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Villa boss claims it's too early for predicting Premiership winners

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says there are too many games to play to contemplate predicting where the Premier League title will be heading this season. Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates on Sunday to move five points clear at the top.

He told Sky Sports News: "It's not Chelsea's to lose because there's so, so many games to go.

"You are talking about sides that are chasing them like Manchester United who have won so many championships in the last ten or 12 years that you would think that they are capable of chasing anyone down.

"Chelsea are a very fine side, I said that after - ironically enough - when we beat them a few weeks ago that any side that finishes in front of them would probably win the championship and Manchester United are chasing them.

"It is a setback to Arsenal who I in my own view this season - I don't mean to be patronising or anything - I think they have played some great stuff.

"Obviously a massive blow to lose a centre forward with the ability of (Robin) van Persie, even more so when he hasn't been injured playing for his club.

"But no, the sides up there are very, very strong and I think that Chelsea show that week in, week out, that's why I've got the utmost regard."

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