Up until christmas it was looking as though Arsenal had seen off the title challenge of our old Premier League rivals Manchester United. Arsene Wenger and the lads had recovered from a tough November to enjoy a much better month of December and although it was Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City who sat on top of the table on christmas day, Arsenal were running them a close second.
Louis van Gaal and Man United, meanwhile, were in turmoil, but after a terrible run of results saw them lose four games on the spin they managed to bounce back with a win over Swansea City last weekend. That may have been their first win in nine matches but they played a lot better as well and had done so in the draw with Chelsea the game before.
It remains to be seen whether or not they will slip back into their previous ponderous and predictable pattern of play, but the noises coming out of Old Trafford are a lot more positive. The players seem happier and apparently the boss has made a few changes that have improved the mood and the tactics.
At the moment Arsenal have a nice cushion of nine points between us and United but we also have a tough run of games in January and a long injury list. I also expect van Gaal to spend big money on transfers again, so are United still a threat to us winning the title?