The race for the Premier League title in the last six years has been two-sided, with Manchester City winning the majority of the titles, securing it five out of six times – only to be closely chased by Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who managed to win it once, in the 2019/20 season – and lose out twice by one point.
Arsenal had the chance to end a long wait for the title last season, but ‘bottled’ it – despite being eight points clear of then second placed Manchester City.
The question: what will the title race of two desperate clubs and seven-year favourites Manchester City feel like? Who deserves it more? Who has a better chance of winning it, and who will eventually win it? – is increasingly becoming the talk of the League.
Surprisingly, Arsenal are ready to fight again after a disappointing end to the 2022/23 season. Even though they were top of the table earlier this season, they have dropped points like they did last season – only that there is still enough time to fight for the top spot before the season ends.
Meanwhile, Liverpool became more poised to win it the moment Klopp announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the season – which is enough reason for the Reds to fight like never before.
Manchester City have always been the favourites to win. And this season, they still find themselves in the race despite losing to Arsenal and drawing with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Liverpool top the table with 51 points, Manchester City (49 points) are second with a game in hand while Arsenal (49 points) are third, behind Guardiola’s side on goal difference. Should City with their game in hand, they will go one point above Liverpool.
It’s difficult to decide who wants it more – but at the moment, Arsenal might deserve it more, why? They haven’t won it since the 2003/04 season, when they were considered the ‘The Invincibles’. And with last season’s performance, being long-time leaders, as well as their hunger this season – they may deserve it more. However, what could be a major blow to their season is the fact that they do not have a lethal striker.
Liverpool on the other hand, have won it once with Klopp. They are very much in the title race and would like to give the German a befitting farewell – what better way could they do that?
While Arsenal and Liverpool have more reasons to win, Manchester City cannot be ruled out – based on the way things currently stand. What would be a major boost for them is the intelligence and superiority of midfield mastermind Kevin de Bruyne, who recently returned from a long spell on the sidelines due to injury, and Erling Haaland, who also just returned from injury after almost two months out. Of course, the duo are feared by every Premier League team.
This is the first time in years that the Premier League may see a three-sided title race fight since the 2007/08 season, where it ended with Manchester United (87) as champions, followed by Chelsea (85) and Arsenal (83).
This year, the title race is still up in the air – any of the three sides can win it.
Get Football | Gideon Oluwaseun