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Arsenal’s Djourou expecting tightest season yet

Djourou expecting tightest season yet
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Arsenal defender Johan Djourou says that he expects this season's title race to be tighter than ever.

Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou has said that he expects this season's title race to be tighter than ever.

The Gunners finished fourth in the Premier League last season, slipping one spot from the year before. However, the Ivorian insists that the league is becoming tighter at the top, with the 'big six' – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool – all competing for the title.

"For the past decade it has been the same teams but now the money comes in at a team like Man City and they spend a lot to deliver," he told the club's official website.

"Tottenham as well are making ground, they have got some great players too.

"You have to fight and that's what makes the English league so good to watch because there is competition. We know there are favourites but there are outside teams who can make trouble."

The 24-year-old, who had a number of standout performances last season, was regarded as one of the few bright spots ina disappointing season for the club.

"As players we have to be on our toes but I think Arsenal is still on top because even if I look at last season, the problem before was that we couldn't beat the biggest teams but last season we didn't have any problem with that.

"So I think we just need to get those little things right and it will be great for us."

Djourou started 22 games for Arsenal last season, scoring one goal.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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