Paul Merson writes off Manchester City Premier League title hopes.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Manchester City will struggle to retain the Premier League title this season and Louis van Gaal's side will miss out on a top-four spot.

The Citizens haven’t been able to reproduce the kind of form they need to win the title again, they have lost four in 17 games with their most recent defeat against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, a day they failed to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea.

And, despite City responding with a 2-0 win over Leicester City at home on Wednesday, Merson reckons the title is heading to Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.

"I don't think City have much of a chance," Merson told Sky Sports News HQ. "They are not playing well.

"They rode their luck against Leicester, who should have had two stonewall penalties. Chelsea are a good, good team, and I’d be shocked if Chelsea threw this away.

"Chelsea have some tough matches coming up, and if City can win their next six, then they are in with a chance.

"But that was a big win at West Ham (for Chelsea)."

The ex-Gunner midfielder also insisted his former side Arsenal and Liverpool will finish above the Red Devils in their quest to securing a Champions League spot.

"Arsenal do it every year. When things get really tight at the end, they always finish well," Merson added.

"After that, I think Liverpool will finish above Man United, they are flying at the moment. Daniel Sturridge is back and will be fresh for the final 10 games.

"That makes a massive difference."

Written by @Chukkymufc

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