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English Premier League 5 things we learnt from matchday 4

Check out the five things we learnt from matchday 4 of the English Premier League

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  play Manchester United players after their defeat to Swansea (Ian Hodgson/Daily Mail)
  play Jose Mourinho have to do something about his third season curse (Reuters)

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The English Premier League drama continues in match day four as Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all drop points against small teams.

Below are five things we learnt about how the season will shape up after matchday four.

1. Arsenal are not ready to win the league: Newcastle 0 Vs Arsenal 1

  play Theo Walcott could not score after replacing Giroud in the starting 11 (AP)


This is the painful truth; Arsene Wenger is not ready to win the English Premier League this season.

Every season, Arsenal fans enter the season with lightened hope which is only dimmed with Le Prof's reluctance to dip his hands into the club treasury and sign players. Last season, his failure to get a defensive midfielder meant that the Gunners were well off the title race before December and it was not until Francis Coquelin came into the team that Arsenal looked like a winning unit.

This season again,  Wenger has shown the same attitude, ignoring the fact that Arsenal need a top striker and another DM to properly challenge for the title. Olivier Giroud has constantly shown that he lacks the consistency to lead a team to a league title. What he offers Arsenal is what I still haven't seen. He lacks the pace, not that strong in the air and constantly plays with his back to the goal leaving midfielders with no option upfront.

Read: Arsenal edge 10-men Newcastle United 1-0

Theo Walcott to me, look like he has the pace to trouble defenders and can offer Arsenal more than Giroud but it is however late for the 26-year-old to become a striker after playing at the wings for the most part of his career.

Walcott woeful outing in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United shows that Arsenal need a top class striker to really compete for the title. Coquelin has been fantastic for the Gunners this season but Wenger still has to bring in another DM. Arsenal are just an injury and suspension to Coquelin away from Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. If you remember how bad they were with those last season, then you should agree with me.

2. Manchester City are winning the title: Manchester 2 Vs Watford 0

  play Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring for Manchester City (AP)


With what we have seen so far, take your love for your club aside, Manchester City are walking away with this season's league title.

Manual Pellegrini has signed Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph this summer. Only Sterling from these new new recruitments has been involved in their stellar start to the season which has seen them score 10 league goals without conceding any in games.

Though people might say that the season is a marathon and not a sprint, City also have better strength in depth than the other teams in the league.

Read: Manchester City beat Watford:

My only fear about City is what will happen if Sergio Aguero gets injured. Can Wilfried Bony deliver the goals?

3. Jose Mourinho's third season curse strikes again: Chelsea 1 Vs Crystal Palace 2

It is time for Jose Mourinho to really show his strength as a manager and not run away from a bad spell. Truthfully, the Portuguese manager is not known for weathering storm since he made his name as a UEFA Champions League winning coach in Porto.

Read: Chelsea beaten at home by Crystal Palace

He has never won the league in any of the third season of the three clubs he has managed since then. He won just the FA Cup in his third season before leaving the club after a dismal  start to his fourth, left Inter Milan after his second season and Real Madrid couldn't wait to get rid of him after his third season.

  play Bakary Sako scoring against Chelsea (Getty Images)


His third season in his Chelsea return is not looking rosy either but it's time Mourinho shows his class as a manager and rebuild this lost Chelsea side.

This Chelsea team look tired after last season's league win. Eden Hazard can't beat a man, Cesc Fabregas is obviously off pace while the defence need change. There also seems to be a problem with Nemanja Matic. There was a hype around him last season after Chelsea won the league but I personally don't fancy him.

In this time where midfield players are becoming faster, DMs have to be mobile at all time to chase down the ball. This is what Matic clearly lacks, In the lead up to Crystal Palace's winner over the weekend, Matic was lost as a midfielder skipped past him in the middle.

Like I said last week, it's time Mourinho take out Branislav Ivanovic and bring in César Azpilicueta at right-back and player their new left back Baba Rahman. The Serbian right-back seems like he needs rest.

4. Problems for Manchester United: Swansea 2 Vs Manchester United 1

  play Gomis scores the winner for Swansea against Manchester United (Ian Hodgson)


Manchester United's away loss at Liberty Stadium to Swansea on Sunday, August 30 was not surprising to me. Louis van Gaal is he only one to blame for that defeat.

The Dutch coach left out Michael Carrick choosing to play Bastian Schweinsteiger who was off pace in the game. I'm not blaming the German midfielder for the defeat, but this is the EPL. You can't just come in from another league at the age of 31 and expect to slot in straight away.

Read: Swansea beat Manchester United

Though Wayne Rooney was awful through-out the game on Sunday, it is not yet time to write off the United captain. He can still deliver the goals if he hits form and gets his confidence back.

United forwards, Memphs Depay especially, seems to have been told not to beat an opponent, preferring to cross to the inefficient Rooney. With his pace, strength and skills, Depay should be offering more from the flanks to get United going.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero has kept a clean sheet in three league games for United, but the goals he conceded against Swansea show that he is way below what United have in David de Gea.

5. Liverpool let down by defence: Liverpool 0 Vs West Ham 3

  play Liverpool defence have let them down again (Reuters)


Having gone three games without conceding-even after playing Arsenal- Liverpool were brought back to reality with a 0-3 home loss to West Ham.

The loss showed how Brendan Rodger's arrogance in the transfer market will be their let down.

Liverpool last season suffered on numerous occasion due to calamitous defending, but the Irish manager ignored that department when he was signing players.

Liverpool are quite decent going forward. Philippe Ccountnho, Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino can deliver the goals. But it's Liverpool's defence that let them down in their loss to West Ham.

Chaotic defending and zero protection from the midfield would be their undoing if it is not fixed. 

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