Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League table, eight points clear of title challengers, Manchester City with 10 games left to play & a few pundits have made their end of season predictions on who will be crowned Premier League champions…
Arsenal are aiming to win their first Premier League title in 19 years, with their last league win coming in the famous 2003/04 Invincibles season, when they won the league with 90 points.
Arsenal currently have more wins this season after 28 games, than the Invincibles did in 2003/04. That’s how well Mikel Arteta’s team is performing so far this season. However with two months left to go, nothing has been won yet…
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A huge couple of months remain for Arsenal, with some huge fixtures coming up for Mikel Arteta’s side. The Gunners still have to face Manchester City at the Etihad, as well as travelling to Liverpool & Newcastle as well.
If they can navigate past them, then Mikel Arteta’s side have a massive chance at landing a first league title in years in North London, which no one expected at the beginning of the season.
Here are the words from a few pundits who have made their end of season predictions already with two months left to play…
Gary Neville has backed Mikel Arteta to win the Premier League’s manager of the year award, even if his side don’t manage to win the Premier League this season…
Speaking on Sky Sports in January, Gary Neville said:
“The reason why Arteta is manager of the year if he finishes third, second or first is because at the end of the last season I thought he was in significant trouble.
Third, second or first… I would say that is still a great season. I know Arsenal fans from this position and maybe even Mikel Arteta would say that would be disappointing – but it would be a great season. It would be.”
Former Arsenal player Paul Merson believes that if Arsenal won all three games out of Fulham, Crystal Palace and Leeds then the Gunners will go on to win the league this season. Arsenal have claimed maximum points from the first two clashes, with the final game against Leeds up next after the international break.
Paul Merson said:
“I think they win the league. They just keep on going and don’t know when they’re beaten. It’s four Premier League wins on the trot and you’ve got to remember the roll they were on before they started winning those games.
They went 1-0 down at Villa after 10 minutes when they hadn’t won for three games, had just been well beaten by Man City and they bounced back. They’ve been brilliant and the next three games will be defining for me. If they win them, I don’t see how they don’t win it.
After Senesi scores for Bournemouth’s second, you think the worst way out here is 2-2. Then Thomas Partey scores and White scores, which was provided by Reiss Nelson. And what a goal it was from him. Bournemouth probably had the better chances at stages. They didn’t pick the right pass when they counter-attacked. They’ll be devastated in the dressing room.
But what I like about Arsenal is they keep on going, they pen you in. When the ball goes in the box, there aren’t too many players in the box, they’re more all out of the box to keep them pressed in, then the ball comes out and they go again. It was relentless.”
Lastly, Jamie Carragher has had his say on who will win the Premier League title this season, with the former Liverpool man saying this after Arsenal’s last gasp winner against Bournemouth a few weeks ago…
Jamie Carragher went on to predict who he thinks will win the title this season…
“I’ve always had the feeling that if you want to win the league you have to score late goals, but the thing that strikes me is the quality of the goals. I was in the car, and I was celebrating! You’ll have the fun police saying they shouldn’t be celebrating. If Arsenal win the league, Reiss Nelson will be an Arsenal legend. Those Steve Bruce goals (when Manchester United won their first Premier League title) are still talked about now.
When Man City score in the last minute we say “great mentality”, but because it’s Arsenal we’re saying “oh, they’re choking, they’ve got to score in the last minute because they’re not playing well enough”.
But that narrative will change if they win the title. We’ll be saying something different next season.”
“I’ve been going Arsenal of late. I do think it’s a 50/50. I do think Arsenal need the lead that they’ve got on Manchester City. I think City are stronger in a lot of areas in terms of what they’ve got off the bench to change a game, and I just think that Arsenal need to get to the international break in the same position.”
Well Arsenal have got to the international break in the same position. With 10 games to go & an 8 point lead, it appears the Gunners are slowly becoming favourites to lift the trophy come May.