Arsenal have been branded ‘bottlers’ and ‘a failure’ recently after they let their lead at the top of the Premier League table slip which has all but crowned Manchester City champions once again.
However Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher doesn’t agree with the claims that Arsenal have bottled the Premier League title this season and he still thinks the Gunners have had a successful campaign, even with a second place finish.
Pep Guardiola’s side are set to win their fifth league title in the last six years after winning 11 league games in a row and closing the gap on the Gunners with only two games remaining. Manchester City are also close to achieving a historic treble with an FA Cup & Champions League final still to come.
Arsenal will almost-certainly finish as runners-up this season however Jamie Carragher feels Mikel Arteta’s side should be praised for pushing this City team all the way, rather than the mocked for letting the title get away.
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Via The Telegraph, Carragher said: “Until the last few years, a traditional top-six side could go into the season believing it’s possible to emerge from the pack with good coaching and recruitment, string together enough victories to collect the 80 plus points and, at the very least, guarantee a title challenge.”
“That has changed. Between 2007 and 2017, the champions hit the 90 point mark once.”
“City’s points totals in three of their last four title wins are 100, 98, and 93. They are on course for 94 points this time. The points tally of the runners-up in those years is 81, 97 and 92.”
“Arsenal could still earn 88 points this time. That’s an incredible return for a side that has spent the past week being branded ‘failures’.
“Whether it’s Arsenal this season, or Liverpool in the two years they just fell short, we have to rethink the idea that a team has ‘choked’ or ‘blown their chance’ because they do not keep the pace with a deeper and greater resourced squad led by the ultimate coach.”
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