Arsenal legend, Robert Pires has given his opinion on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side this season and has provided the Gunners with some advice as they attempt to win the club’s first league title in 19 years.
Robert Pires was an integral part of the last Arsenal squad to win the Premier league in 2003/04. The Frenchman played 36 games for the Gunners in the Invincible season, scoring 14 goals & recording 9 assists.
This season Bukayo Saka has been compared to the Arsenal legend with the 21-year-old featuring in every game for Mikel Arteta’s side so far this season, scoring 12 goals & recording 10 assists.
Robert Pires spoke to MyBettingSites.co.uk on Arsenal’s key players for the title race, their comparison to ‘Invincibles’, how City’s focus on the Champions League can benefit the Gunners and more…
Arsenal’s key players for the title race and comparison to ‘Invincibles’ and 2001-02 squad:
“I really like the Ramsdale-Gabriel Magalhaes-Xhaka-Saka axis. They complement each other very well and have fun playing together. It’s always difficult to compare two completely different eras (when asked about similarites to the Invincibles and the 2001-02 squad).
We were more experienced then than the squad brings now. And there are fewer Frenchmen than back then (laughs).”
Arsenal can defend the lead because of Man City’s focus on the Champions League:
“Now we have to deliver in this final spurt of the season. It will be anything but easy to stay on top until the end because the pressure will be immense and Manchester City are more experienced to handle the pressure.
Nevertheless, I think Arsenal have a good chance of defending their lead until the end, also because City will put everything on the line to finally win the Champions League.”
Gunners would be fantastic champions this season but next season will be tougher”
“First of all, it’s about the Gunners continuing this run and rewarding themselves with the title. They really deserve it. Arsenal would be a fantastic champion.
Arsenal also need to be able to deal with any minor setback quickly and get right back on the winning track the following game so as not to doubt themselves.
Of course, in the future, teams like Man City, Manchester United or even Chelsea and Liverpool will have better financial possibilities to remain competitive at the highest level, that is clear.
Next season it will be much harder for Arsenal with the added burden of the Champions League.”
All quotes from MyBettingSites.co.uk.
After drawing last time out at Anfield, Arsenal travel to the London Stadium on Sunday to take on West Ham United. With eight games to play, the Gunners currently sit six points clear at the top, however Manchester City do have a game in hand.