still see the top four. It's remarkably close. And the manager will have to make sure these players look forward because what's behind them is pretty muddy. Manchester United is at the bottom of their Champions League group and midweek faces third-placed Copenhagen. Anything less than a strong showing could put the Premier League club in a terrible spot as Manchester City comes to Old Trafford next weekend. - Nick Mendola

Liverpool Got a Little Lucky Liverpool 2-0 Everton

It wasn't a classic Liverpool, but they got the job done. Ashley Young, undoubtedly, should have been sent off, but Everton defended very well, and they were unlucky with the penalty awarded against them. It was a penalty, but Michael Keane didn't move his hand towards the ball. Liverpool struggled, as is often the case in the early games Jurgen Klopp despises, though they eventually won. But Everton was unhappy that Liverpool didn't go down to 10 men, and rightly so. Ibrahima Konate should have received a second yellow card for a foul on Beto; he was on the break and was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but didn't make it. Everton wanted stability. They didn't get it. Sean Dyche was furious as the non-red card decision proved pivotal in the game. Liverpool got lucky that they didn't go down to 10 men and didn't level the score. If that had happened, Everton likely would have held on for a point. - Joe Prince-Wright