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A guide to Premier League football in London: Part One

A guide to Premier League football in London: Part One

The Premier League season is building to a nice crescendo, with a number of teams vying to lift the title come May.

At the other end of the table, meanwhile, it is still very much up in the air as to who will fall through the trap door into the Championship.

This year’s competition features a strong London presence, with two of the capital’s top sides – Arsenal and Chelsea – firmly in the hunt for the title.

Here, we’re going to provide a two-part guide to each of the London based-teams’ prospects for the remaining months of the season.

Arsenal

The Gunners have surprised many critics this season by challenging at the very top end of the league and with just 11 games to go in the championship race, they remain in the hunt.

Of course, the signing of German international Mesut Ozil helped to lift the spirit of the club during the initial stages of the season.

And while Ozil has struggled to maintain his early season form, the team has seemingly been riding the crest of a wave for months.

Manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that the title could be decided on the last day of the season and that, ultimately, it will be the most consistent team that prevails.

"It looks like the last game could be decisive," he told Arsenal Player. "Nobody knows. What is for sure, the most consistent team from now on will do it.

"Everybody has big games, everybody has difficult games, the Premier League is difficult for everybody so let's just focus on our performances.

"We've just come off of a little bit of a difficult run because we lost at Liverpool, we played a draw against Man United and we are still only one point behind Chelsea so overall that is a great encouragement."

He added that with so few games left in their league campaign, Arsenal will give everything in order to end their trophy drought.

Chelsea

Across the city, Chelsea are well-positioned with just a few months of the season left and with Jose Mourinho back at the helm, there is a growing sense that the Blues are the team to beat in the championship race.

This viewpoint was given further credence a few weeks ago when the west Londoners recorded an impressive victory away from home against fellow title rivals Manchester City.

What’s more, the team can also take confidence from the fact that they have a number of experienced players in their squad who know what it takes to win the league, including the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard.

However, the team is increasingly reliant on a younger generation of players and if they are to lift the trophy come May, they will need Belgian star Eden Hazard to maintain his impressive recent form.

Indeed, Mourinho recently suggested that Hazard could one day rival the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of the world’s best player.

In order to achieve that, though, he will need to deliver when his team most needs him, starting now.

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