With 11 games gone of the 2016/17 Premier League season it’s time to look at how Arsenal’s campaign is shaping up and who our closest rivals are going to be for the title.
Since losing to Liverpool on the opening weekend, Arsene Wenger’s men have gone undefeated in a run that stretches 16 games across the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup.
Seven wins and three draws have seen us register 24 points so far, which leaves us sitting level on points with third-placed Manchester City and just two adrift of leaders Liverpool, so we’re right in the mix.
We all know we missed a great opportunity to end our title drought last season and this campaign is going to be a lot more competitive but I still think we’ve got a great chance if we can keep key men fit.
Mesut Ozil has added goals to his game, Shkodran Mustafi has forged a superb partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the back while Alexis Sanchez could finally be the answer to our problems up front.
I have a really good feeling about this season but the title race is going to be one of the hardest fought for many a year. Here are three of our closest rivals:
Many bookmakers have Man City as favourites and it’s easy to understand why. Pep Guardiola has already stamped his mark at the Etihad and on their day, City are a match for any side not only in England but in Europe.
Like Arsenal, City have 24 points from their 11 games so far and they have a strong squad which should be able to cope with challenging in the league and in Europe so no doubt they’ll be right up there come the end of the season.
I think if they can sort their defence out, they will certainly be the team to beat and whoever finishes above City may very well be champions come May.
Best odds: 9/4
However, I wouldn’t discount Chelsea as the Blues have turned things around since we thrashed them 3-0 at the Emirates back in September. Antonio Conte has switched to a 3-4-3 formation and since then, they’ve looked formidable.
Five straight victories has seen the west Londoners climb up the table to second spot and what’s more impressive is they’ve not conceded a single goal during that run – which has included games against Man Utd, Leicester, Southampton and Everton.
With no European football to worry about, Chelsea can concentrate on the league and if Eden Hazard and Diego Costa stay fit, I think they’ll be serious contenders to reclaim the title.
Best odds: 3/1
The Merseysiders are a different side under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp and he’s got Liverpool playing an exciting brand of football which has led to 8 wins and 2 draws from their opening 11 games.
The Reds also have no European football to worry about so the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be fresh for their league games every weekend, and I think this will be a huge advantage for them.
While Liverpool are arguably the best team in the division going forward right now, their main problem is at the back so Klopp is going to have to sort their leaky defence if he wants to win the title.
Best odds: 5/2
You can never discount Man Utd, especially under Jose Mourinho, but I think these are our three biggest threats for the title this season. Bookmakers have Arsenal as the fourth favourites and you can get 6/1 on us lifting the title – which I think is pretty decent odds – but if you do have a flutter on the Gunners make sure to use these Ladbrokes offers as they will ensure your money goes further.
It’s gearing up to be an enthralling season. Let’s just hope we can steer clear of serious injuries, put a proper title challenge together and who knows, maybe Wenger will be able to bring the trophy to the Emirates for the first time.