English soccer fans are fortunate to be witnessing one of those incredible seasons set on fire with its unpredictability and surreal results aplenty.

The quality of the soccer when compared with the spending has been highly questionable with none of the title-challenging teams matching the quality of soccer that one would expect. Be it Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur or anyone else, they’ve all been inconsistent in terms of the performances produced, and at times the results too.

It’s certain that at some stage, even in this excitingly messed up season, the inconsistency will cost a fair few, henceforth, bringing about an end to the title hopes of those still in it. Will it be Arsene Wenger who has the last laugh, or will Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham stomp their way to a historic title win?

Let’s assess the current top four’s title chances:


On paper, the Gunners are probably the best in the Premier League. If there’s one team that can be banked upon to win the Premier League this season, at least on the basis of the overall squad, it’s Arsenal. As they’ve shown, they aren’t all about Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil, there’s more to them and the statistics prove why.

However, even for a team as talented as Arsenal’s, they haven’t been able to nail down the number of opportunities they’ve had throughout the course of the season to make the top spot their own and that is probably due to the weaknesses that exist within, which resurfaces the same old doubts – do they have what it takes to win the league? The answer, as always – and more so on this occasion – is yes. This is supposed to be the season when Arsenal finally end their decade of hurt.

Manchester City

The team with the experience. But for injuries to the players they rely the most upon, Manchester City could’ve been in a better position than they presently are. Without Vincent Kompany, their defence is a shambles and without Sergio Aguero, the attack lacks the cutting edge. Any team would miss Aguero – yes – but to be overly dependent on him having spent millions on other forwards doesn’t seem right.

The attack, though, isn’t what’ll worry them, it’s the defence that will. With Kompany out of action until the latter part of the season, you wonder how (and if) they will realize their title dreams. Notwithstanding, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have as good a chance as any other team.

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino’s side are inexperienced but not incapable of winning the Premier League trophy. Tottenham Hotspur have been a joy to watch. They’ve played fearlessly entertaining soccer all season long, yet they have managed to have the best defensive record, which, in itself reveals just how finely tuned this Spurs side is.

But then again, apart from the fact that an injury to Harry Kane would put Pochettino’s team in deep trouble up front, what makes one doubt Tottenham’s title credentials is the big question as to whether they can hold on to their nerves once the expectations rise, being the young side they are. They can go all the way, but would they be able to? It may be too early to make a call, but Tottenham’s wait for a league title could go on.

Leicester City

The Foxes are the most confident side in the Premier League. Leicester City’s brave challenge for the Premier League title isn’t just fading away as many thought it would. Instead, they are top of the table going into February – just let that sink in. They may be overly dependent on Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, but even when they haven’t been firing on all cylinders, they haven’t lost (only 2 defeats in 24 games), which is astounding.

There are plenty of weaknesses in Claudio Ranieri’s side, but since no one has been able to exploit them to the full except Arsenal, how do they drop points with no other cups to play in? It’s a tough question – one that only time will answer.

Predicted finish:

  1. Arsenal
  2. Manchester City
  3. Leicester City
  4. Tottenham Hotspur

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