It's all a little tight at the top of the Premier League this season and that's without Manchester United in the running.

A clear three-legged race has appeared between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City with consequences for the side that drops any points. Just two points separate first and third.

At the top of the table we can see Arsenal, who are one of only a few clubs that made only changes prior to the campaign, except for one big addition in the form of German maestro Mesut Ozil.

No doubt his influence has impacted spectacularly as Arsenal look to stay top of the pile.

A solid defense, conceding just 19 goals this season, and a strength-in-depth midfield are powering the Gunners toward such a feat but they are lacking in the striker department. With Theo Walcott out for the season, the burden falls heavily on Frenchman Olivier Giroud and the question is: Can he handle it?

Just a point behind are high scoring Manchester City, who brought in a whole host of talent as well as a vitally experienced manager in the form of Manuel Pellegrini.

It is he who brought in the prolific Spaniard Alvaro Negredo and reinstalled Edin Dzeko as a first team player.

Reaching 100 goals for the season in the fewest amount of games played shows just how influential Pellegrini has been to City. Despite having Sergio Aguero sidelined they've still managed plenty of goals throughout their squad.

Still in every competition during an already comfortable campaign under Pellegrini, do they have the ability to capture four out of four cups this season?

Keeping pace in the third, and just a mere two points behind top spot, are Chelsea.

With the return of 'The Happy One' and the red-hot form of young Belgian Eden Hazard, they are easily capable of winning a fourth title and giving Jose Mourinho the dream return to Stamford Bridge he's hoping for.

Strength in every position of the pitch, and ever increasing with signings like Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Nemanja Matic show that Chelsea are more than capable of keeping up with City's strength-in-depth approach.

Still in both the FA Cup and Champions League, could this prove to be a spectacular start back to life in London for Jose with the possibility of the treble as well?

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