Eden Hazard doesn’t think Arsenal will be competing for the title

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Eden Hazard discussed the developing title race in the wake of Chelsea’s win over Tottenham at the weekend, but it was what he didn’t say that has raised eyebrows.

Discussing the Blues’ biggest challengers for the Premier League title this term, Hazard said in the Mirror “Man City and Liverpool are both good. If we want to be there at the end we will have to finish above them”.

This seems a fairly reasonable assessment of the situation, although it does cheekily ignore the presence of Arsenal, even though they lie just two points behind City and Liverpool and just three behind Chelsea themselves. While the Gunners are not in the best form they’ve had this season, they are still getting good results, and most importantly they are not losing. There’s no way they would have been able to stay in touch with a rampant Chelsea if they weren’t.

Perhaps it was a simple omission, or perhaps Hazard really doesn’t think the Gunners are good enough to go the distance. They certainly appeared to be when they comfortably beat Chelsea just over a month ago. In any case, this will only serve to stoke the fires in a battle for the title that looks like it could be one to remember.

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