It is totally unthinkable for Arsenal fans, but with our bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur now above us in the League and on an excellent winning run, are they now set to overtake Leicester City at the top of the table?
The Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri seems to think so! He said: “Tottenham is strong in every situation; in defence, in attack. Everybody is speaking about Leicester, nobody is speaking about Tottenham. In my opinion, they are the favourites, then Arsenal, then City,” he said.
“I understand we are the surprise. This is a fantastic story and it is good energy but if we are realistic, you say, yes, Leicester have had a fantastic season but the real competitors are City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”
“I think Mauricio Pochettino would agree with me. Slowly, slowly, quiet, quiet he goes. You ask me a question and I tell the truth, what I think.”
Everyone has been predicting Leicester to fall away ever since they first reached the top, but somehow Ranieri has managed to keep all his new stars fit and firing. Now it has just been revealed that he will have to do without N’Golo Kante for the next two matches, and if anything should happen to Vardy or Mahrez in the next few games perhaps the Tinkerman may start to worry.
There are now only 11 games to go and Ranieri thinks that the four jupcoming games before the international break will be crucial in the race for the title, especially as Arsenal have to visit Spurs next weekend. He said: “These matches until the break are our real key,” he said. “I understand everyone asks will we win the title. I don’t know. Let me get past the next four matches, then I might say something more.”
So what do you think? Can Leicester keep up their brilliant form, or are Tottenham now the real favourites?