The worrying figures that show how hard Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have to work to catch Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race


The Premier League title race has become something of a two-horse race in recent years, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Manchester City and Liverpool enter the coming campaign as clear leaders to be crowned champions next May after proving they are head and shoulders above their rivals in recent years.

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Klopp and Guardiola have dominated English football in recent years

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Pep Guardiola’s side have emerged victorious in four of the last five seasons, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds won the title in 2019/20 and pushed City all the way in the thrilling title battle of Last year.

Manchester United have also held their own in recent years, recording two second-place finishes during that time.

For the London contingent, the years have been far more disappointing with no side winning the title since Chelsea in 2017.

But just how far have teams from the capital come to win the title in the five years since? talkSPORT.com takes a look.

Premier League 2017/18

  1. Manchester City, 100 points
  2. Manchester United, 81 points
  3. Tottenham, 77 points
  4. Liverpool, 75 points
  5. Chelsea, 70 points
  6. Arsenal, 63 points


Wenger's final season as Arsenal boss didn't end well

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Wenger’s final season as Arsenal boss didn’t end well

After winning the title under Antonio Conte the previous year, things turned sour for Chelsea in the 2017/18 campaign after they lost the title to Man City who recorded an impressive 100 points.

Chelsea ended the season in fifth place, 30 points behind City’s 70, missing out on Champions League qualification.

Arsenal were even further behind with 63 points, with Tottenham closest to the champions on 77 points, 23 behind Guardiola and co.

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Premier League 2018/19

  1. Manchester City, 98 points
  2. Liverpool, 97 points
  3. Chelsea, 72 points
  4. Tottenham, 71 points
  5. Arsenal, 70pts
  6. Manchester United, 66 points

City won back-to-back titles for the first time in their history in 2019 after finishing the season with 98 points, just one ahead of Liverpool who took them all the way.

Again, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were off the pace despite finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Maurizio Sarri’s side closed in on the crown, but with 26 points separating them from first place, it’s clear the gap between London and the North West was widening.

Despite finishing third, Sarri's Chelsea were still 26 points behind the league leaders

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Despite finishing third, Sarri’s Chelsea were still 26 points behind the league leaders

Premier League 2019/20

  1. Liverpool, 99 points
  2. Manchester City, 81 points
  3. Manchester United, 66 points
  4. Chelsea, 66 points
  5. Leicester, 62pts
  6. Tottenham, 59 points
  7. Wolves, 59 points
  8. Arsenal, 56 points

If London clubs thought 2018/19 was bad, things got even worse the following year.

As Liverpool ended their long wait for the Premier League title, clubs in the capital found themselves falling off the pace, with Chelsea coming closest with a fourth place finish on 66 points.

A total of 33 points behind the Reds was nothing compared to Tottenham and Arsenal who were 40 and 43 points respectively from being at the top of the tree.

Arteta's first season in charge of Arsenal saw them finish 43 points behind the league leaders

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Arteta’s first season in charge of Arsenal saw them finish 43 points behind the league leaders

Premier League 2020/21

  1. Manchester City, 86 points
  2. Manchester United, 74 points
  3. Liverpool, 69 points
  4. Chelsea, 67 points
  5. Leicester, 66 points
  6. West Ham, 65 points
  7. Tottenham, 62 points
  8. Arsenal, 61 points

The top of the Premier League was much more competitive in 21/22, but it was Man City, Man United and Liverpool who again claimed the top three spots.

City won the title with 86 points, and despite closing the gap somewhat, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were still far behind.

The Blues finished fourth and 19 points ahead, while the north London rivals finished 26 and 27 points behind City respectively.

Tuchel replaced Lampard midway through the season and guided Chelsea to the top four

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Tuchel replaced Lampard midway through the season and guided Chelsea to the top four

Premier League 2021/22

  1. Manchester City, 93 points
  2. Liverpool, 92 points
  3. Chelsea, 74 points
  4. Tottenham, 71 points
  5. Arsenal, 69pts
  6. Manchester United, 58 points

It was a much stronger performance from the London contingent last season, but it would be an overstatement to say they were genuine rivals for Man City and Liverpool.

Guardiola’s side won the title on 93 points with Liverpool second, but Chelsea and Tottenham managed to crack the top four with 74 and 71 points respectively.

Arsenal finished fifth and 24 points behind City – a marked improvement on recent years but still a far cry from their north-west rivals.

The Premier League is back and talkSPORT has it covered, with games on Friday, Saturday and Monday, starting with Crystal Palace against Arsenal on August 5



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