Some teams have simply failed to live up to expectations in the 2012/13 Premier League season.
Here are the top five teams who have endured mediocre results and have failed to impress.
The Gunners are on the verge on letting another season drift by without a trophy.
They have had their moments in the league, but there are not many matches worth remembering for the right reasons. They have made some slip-ups in defence and haven’t managed to get any higher than 4th this season.
Arsenal are one of the best teams in Europe on their day, so to see them in a position where they are fighting for a European spot, is somewhat disappointing and has led to some fans turning on long-serving manager, Arsene Wenger.
Let’s face it, Liverpool have been below par for the last couple of seasons now. A few years back, the 'top four' clubs in England included Liverpool, but not anymore.
They have a lot of history in European competitions, so to see them go through many rough patches this season is quite surprising, although there are signs under Brendan Rodgers that the Anfield giants are on a mini-revival.
3. Aston Villa
It’s fair to say that Villa are not the strongest of sides, however they are still a top team in England and have some top quality young players.
Aston Villa have spent 101 seasons in the top flight of English football, so what are they doing in the relegation zone this season?
We saw signs last year that Villa were struggling, but nobody expected them to be in the midst of a relegation dogfight, especially after luring the sought-after former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert to Villa Park.
Even before they re-united the French international team, Newcastle were a strong Premier League outfit.
Alan Pardew has got the very best out of his players, and has proven that he is the perfect match for the club. The current position they sit in is a fairly decent position, however, after a top five finish last season, it makes their current league standing look poor in comparison.
Although the St. James' Park outfit will continue to go from strength to strength after a handful of January additions, seeing the side flirt with relegation can be considered a disappointment.
Where to start with the disaster that is QPR?
The west London side hung in last season to preserve their top-flight status, but only just. This called for some big-name additions in the summer, added to yet further in the January transfer window.
With Harry Redknapp as manager, Julio Cesar, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Park Ji-Sung and Loic Remy all added to the ranks at Loftus Road, you'd have thought QPR would be sitting pretty in mid-table?
Well things haven't gone to plan, and quite frankly this season has been a disaster. Propping up the rest of the division in 20th place, QPR seem destined for a return to the Championship, unless a miracle of monumental proportions occurs.
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