Futbol Chronicles: Manchester City Are Proving Themselves a Real Threat

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  A cigarette lighter is thrown onto the pitch as Emmanuel Adebayor (front) of Manchester City celebrates with team-mate Kolo Toure in front of the Arsenal fans after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the City of Manchester Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

They've won four games in a row. Adebayor is their leading scorer, and they're already establishing themselves a potent threat to both Chelsea and Manchester United's title ambitions.

No, this is not Arsenal that we are talking about here. This is Manchester City—the team that everyone, every skeptic, supporter, pundit, and average Joe has talked about throughout the entire summer.

This is the same club who along with Real Madrid were accused of inflating the transfer market, and this is the same club whom Alex Ferguson labeled a "small club".

They're not a small club by any standards, but the Citizens are a club on a cusp of great things to come in the future, and proof of that was made in Saturday's convincing victory over Arsenal of London.

They're tied with their fiercest rivals Manchester United for second in the league, and also have a chance to make history as the first clubs from a city other than London to have won a league title or finish in the top two...or three that is.

Mark Hughes now has a club he envisions winning honors for years to come. He may not possess the kinds of success that his counterpart and mentor Alex Ferguson achieved, but he sure has himself a club loaded with the money and resources to compete in the long term.

Ironically, both clubs are now among the top five richest football clubs in the world, so it is only fitting to say that both clubs could launch themselves a new era of dominance of the English game.

Both clubs quite possibly would compete against each other for honors on the same level—something which previously the Citizens were only dreaming of and United supporters often laughed about.