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Manchester City vs. Arsenal: Robin Van Persie Will Expose EPL Leader

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Robin van Persie of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on December 10, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Robin Van Persie is on a tear and though Manchester City has outperformed the rest of the EPL to this point, Arsenal has risen from the ashes and will deliver against top-ranked Man City.

Vincent Kompany is going to have his hands full, to say the least. While RVP and the rest of the Arsenal attack were lifeless just a few short weeks ago and Arsene Wenger's ability to manage was being called into serious question, the attack is back on board and Arsenal is skyrocketing up the standings.

Van Persie has 15 goals in 15 games. He's been completely unstoppable and with his confidence through the roof, Manchester City's back line doesn't have a chance.

Man marking won't work here; Van Persie can only be contained for so long. Eventually, he'll break loose and extend his streak to 16 goals in 16 games.

Arsenal is a completely new team compared to what they were coming into October. This is a great chance to show that the new and improved Gunners can hang with any team in the Premier League.

Manchester City is coming off of a disappointing loss to Chelsea and is looking to bounce back by snuffing out a scrappy Arsenal squad, but it's impossible to discount the Gunners at this point.

Three weeks ago this would have been a slam dunk. Dejected Arsenal would have been a multi-goal underdog with no shot at winning the match.

Van Persie is white hot though, and though the Gunners have had to suffer through devastating loss this season, they aren't letting it define how they'll finish. Arsenal is a team nobody wants to play right now.

Though Manchester City sits atop the EPL standings, they are about to be exposed.

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