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.