After another frenetic week of Premier League action, the race for the title remains wide-open, with entertainment value at an all-time high.
Arsenal are still sitting pretty at the top, but many have been cautious to back a side that has so often faded into the distance at the ‘business end’ of the season.
The Gunners current form is built on solid foundations, and their impressive defensive performances - combined with the flare and style that we have grown to expect from Arsenal - are what seem to have set them apart from the rest this season.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal can push on from their impressive start and maintain a title challenge that doesn’t peter out in February and March.
This week saw Manchester United suffer back-to-back league defeats at Old Trafford for the first time since 2002, and the invincibility that Sir Alex Ferguson brought to the ranks at United seems to have dissipated.
The Champions are now 13 points behind leaders Arsenal and their hopes of retaining the title that they won by 11 points last season are rapidly diminishing.
Despite United falling well short of the heady heights set by Sir Alex, it would foolish to write them out of the title race, especially in the current Premier League season which has shown that anyone can beat anyone else.
Manchester City and Chelsea remain Premier League title favourites, but neither are firing on all cylinders and both currently lack the consistency required to win the league.
City’s home form has been immensely impressive, but their away form has been more than suspect and does not make for title winning material.
If Manuel Pellegrini can sort out his side’s poor away form, his side will surely be challenging for the title come the end of the season.
Chelsea are lacking a prolific striker and are perhaps too reliant on their host of talented attacking midfielders to provide the vital goals needed to sustain a real title challenge. Jose Mourinho will surely be looking to strengthen up-front in January.
That said, Chelsea have great strength and depth in their squad and with Mourinho at the helm, they have a manager who knows what it takes to win the Premier League and one who will ensure that he gets the best out of his players.
Liverpool and Everton are both having equally impressive seasons, with the Reds in free-scoring form and the Blues unbeaten at Goodison Park in 2013.
Roberto Martinez has seemingly lifted Everton to the next level, and his smart summer signings of Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry, Gerard Deulofeu and James McCarthy are all working wonders alongside the likes of Ross Barkley, who is mounting a serious challenge to make the England squad for Brazil in 2014.
Realistically though, Martinez will be fighting for a Champions League place and that in itself would be an impressive achievement.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is in scintillating form, scoring 14 goals in 10 games, and with someone as clinical as Suarez in the ranks, you always have a chance.
Despite the Suarez factor, injuries to Daniel Sturrige and Steven Gerrard have highlighted the lack of depth in the Liverpool squad and Brendan Rodgers’ side seem to lack the legs to go all the way to the title.
This season’s hugely entertaining Premier League is showing all the early indications that it could go right down to the wire, and with December fixtures coming thick and fast, it is an excellent chance for the top teams to begin to show their true title credentials.
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