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GAME WEEK SEVEN: Who are the 17 most important players heading into the next round of Premier League fixtures?

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Chelsea got their season back on track last weekend with an important, controversial win over rivals Arsenal.

The Blues ended their winless run and with Manchester City losing to West Ham at the Etihad, closed the gap to the top of the table to a much less daunting eight points.

Jose Mourinho's team this week travel to an awful, winless Newcastle team who followed last week's defeat to Watford with a Capital One Cup loss to Championship Sheffield Wednesday.

Arsenal travel to high-flying Leicester City, who pulled off another remarkable comeback at Leicester, while Manchester United should expect a relatively easy afternoon against Sunderland.


We all know who the best players are but defining those with the power to shape events in the Premier League is not so simple - so we've created The Independent's Premier League Power Rankings.

Ahead of every round of fixtures in the top-flight our team of experts get together to define the 17 players who hold the power.

Rather than being based on who the best or most talented footballers are, it's defined by current form, league position, next fixture and any other factors which could influence events.

Players move up and down the rankings, battling to be number one. Some will drop out and new entries will emerge. You might not agree (in which case let us know why) - but that's half the fun.

Three weeks into the season there are already some trends developing and we've seen some major changes in the players picked.

These are the 17 most important players in the Premier League right now...

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Week 5
Week 6

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.