Is this finally Wenger’s Year? All top sides are struggling. It feels like no one really wants to win the EPL. Can Arsene’s men take advantage of it and finally repay its supporters of their loyalty and patience? I will assess the chances of each club in this four-way title race.
Leicester is having an amazing season, leading the table with 2 points. They surprised everyone and James Vardy (top scorer to date) and Mahrez have been amazing. Vardy with his composed finishing and Mahrez with his trickery and set pieces have kept Leicester on top. Kante has been brilliant in the middle of the park with the most number of interceptions in the league.
Last season, Spurs were too dependent on Harry Kane. However, this time around the likes of Alli, Lamela and Eriksen have all stepped it up. Tottenham and Leicester have been the best this season when not having the ball and in regaining possession. With a very stable defense and a remarkable away record, Pochettino has given the fans something to dream about. The only thing against both Leicester and Spurs is the lack of experience they possess in competing for the EPL.
Manchester city has lost back to back home games and six points separate them from the league leaders. Toure has been in poor form this season and his inability of tracking back has enabled the oppositions to exploit the Citizens. City’s defense has been below par and has been flooding goals without their captain. Man city has lost only once in nine games in which Kompany has started. With Kun Aguero back in form, scoring isn’t an issue. City faithful would want both Aguero and Kompany to stay fit for the remainder of the season to remain in the mix till the very end.
Alexis was the catalyst in the start and after his injury, Mesut Ozil took the league by the scruff of the neck with 17 assists in the EPL. The German wizard’s pinpoint passing and incredible vision has kept Arsenal’s title hopes alive and has created 106 chances in the process. Bellerin has had an amazing season with his blistering pace, good crossing and reasonably good defending. Monreal has been Mr. reliable and Giroud has led the line brilliantly scoring twelve times in the process. Additionally, Cech has saved Arsenal many points this season with excellent saves. Moreover, Arsenal has changed their strategy this season. They are not only playing their beautiful football, but have been playing on the counter in the big games resulting in wins over United and City and a crucial point at Stoke, which was missing in the previous seasons.
United, Chelsea and Liverpool will all spend big in the summer to compete for the title next season. Klopp will have enough time to settle in the EPL and do his magic and Guardiola’s arrival would increase more competition. So, rationally speaking, Arsenal won’t get a better chance to win the EPL than this one anytime soon.
Words by: Hassan Shahid