Many experts tipped Leicester to go down upon Claudio Ranieri’s appointment, yet the Italian coach has kept things simple at the King Power Stadium and superb results have ensued.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, Savage questions whether things could get much better for his former side as he labels their situation the biggest feel-good factor in years.
“Leicester: Unbelievable, the biggest feel-good story in the Premier League for ages. They started 2015 bottom of the table and they are ending it at the top, possibly even first,” Savage wrote.
“If they strengthen in January, a top-four finish is within their grasp. Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Ranieri go to the top of the class.” Grade: A++
Vardy and Mahrez have 26 goals combined, with the latter notching seven assist. However, arguably the Premier League’s best player on current form is in fact Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
The German international has been superb for the Gunners in recent weeks, helping them overcome their mounting injuries with a number of excellent performances.
Arsenal have a team to really challenge for the title this season, and Savage feels an addition or two in January will give Arsene Wenger’s side a big boost following a decent start to the campaign.
Savage added: “Arsenal: Despite some rotten luck with injuries, opportunity still knocks for Arsene Wenger to win his first title in 12 years — if he is bold enough to add a couple of signings in key areas during the January transfer window. And in Europe, it was a great escape against Olympiakos.” Grade: A
Arsenal’s current injury list now stands at seven – Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla the big absences ahead of the festive period and Monday’s encounter with Manchester City.
If both Leicester and Arsenal get through the festive period still in the top two spots, there is no reason to believe either club will fall away in what is widely regarded as the most bizarre title race in years.