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Roberto Mancini , manager of Premier League champions Manchester City, is of the opinion that Arsenal are certainly are a force to be reckoned with, with the Gunners mounting a serious title challenge this season, according to Sky Sports.
Most fans and foes alike did not give Arsene Wenger's team any chance to secure the title this season after losing key players like Robin van Persie and Alex Song in the summer, but the Gunners have defied all odds, and are still unbeaten in 2012-13.
"Arsenal can compete for the title this season," said Mancini. They are better than last season, even if they lost some good players. Maybe, because of that, there is less pressure on them this season. They lost Van Persie and Song, but the players they have brought in have experience and quality."
New signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have been impressive in the first few games for the Gunners, and have added some experience, creativity and battling qualities to an Arsenal side that had been very one-dimensional in recent times.
Arsenal sit comfortably at third place in the league standings after four games, but what remains to be seen is whether they can continue with their good start, and face one of their toughest challenges on Sunday when they travel to the Etihad to face champions City.
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