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Arsenal Start Won’t Faze Manchester City

Few would have predicted Arsenal’s strong start to the Premier League season as they sat five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City before the World Cup break.

While City have had some uncharacteristic results ahead of the major tournament in Qatar, Pep Guardiola’s side can look to past experiences as they seek a seventh Premier League title in the club’s history.

City Finish On Sour Note

A shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brentford was hardly the result City would have wished for in their final league game before the break for the World Cup. Leading into that game, most punters would have been wondering how many City would put past Thomas Frank’s side and not the result. Looking at the best paid betting tips can help with predictions but few would have expected the Bees to come away from the Etihad Stadium with all three points that day. It was a result that Brentford fully deserved and just shows the competitive nature of the league where anyone can beat anyone.

After what was just City’s second defeat in the Premier League before the World Cup, Guardiola’s side found themselves in second place in the table, with just two points between them and third-place Newcastle United. Arsenal have come on leaps and bounds since last season, when they squandered a good opportunity to finish in the top four and secure a return to the Champions League. With 12 wins from their first 14 outings of the season, former City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has been working wonders with the Gunners. However, Arsenal still have to answer the question of whether they can maintain their consistency when the pressure is on in the new year.

Last Season Will Stand Cityzens In Good Stead

After handling the pressure of winning the Premier League title on the final day of last season, City know exactly how to come through when it matters. City found themselves two goals down on home soil against Aston Villa on a dramatic final day, before running out 3-2 winners. Responding to the two goals from the Villans to win the game and deny Liverpool a second Premier League title went down as a special day in City’s history.

City, who saw Guardiola sign a new contract in November, have been used to recent battles with Liverpool for the English crown but this season has thrown up new challenges. Arsenal have clearly put themselves back in the frame, while Newcastle have been the surprise package this season with a strong start from Eddie Howe’s side. Liverpool did manage to find some form before the World Cup and will be eager to narrow the gap, while Tottenham Hotspur will also have hopes of being in the title-race conversation come May.

City have the experience and the strength in depth to still make them the team to beat in the Premier League this season. However, Arsenal have thrown their hat into the ring and it should make for another intriguing title race this term.

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