Ex Gunner: City are arrogant, result vs United won't be good for title race

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Chelsea could run away with the advantage in the Premier League as Manchester City will be held by Manchester United, according to pundit.

The loss of David Silva could impact the Premier League landscape, according to Paul Merson, as the Englishman believes the Spanish midfielder's creativity will be a huge blow for Manchester City and could see them struggle to see off the threat of Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Should City be held to a draw, then they will continue to lose ground on high-flying Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho's Blues top the table at present and have a four point advantage over Southampton in second place, and have a six point gap on City in third.

"If you’d have asked me three weeks ago, I’d have straight away gone for Man City to win easily, but I wouldn’t say that now," explained former Arsenal star Paul Merson, a two-time title winner, for Sky Sports.

If City are to begin to close the gap, then they must alter the way they play, her asserts: "I don’t think you can turn form on and off like a tap and City are bordering on arrogance a bit now.

"They were strolling around against Newcastle thinking they just had to turn up and they lost that game and they were 2-0 up against CSKA and thought the job was done, only to draw 2-2."

He continued: "They thoroughly deserved to get beat by West Ham, David Silva is huge for them and he went off injured against Newcastle and so I reckon they will draw with Man United.

"That would be a good result for Man United – but not for the Premier League title race," Merson concluded.

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