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Who Will Win the Premier League Title?



The Premier League title race is heating up, with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City all in with a chance of lifting the title as we enter the latter stages of the season. In this article, we will take look at the title contenders and their chances of lifting the trophy come the end of the season.


Last season Manchester City retained the Premier League title, finishing five points above second place Arsenal on 89 points. But this season, it looks as though the title race will go right down to the wire, as Pep Guardiola’s treble winners face stiff competition from two very strong Liverpool and Arsenal sides.

 

As things stand, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are leading the title race, as they sit in first place with 57 points. Reigning champions City moved up to second place on 56 points following their 1-0 win over Brentford last night, while Arsenal are close behind on 55 points. It is looking incredibly tight at the top; this could be one of the most exciting and competitive title races we have seen in a very long time.


Liverpool



Jurgen Klopp shocked the footballing world when he announced he will be departing Liverpool at the end of the 23/24 season. Liverpool fans will be hoping to see their manager have the best send-off possible by lifting his second Premier League title at the club, but do the Reds have what it takes to do it?

 

If Liverpool can continue their recent form, they could be in with a shot of the title come 19th May. Klopp’s side have been in excellent form of late, picking up wins in four of their last five fixtures, and only losing one game in their last 14. Last time out they impressed in a convincing 4-1 win away to Brentford, in which they were boosted by the return of Mohammed Salah.


Salah scored and assisted on his return from a hamstring injury which forced him to withdraw from Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations squad on January 18. The return of their top scorer will undoubtedly boost Liverpool’s title hopes, as the Egyptian will be keen to build on his current goal tally of 15 Premier League goals for the season in the hunt for both the Golden Boot and ultimately, the title.

 

Another huge boost for Liverpool in recent weeks has been the emergence of Connor Bradley into the first team. The Northern Irish right-back has looked like a very exciting prospect since making his Premier League debut against Bournemouth on January 21, registering five assists and scoring his first senior goal in his first six first-team games. He has filled the void of the injured Alexander-Arnold superbly, even picking up Liverpool’s Men’s Player of the Month award for January. Liverpool fans will be excited to see him continue his progression, and potentially help guide the Reds to the title.

 

Despite Salah’s recent return from injury, Liverpool’s extensive injury list will be a concern for Klopp. Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joël Matip, Ben Doak, Thiago Alacantara, Stefan Bajectic and Dominik Szoboszlai have all been sidelined in recent weeks.


To add to Liverpool’s injury woes, three key players were withdrawn due to injuries in their win over Brentford. Diogo Jota was forced off on a stretcher and could reportedly be out for two months, while Curtis Jones was brought off after suffering discomfort before later being spotted on crutches. Darwin Núñez was forced off at halftime after the striker complained of a “small issue” according to Klopp.

 

As it stands, Liverpool fans will take encouragement from the fact that the title is in their hands – if they are able to win their games, including the visit of Man City to Anfield on 10th March, the title will be theirs. However, the injuries Liverpool are facing will certainly test their squad depth, and it remains to be seen if they could be detrimental to their title hopes.


Arsenal



Arsenal were one of the main title contenders last season as they finished second behind Man City, securing their best Premier League finish since the 2015-16 season. However, the question remains whether they can go one step further and win their first league title since 2003-04.

 

Arsenal have started the season strongly and have really hit their stride in recent games. The Gunners have won their last five fixtures, three of which by five or more goals, a very impressive record. The most important win for the Gunners though was their crucial 3-1 victory at home to Liverpool on 4th February.


The result keeps Arteta’s side right in the title race, with everything to play for in the remainder of the season. Looking ahead, Arsenal’s huge clash against Man City at the Etihad on 31st March is likely to be decisive in the title race. It is a must-win game for both sides and could ultimately decide who goes on to win the title.

 

Despite Arsenal’s impressive start to the season, some fans doubt their chances of winning the title, as they lack the winning experience of their main competitors, Liverpool and Man City. Liverpool proved they can win the league under Klopp in 2019-20, while Man City have been serial winners under Guardiola, winning five titles in his tenure at the club.


In contrast, Arsenal have not won a league title since their famous Invincibles season, and they have not won any trophies under Mikel Arteta except for the FA Cup in his first season at the club in 2020. This raises the question of whether the winning experience of Liverpool and Man City players and managers could give them the edge over Arsenal.

 

However, there is no denying that this is the strongest Arsenal side in recent years. Arsenal spent over £200M in the summer transfer window, adding to an already strong squad that challenged City last season. Their most important addition was certainly the signing of Declan Rice, who has been pivotal in the Arsenal midfield so far this season.


William Saliba, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka have also been standout performers so far for the Gunners. Saka has been the top scorer for Arteta’s side so far this season, netting 12 Premier League goals so far. He has particularly been in fantastic form in recent weeks, scoring five goals in his last four games. There is no doubt the 22-year-old will play a huge role in any success Arsenal have this season.

 

Arsenal still has some tough fixtures remaining, with the standout being their game against Man City away on 31st March which will make or break Arsenal’s title hopes.

 

Manchester City



At the start of the season, City were strong favourites to retain their title and pick up their fourth consecutive Premier League trophy. The Champions invested in their squad over the summer, spending over £200M to add Josko Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes, Jeremy Doku and Mateo Kovacic to the squad. Everyone expected City to start the season strongly, however, the Champions did not have the strong start to the season they would have hoped for, with some disappointing results including losses to Wolves and Aston Villa, as well as a draw against Crystal Palace putting them on the back foot in the title race early in the season.

 

Despite their disappointing start to the season, City have really hit form recently, remaining unbeaten in their last 16 games. The Citizen’s incredible squad depth has allowed them to keep winning games, even when they have missed key players due to injury at times. Guardiola’s team has only recently seen Erling Haaland, who missed two months due to a foot injury, and Kevin De Bruyne who was sidelined for four months with a hamstring injury, return to the side.


The pair are widely renowned as two of the best players in the league and even the world, so the fact that City have been in such brilliant form without them highlights just how strong their squad is. The return of the pair will strengthen City’s title hopes, as Haaland, who is already on 17 Premier League goals for the season, is looking to retain his golden boot, as well as the league title.

 

With their unbelievable unbeaten streak and the return of their star players from injury, it is looking increasingly likely that City will drop very few points in the remainder of the season. City’s fate is in their hands, as they face both Liverpool and Arsenal in March in what will be two huge games. If they can win these fixtures, everyone will expect City to go all the way. However, the pressure on the Champions to win these games is immense, as losses in these two fixtures could see their title hopes slip away.



As the Premier League season progresses, the race for the title is shaping up to be a thrilling one. With several top teams vying for the coveted trophy, it remains to be seen which team will emerge victorious and claim the title come May. Who do you think will ultimately come out on top and secure the title?




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