City were usurped at the top of the table this weekend by the Gunners after they were held to a draw by Liverpool and Mikel Arteta&aposs men beat Brentford 1-0. As we head into December, the title race looks too close to call with the gap between first and sixth only six points.
Pep Guardiola may have been frustrated by dropping off the top spot at the end of November but Ljungberg insists City remain the favourites to win the title. When asked about the Gunners&apos title chances on Sky Sports&apos Monday Night Football, he explained: “I think definitely ready to challenge for the title, but the stats here are quite telling to be honest and I dont think it will work in their favour.
“I think if you look against City, I think at Christmas you have to be almost 10 points ahead of them because they are so strong in the spring. I think they will be Manchester Citys closest challengers. But then, City are amazing. Its hard.”
Unlike previous seasons, City have a new competition they will have to contend with which could throw a spanner in the works. Just before Christmas, the Blues will be flying out to Saudi Arabia for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Guardiola&aposs side qualified for the competition for the very first time when they won the Champions League. City&aposs last Premier League game will take place on December 16 before they return to domestic action on December 27.