Arsenal surged to the Premier League summit with a 3-1 win over Stoke but the betting markets make Manchester City the most likely league winners after they romped to an impressive 4-1 victory over Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.
With just five matches played the Premier League has already seen the top spot change hands seven times, which is three more than the entire 2012/2013 season produced, identifying just how tight this season’s title race is predicted to be.
Arsene Wenger’s men could be set for a long overdue assault on the Premier League title after they won their fourth straight league game since being beaten 3-1 at home by Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.
Without a league title since 2004, the Gunners have also finished the season outside the top two in each of the last nine years, but boosted by the signing of Mesut Ozil, who played a pivotal role in all three goals on his home debut, punters are starting to believe that Wenger is building a team to seriously challenge Man City, Chelsea and Man United.
Aaron Ramsey’s early opener was cancelled out by Stoke’s Geoff Cameron but Per Mertesacker restored Arsenal’s advantage before Bacary Sagna added a third for the classy hosts.
Goals were on the menu in Manchester too as City ran riot against their fierce rivals United and laid down a strong marker for the season.
Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure gave City a commanding half-time lead and further goals from Aguero and Samir Nasri within five minutes of the restart gave the score line a rather one sided look.
Wayne Rooney curled a delicious free-kick home with four minutes left but it was just a consolation for the visitors, who sit eighth in the Premier League with just seven points from five matches, albeit from a difficult set of opening fixtures.