The first 10 weeks of the 2013-14 Premier League schedule have been anything but predictable, which is why we have so many surprising clubs near the top of the table.
Yes, many expected Arsenal to contend for a Champions League berth, but few expected Arsene Wenger's team to be sitting atop the league this deep into the season.
However, after a convincing 2-0 triumph over fellow heavyweight Liverpool, the Gunners appear to be the team to beat, and they'll face another important test in Week 11 when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
Luckily, the Gunners have managed to put some breathing room between themselves and the rest of the league, as Liverpool and Chelsea lost in Week 10, so even a defeat against Man United would keep Arsenal in the driver's seat.
Heading into a very intriguing slate of Week 11 clashes, here's a look at the updated league table, as well as predictions for next weekend's biggest matches.
|11||West Bromwich Albion||10||3||4||3||13|
|15||West Ham United||10||2||4||4||10|
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Arsenal at Manchester United
So far, it's been a trying season for the Red Devils, as David Moyes' first year managing arguably the sport's most storied club has struggled through the first 10 weeks of the schedule.
Currently eight points back of league-leading Arsenal, Moyes' group is in dire need of a victory against the Gunners, and this match could make or break Manchester's season.
It won't be easy, because since his arrival in North London, Mesut Ozil has transformed Arsenal's attack, and that's why this club has been able to remain unbeaten since being stunned by Aston Villa in the season opener.
For now, I don't see any reason to think that Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and company will be able to knock off the No. 1 Gunners, especially given the improvements of Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.
It'll be close, but the Gunners will continue to pad their lead on the rest of the league with an away victory over the reigning Premier League champions.
Prediction: Arsenal 2, Manchester United 1
Tottenham Hotspur at Newcastle
In Week 10, Newcastle pulled off one of the season's most shocking upsets, landing a 2-0 victory over a legitimate title contender in Chelsea.
It wasn't pretty, as the Blues held the vast majority of possession, but Newcastle found the back of the net when it counted and buried two goals in the match's final third.
Now, the club will have another opportunity to knock off a London-based giant in Tottenham, but I wouldn't expect Alan Pardew's squad to make it two in a row on the road against a quality Hotspur club.
Tottenham's offense has stalled at times thus far, but assuming Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado do what's expected of them, they'll retain their position in Champions League contention.
Prediction: Tottenham 1, Newcastle 0
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