Arsenal must out-City Pep to seriously challenge for title

Arsenal have made a tremendous start to their Premier League campaign and they are currently one point ahead of Manchester City after eight games into the season.

The Gunners have certainly exceeded the early expectations this term, but not many fancy them to seriously challenge for the title with the Cityzens scoring for fun lately.

However, in our opinion, Mikel Arteta’s side have a genuine possibility of competing for the crown, but it will require them to be almost perfect over the course of the season.

With the way City are performing at the moment, it is obvious that not many teams will be able to pick points out of them, and the Gunners need to possess a similar dominance.

The north London giants have managed to showcase a similar streak against the mid-table sides, and the onus is on finding the same when they face the likes of Liverpool and City.

Their next league outing will be against Jurgen Klopp’s side at home. They have the perfect platform to show that they are strong title contenders by getting the better of the Reds.

The Merseyside outfit have been City’s main rivals over four seasons, but they are currently languishing ninth in the standings, 11 points behind the Gunners with a game in hand.

If they can outwit the Reds, it would send a strong message to everyone that they are in the title hunt.

Meanwhile, Arsenal were due to face Manchester City at home on October 19, but it has been postponed in order to accommodate the PSV Europa League game at the Emirates.

Hence, the teams won’t face each other until next year. The Gunners were the better side in the home meeting last term, but the scenario changed with some controversial refereeing decisions.

If Arsenal can maintain their consistency shown in the early weeks, it could all come to the head-to-head meetings with City. Whether they can keep Erling Haaland quiet is another big question.

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