Michael Owen has named the favourite to win the Premier League after Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United had mixed fortunes this weekend.
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Arsenal secured a 4-2 win over Aston Villa, Man City dropped points at Nottingham Forest and United enjoyed a victory over Leicester City.
The Gunners looked set to drop more points against Unai Emery’s side but came from behind twice to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Manchester City.
Man City would still be top had they beaten Forest but Steve Cooper’s team scored a late equaliser to frustrate Pep Guardiola’s side.
Manchester United then thrashed Leicester 3-0 on Sunday to continue their superb run under Erik ten Hag. They are now three points behind Man City and five points behind Arsenal, who still have a game in hand.
Former England player Owen Man United ‘cannot be ruled out’ of the title race yet but insists Arsenal remain in the ‘driving seat’.
Discussing the title race before United’s win over Leicester, Owen told Premier League Productions: ‘It’s amazing isn’t it? You see Man City sat there on 52 points and it’s a really good total, but you just don’t feel like they’re absolutely purring and at the top of their game this season so far.
‘And Arsenal, even though they’ve had a couple of iffy results in recent times, they’re probably sat there confident now. They’ve gained another couple of points on Manchester City – and probably had the harder game.
‘However, cast your minds back a month or so and Manchester City would probably snap your hand off only being two points behind now, because that gap was quite big.
‘Everyone knows there are going to be so many ups and downs and twists – and nobody is mentioning Manchester United.
‘Because if Manchester City are involved, and obviously Manchester United, if they win their game in hand, they’re only three points behind City, so you cannot rule anything out at the moment.
‘But you’d have to say that Arsenal are in the driving seat.’