|The best thing that could happen to the Premier League this season is an Arsenal title triumph.|
English football's elite division is already the most popular domestic club competition worldwide and the Gunners finishing in top spot would help to cement its appeal.
Why? Because it would demonstrate the competitiveness that contributes to making the Premier League so popular.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich may have proven superior to the Premier League's best in recent Champions League campaigns, but those giants all reside in domestic divisions with reputations for being less competitive than England's top flight.
While no club has retained the Premier League title in the past six seasons (and that will soon be extended to seven, courtesy of Chelsea), Bayern are almost certain to win their fourth Bundesliga in a row in the coming months.
In Italy, Juventus have won the past four Serie A titles, Paris Saint-Germain are on course to win their fourth French Ligue 1 championship in succession, while Barcelona have claimed four of the six Spanish titles this decade, in a run that includes seven titles in the last 11 Liga campaigns.
Real Madrid managed to win three Liga titles in that time, and only twice since 2004 has a club other than the two traditional Spanish giants gatecrashed Spain's top two (Atletico Madrid in 2014 and Villarreal in 2008).
By contrast, the Premier League feels like a more evenly balanced competition, which is evident in the fact the title has changed hands every season this decade, and that helps boost its appeal to fans who want an element of surprise.
But in reality, the past decade has seen the Premier League title dominated by three clubs: Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
That is why, if English football's top flight really wants to live up to its reputation for competitiveness, it would be magnificent to see Arsenal claim the crown for the first time since 2004.
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