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Arsenal are all too familiar with just how consistent you have to be for the duration of the season in order to lift the title. In seasons gone by, the London club have challenged for the Premier League, only to fall away at the very end.
And it had all been going so well for Arsene Wenger’s men for the first six months of the season. Six months in which they had led for the majority. But, once again, it appears that the wheels may have fallen off.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Southampton are no pushovers and, if you’ll excuse the horrid football cliché, St. Mary’s is a tough place to go. But if you’re to go on and win the Premier League, then you should really be coming away from Hampshire with all three points. Arsenal didn’t. They were held to a 2-2 draw and lost ground to a team who have been strong all season and only look like improving.
Manchester City have been hot on the heels of the Gunners all season long and have questionably played the most entertaining and efficient football in the league. After all, they managed to put six past Tottenham and Arsenal and seven past a hapless Norwich.
And after City's tremendous endeavour in the first six months of the campaign, they’re now top dogs courtesy of their 5-1 hammering of Spurs at White Hart Lane. And who would be surprised if they stayed there for the rest of the season?