Liverpool legend John Barnes has laughed off the idea of Arsenal being Premier League title contenders and insists it is only a two-horse race.

Barnes’ former club currently sit top of the table with 57 points after 25 games and they are the only team to have denied Manchester City in recent years.

City have lifted five of the last six Premier League trophies with Liverpool the sole side to stop it becoming six in a row after they tasted glory in the 2019-20 season.

But Arsenal pushed City all the way last term – topping the table for 248 days – the most for a team who failed to win the title in English top-flight history.

The Gunners look strong again this season and currently sit second, two points behind leaders Liverpool, while City are third having played a game less.

Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-1 earlier this month and followed that up by recording huge 6-0 and 5-0 wins over West Ham and Burnley respectively.

But Barnes is not worried about the north Londoners, who have not win the top-flight title in 20 years, as he told Premier League Productions: ‘City are the favourites, I make Liverpool the second favourites.

‘Arsenal were in a better position last year, but I’ve said since the Premier League started: March, April is when you really start to look at who the runners and riders are, because you have teams like Aston Villa and Tottenham who [looked like contenders] six weeks ago.

‘When you’re coming into the end of February and March, it’s all about can you just get a result, and Man City are all-conquering, all dominant in that respect.

‘Liverpool for me are the closest challengers because there are certain games where Liverpool haven’t played well but have got a result.

Arsenal have to play well to win and if they don’t play well they may not win, and that is why as much as they’re doing well now, I still think it’s between Man City and Liverpool.

‘Liverpool winning [this weekend] is going to put the pressure on. Man City will handle that pressure.

‘City won’t get nervous that Liverpool are getting away from them because they are such an incredible team. Liverpool playing first will affect Arsenal but not Man City.’