Wenger reads from wrong script as Arsenal slip up whilst rivals win
Arsene Wenger looked a worried man on Saturday afternoon as his Arsenal side slumped to a 6-3 defeat at Manchester City.
Although the Gunners still sit top after 16 games, the early pace-setters now have the look of sitting ducks after suffering their worst defeat since losing 4-0 at AC Milan in February 2012.
Wenger also seems to have got his mind games wrong.
After the defeat the Frenchman said: “We have played Everton, who were as good as City. We have played Southampton, who were as good as City.”
Those comments might have fans a bit worried and the North London side are now out to 4/1 to win a fourth Premier League title.
Arsenal have conceded nine goals in their last three games
Liverpool looked to have a tough trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday but they disposed of Spurs with a clinical first-half performance providing them with the foundation for an emphatic 5-0 win.
Two-goal Luis Suarez – made captain by Brendan Rodgers – led his side to just their third away win of the season and they are now second on goal difference. And into 7/1 for the title.
The result was Tottenham’s worst home defeat for 16 years and has put manager Andre Villas-Boas under even more pressure; he’s 1/3 to be the next top-flight manager sacked.
Arsenal last won the Premier League in 2003/4
Chelsea’s hard-fought 2-1 win against Crystal Palace also took them to within just two points of top spot, whilst City’s unbelievable home record has propelled them to within one win of Arsenal.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team have scored 35 goals in eight matches at Eastlands this season and are demolishing the big clubs; they put four past Man Utd in September and six past Spurs last month.
City are now the 11/10 favourites to win a second Premier League title.
Meanwhile Wenger’s men have started to stutter and have lost five of their last 13 games in all competitions.
A lack of striking options for Wenger has once again left his side looking less threatening when his Plan A of using Olivier Giroud isn’t working.
Giroud needs help up-front and Wenger needs to buy in January.
Chelsea have won the Premier League three times
Fellow London side Chelsea weren’t at their best against a rejuvenated Palace but they are still unbeaten at home under Mourinho in 68 matches and are now 4/1 for the title.
Man Utd looked more like their former selves during a 3-0 win against a lacklustre Aston Villa on Sunday but still remain 10 points off the top.
Although a title challenge is unlikely, Old Trafford is a fearsome place for away teams to visit when the Red Devils have momentum.
However at the moment United’s best performances have been on the road and Moyes needs to get his side playing wide, expansive football at home before they can be considered at 20/1.
Man Utd have won the Premier League 13 times
Everton continued their fine season with a 4-1 victory at home to Fulham.
Roberto Martinez’s side have made a much quicker start than is usually the case at Everton and they cannot be counted out just yet.
Just four points behind Arsenal, their challenge appears to rely on Romelu Lukaku’s fine form continuing until May and they are 40/1 to win their first league title since 1986/7.