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Arsenal have risen as Manchester United have fallen

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Why do we love football? Because t's unpredictable. It's forever changing, nothing is pre-determined. This weekend in the Premier League proves all of the above.

Manchester United are a club that splits opinion. After what could've been a fruitful weekend for the champions, they failed to take advantage of dropped points by Liverpool, Everton and Southampton and move to fourth in the table.

One of the biggest problems for David Moyes is that he can't win. He's in an impossible position. After the supreme reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, every decision and every mistake will be compared to the former United manager.

Many will claim after their 2-2 draw with Cardiff on Sunday that United teams of old would've seen out the game at 2-1. For whatever reason one may give for United's demise, it's clear that the squad they have simply isn't good enough to compete at the top of Premier League for the time being. 

Looking at the midfield who played against Cardiff, it just doesn't work. Although injuries did play a part in selection, the midfield has undoubtedly been the weakest point of United's team for numerous years now. 

Going south of Manchester to London, we have Arsenal. They've been critically acclaimed as the Premier League 'chokers,' in recent years, but their performance against Southampton showed signs that they can finally rid of that label. 

The physicality of Arsenal has always been in question. They were seen a few years ago as frail and weak, but Arsene Wenger's young guns have finally grown up and can now hold their own in the Premier League.

Playing against the likes of Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin is always going to be a competitive battle and the likes of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey fought through it to secure three vital points on Saturday. 

Arsenal's form so far this season should be worrying to other teams, especially as Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have been out of form in recent weeks. With players such as Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski all returning sooner rather then later, Arsenal could stay at the top of the table for a long time. 

With such a young crop of exciting talent and experienced players there to guide them, if Arsenal can win a trophy this season, it could lead to an avalanche.

With United failing to grind out results and Arsenal doing the opposite, is this just a temporary change, or has Rome fallen and the Byzantium empire risen?

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