By Joe Harker
Manchester City are enjoying one of the best ever starts a club has had in the Premier League, and are doing well in other competitions. They have played 17 games this season and won all but one of them, scoring 52 goals and conceding just 11. Although they sometimes appeared to struggle last season, the squad now seems to have fully adapted to Pep Guardiola's methods and they are flying. This form has led most to believe they are the frontrunners for the Premier League title and could even win the Champions League.
Unstoppable is the word thrown around the Etihad and on current form it is easy to see why. They have won 15 consecutive games and appear to have the talent to go toe to toe with any team. Although they faced tough tests against Napoli in the Champions League, they came out on top in both games. They are already eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and have an impressive squad depth that suggests injuries to a key player or two may not put a dent in their title hopes. Several new players were signed in the summer and they appear to have gelled well with the existing squad.
ESPN wonder if City will have the title wrapped up by Christmas, as a continuation of their current form would make it extremely difficult for any other club to catch them. While City have had impressive early runs and fallen away before, there is a feeling that there are fewer weaknesses at the club this time around and they have the quality to hold off other challengers in the event of a wobble.
Kyle Walker, City's new right back, has even suggested that a good season could lead to the club establishing themselves as the force to be reckoned with in Europe. Pep Guardiola previously turned Barcelona into the dominant force on the continent and he could do the same with City. Although they are relatively untested against the elite clubs of Europe, Guardiola's boys would appear to fancy their chances against anyone.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also described City as having the potential to be "unstoppable", but in a somewhat less complimentary manner. City beat Arsenal 3-1 but the Gunners manager was not happy about perceived referee assistance. While one of City's goals should have clearly been disallowed for offside, Wenger was particularly unhappy with a penalty that was awarded to his opponents for a foul on Raheem Sterling. The Arsenal manager was insistent that the City winger dived and suggested that refereeing decisions could hand them victory.