The Premier League in years gone by has often been labelled dull due to its predictability and the fact the same teams seem to finish in the top four places year after year.
Well this season it has been anything but dull, with so many surprises happening on a weekly basis it is almost unrealistic to consider what the table currently looks like at present.
Chelsea, the pre-season title favourites, are occupying 16th position with their latest defeat to Leicester City being their ninth league loss already – six more than in the entire previous campaign.
The Foxes, who were most pundits’ tip for the drop ahead of the season, are top of the table having won 10 games already and suffering just one defeat.
Crystal Palace and Watford are sixth and seventh respectively, Liverpool are ninth and Aston Villa are rooted to the bottom with just one win to their name, an opening day success at Bournemouth.
Manchester United are fourth, and their current points tally of 29 from 16 equates to only 69 points over a 38-game campaign – a tally that would have only seen them finish 6th in the 2012/13 campaign.
1 - Arsenal are the only team to beat Leicester in the PL this season & one of only two teams (+ Villa) to lose to Chelsea by 2+ goals. Odd.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 14, 2015
The Premier League has been nothing short of bizarre this season, and two Arsenal results sum it up perfectly as Opta Stats illustrate an interesting fact.
Table-toppers Leicester have only lost one game this season, being downed 5-2 by Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in a match where Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez rediscovered his top form.
The Gunners have been excellent at times, demonstrated clearly during their clash with Leicester, but they have also been poor on other occasions such as their Stamford Bridge showing.
Amid Chelsea’s disastrous campaign, they still managed to comfortably see off Arsenal 2-0 – one of only two occasions the Blues have won by two or more goals this season.
Arsene Wenger’s side have been frustratingly inconsistent at times this season, yet considering they are not the only team to suffer from this means they are still very much in the title race.