Arsenal still readers' favourites to win Premier League despite Manchester United defeat

Despite losing 1-0 at Old Trafford, the Gunners are still your pick to claim the title at the end of the season over the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Sunday's opponents

A slim majority of Goal readers have favoured Arsenal over the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in a vote to see which club would claim the Premier League crown at the end of the season.

With a 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, few predicted Arsenal would be setting the title race pace 10 matches later, but the club-record signing of Mesut Ozil and the form of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud saw them win eight of their next nine games.

However, Robin van Persie's first-half header saw the Gunners' lead at the top cut to two points as they fell to only their second away defeat since March, but 32.3 per cent of you expect Arsenal to triumph in May.

There was large support for Manchester United, who came second in the vote with 26%, despite a struggling at points during the opening stages of David Moyes' tenure.

Second-placed Liverpool have been boosted by the emergence of the 'SAS 'partnership between Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have scored eight league goals each already this season, and racked up 13% of the votes.

Chelsea and Manchester City, who changed their managers in the summer, were left trailing in the vote.

Although the Blues managed 19.2%, Jose Mourinho’s men have also struggled for consistency this season, most recently needing a 94th-minute penalty to draw 2-2 with West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

City, under Manuel Pellegrini, find themselves eighth in the table. While they have been prolific at home - scoring 25 goals in five Premier League matches - they have struggled on their travels, losing four matches, including Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Sunderland.

Elsewhere, only 1.8% of you think Southampton will kick on from the form which has seen them rise to third in the table and win the title, while Tottenham and Everton were favoured by 1.1% and 0.3%, respectively.