Arsenal and Tottenham are already defying the predictions of two high-profile Premier League pundits.
The Gunners have enjoyed a superb season so far, sitting top of the Premier League table and five points clear of nearest challenger Manchester City. Mikel Arteta’s men have won all-but two of their games so far, only losing once, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down so far. Arsenal are yet to play Manchester City, but so far, their title credentials have held true against a number of big hitters, including rivals Tottenham.
Coming into this season, Tottenham were being backed to make a run at the title, and while they still could, they do look unlikely to be a serious threat to the top two, currently eight points behind Arsenal having developed a habit of slipping up.
We are, of course, still early in the season, with more than half of the campaign to play due to the ongoing World Cup break, but Arsenal are looking good as far as the title race is concerned, and they are certainly looking better than Tottenham. That’s something few saw coming, including Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, who expected Antonio Conte’s men to win the battle between the north London clubs, as far as the Premier League table is concerned.
Asked during an Overlap fan event during which of the two clubs would finish higher during pre-season, both Carragher and Neville answered ‘Spurs’. There is still plenty of football to play, including the second North London Derby, but as things stand, Arsenal are comfortably defying those predictions, and it will be interesting to see if they can pick up where they left off after more than a month without action, due to the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Tottenham will be desperate to find consistency as the season goes on, and they will have to if they want to remain in the Champions League heading into next season, amid a likely scramble for top four spots this season.