Collymore: 'For me, that rules Arsenal out of the title race'

Stan Collymore has stated his belief Arsenal cannot win the Premier League title and Manchester City and Chelsea will fight it out.

Now we are in January and Arsenal still top the Premier League table, we had assumed the doubters over the Gunners capability to challenge for the title had largely changed their minds.

Michael Owen is one high profile pundit who has courted scorn, for maintaining his belief Arsene Wenger's men will even finish out side the top four.

Stan Collymore has become the latest to nail his colours to the mast, entirely dismissing the club from maintaining a title challenge down the stretch.

In his column for Bleacher Report UK, Collymore stated his belief Chelsea and Manchester City are the only two sides who are genuine title contenders.

His reasoning for this is based on squad depth and finances, but could be flawed.

He states: "Outside of Chelsea potentially making a big splash, I can't see any of the other Premier League top-four contenders throwing their money around.

"For me, that rules Arsenal out of the title race. Theo Walcott is injured, and the combination of Nicklas Bendtner, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski is simply not good enough to produce the firepower you need to win the Premier League."

Discounting the Gunners based on firepower however is misguided because they have got this far with what they have, and even now they have greater options than they have all season with the return of Podolski from injury.

It also doesn't take into account that while Arsene Wenger may not pull out a £30 million plus deal for a striker, he is still likely to bring in a new addition. 

His recent track record with signings suggests he will choose shrewdly and not waste his side's best title chance in a decade.

Collymore when discussing Arsenal's finances is being over-presumptuous at this point. This is a new confident version of the Gunners, buoyed by the signing of Mesut Ozil and his success, would be foolish to discount a big signing if their manager pushed for it.

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