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Beating Man City is great for Arsenal: Shearer


To finally beat Manchester City in the Premier League was great for Arsenal and their manager Mikel Arteta, and it is also good for the title race.

I still think it will just be City and the Gunners battling it out come the end of the season but for now only three points separate the top four, which gives all of them hope.

The big surprise is seeing Tottenham lead the way as we head into the international break, but they are flying under new boss Ange Postecoglou and have picked up some excellent results.

I'm not sure how long Spurs will spend at the summit but the fact they don't have any European football this season will definitely help their chances of staying in the top four.

It means they won't face the same demands on their squad as many of their rivals who are in Europe, in terms of the quality and depth that you need to compete in both.

We saw how much the same situation helped Newcastle make it into the Champions League places last season, and now it can benefit Spurs too.

At some stage, I think they will miss Harry Kane and the points he earned them with the goals he scored when they were not playing well, but they are certainly not having any problems winning without him at the moment.

Kane's departure to Bayern Munich has given their other attacking players the opportunity to step up and do their part, and their new signings like midfielder James Maddison and defender Micky van de Ven have been superb.

So far, Liverpool are right up there as well, but again I am not convinced they will sustain a title challenge.

Jurgen Klopp's side are always going to score goals because of the attacking players that they have, but I still have my doubts about them defensively.

The Reds are exciting to watch when they come forward but we saw again in their draw with Brighton that they concede too easily - there is something missing at the back.

I know Ibrahima Konate will be back from injury soon, which will help, but teams seem to be able to play through them quite easily and they just don't look solid enough.