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Pundit admits he doubted Arsenal’s title-winning ability, makes U-TURN after recent win

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Danny Murphy was a BBC pundit for the Arsenal vs Liverpool, Premier League clash at the Emirates stadium on Sunday, Febuary, 4, 2024 .

After watching Mikel Arteta’s men gun-down table-toppers Liverpool, Murphy openly admitted to underestimating Arsenal’s potential early this season.

He went on to make a U-TURN, saying he now believes Arsenal could mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

Speaking after Arsenal’s impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool, Murphy praised Mikel Arteta’s side for their performance and acknowledged that he had been wrong to doubt them earlier in the campaign.

Murphy said: “Well I, like many others, doubted whether Arsenal were going to be able to keep the pace with Liverpool and Manchester City. “I shouldn’t have. I was wrong to doubt them. They’re a hell of a side. ”

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Murphy highlighted Arsenal’s intensity, quality, and game management as key factors in their recent success, suggesting that if they maintain this level of performance, they could be genuine contenders for the title.

He listed Arsenal’s strengths and encouraged fans to be optimistic about the team’s prospects moving forward.

“And if they play with that level of intensity and quality from now until the end of the season, they’ll be pushing.

“It was a brilliant first-half performance, and great game management late in the game. So many good things from them. Lots for Arsenal fans to be pleased about.”

However, Murphy also acknowledged the threat posed by Manchester City, who currently sit ahead of Arsenal on goal difference with a game in hand.

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Arsenal Captain, Martin Odegaard really enjoyed the win over Liverpool (Image Credit: Getty Images)

He pointed out that City’s ability to go on runs in the second half of the season makes them formidable opponents and suggested that the title race is far from over.

Looking ahead, Murphy identified upcoming fixtures against top teams like Manchester City as key moments for Arsenal.

He emphasized the importance of securing wins in other matches to remain competitive and capitalize on any opportunities that may arise in the title race.

Overall, Murphy’s analysis reflects a newfound respect for Arsenal’s capabilities and a recognition of their potential to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

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