Stan Collymore thinks last weekend’s results could spark a battle at the top of the table between Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Collymore still sees City as the favourites, but thinks United are starting to look like challengers again. He even opened up the possibility of the London clubs getting involved.
The former Liverpool striker told the Mirror: “United were as free-scoring as any side at the start of the season but have been playing with the brakes on since French international Pogba got injured.
“With him back against the Toon, they looked rejuvenated. And by Christmas, when Pogba and Zlatan should really be back in the groove, the title race may have an altogether different complexion.
“Indeed, if Chelsea and Arsenal can build on their results from the weekend then we might even have the makings of a dogfight at the top of the Premier League table.
“I’m not saying any of them are going to leapfrog City but at least they might make things a bit more competitive than they promise to be right now.”
City have been completely dominant up to this stage, but one team running away with the Premier League title doesn’t make for a particularly entertaining campaign, so it’s not surprising to see pundits try and bring other teams into the picture.
It’s just a bit of a shock to see Arsenal mentioned. The Gunners have been roundly dismissed in any title discussions for most of the season so far, even struggling to make it into most top-four predictions from fans on social media.
Clearly the win against Spurs at the weekend has made some people rethink their view of Arsène Wenger’s side. The next couple of months could be pivotal for the team.
There are no away matches against the big-six, so no excuses for the Gunners not to try and get a run going. The big matches against United and Liverpool at home should be the defining factor in where Arsenal end up at Christmas.
Win those and the top-four picture looks a lot more rosy. Although, at this stage it’s probably too optimistic to say City could be caught, even then.