- Paul Merson has declared Arsenal as the favourites to win the Premier League title this season
- The ex-England international says Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs stand no chance
- Merson believes only one team has what it takes to challenge Arsenal for the title this season
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has ruled out four top clubs from the Premier League title race.
The Gunners have emerged as the firm favourites to secure the title this season, after a brilliant run of form under Mikel Arteta.
Metro UK reports that the Emirates Stadium-based outfit have picked up an impressive 43 points from 16 outings, with their last fixture ending in a 4-2 win over Brighton on Saturday.
Arteta's charges are currently enjoying a seven-point advantage over reigning champions Manchester City, who were held to a 1-1 frustrating draw against Everton at the Etihad Stadium.
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Who's in the EPL race?
According to Merson, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are already out of the Premier League title race.
The former England international contends that the crown is Arsenal's to lose, with Man City as their closest challengers.
"There are teams - big teams - that can’t win the Premier League now. You’re looking at Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, Man United," Merson told Sky Sports.
The former England international believes that unless these teams begin one of the most extraordinary runs in Premier League history, they will not be able to stop Arsenal's advance.
"[Arsenal] are playing very well; it’s not been a fluke," he added.
Arsene Wenger's return
Sports Brief has also reported that Arsenal fans were treated to a beautiful sight when legendary Head Coach Arsene Wenger returned to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his exit.
The Gunners were hosting West Ham in a London Derby, as the first round of Premier League fixtures kicked off on Boxing Day.
Wenger, who left Arsenal in 2018, served as the head coach for 22 years before calling it a day. He was among the crowd as the Gunners staged a second-half comeback to beat their opponents 3-1.