Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer was again giving his two cents on the current title race and remarked that it could be a Arsenal and Man City race to the title this season, but the question is where is Chelsea in this theoretical future?
Regarding Arsenal's recent run of form, the former England arm wielding striker said:
“They’ve found the perfect response to losing at Old Trafford and thought we’ll learn more about their credentials in the run up to Christmas, for now they deserve to be considered the biggest threat to City.”
I have had to since wipe my eyes and revert back to the league table, but I was correct in my understanding the Arsenal should consider their biggest threat for the title [at this present moment in time] as Chelsea.
The top 3 in particular have started to find some kind of rhythm with their play and it's unsurprising that these are currently considered the favourites.
Arsenal have based a lot of their impressive results on keeping clean sheets, with just one goal conceded in the whole calendar month of November, despite playing against some of the best strikers in the world - it just goes to show how impressive they are at the back.
In midfield they have an unbelievable amount of quality, and the tremendous form of Aaron Ramsey has really given them the edge in this department. Upfront they're far from comfortable but do possess one of the leagues best on his day, looking past Giroud though - there is very little.
Manchester City are currently the headline team, no question about that - having scored on average 5 goals a game in their past 5 home games, they certainly do possess a lot of quality upfront.
In midfield, they're strong, much like Arsenal. The strength in depth is another huge plus the mega-rich Manchester club has at it's disposal, but have found themselves unstuck at the back and dearly missing their captain and defensive lynchpin Vincent Kompany.
Chelsea have the best manager in the league, they possess a good strength in depth in all departments - although upfront they may not be spectacular, it's not often a side in the division can let out on loan a player of Lukaku's ability. Whether that was through choice, or the player... or a fall-out it all remains a bit in the air.
In defence they're solid, and in midfield there is very little to pick between the top 3 sides. Chelsea probably boast the best strength in depth in this area out of the 3 sides, but there has been questions over some players form regarding these positions.
I personally cannot understand the snub to Chelsea, or why they're not currently considered with the top two contenders - The league standings show it's Manchester City with the point to prove, not Chelsea.
The Newcastle striker said before the season that Chelsea would win the title, so why the change of mind?
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