Chris Waddle is another one doubting Arsenal’s title chances

Former England player Chris Waddle has doubted Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title as he expects the campaign to be different when players return from the World Cup.

The Gunners have been superb this season and are five points clear at the top of the league table before the World Cup.

Several of their players are competing with their nations in the tournament and it is likely to play an important role on their fitness and morale when they return.

Waddle believes Manchester City will eventually topple Arsenal to win the title.

He tells The Sun:

“I think Arsenal have a very focused manager, a decent squad I would say. But his men have to come back on a high.

“I don’t think Arsenal will win it, I think City will win it. I wouldn’t rate Liverpool coming in the top four. I wouldn’t write Liverpool off, I wouldn’t write off Man Utd for the top four, Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

We did not plan to win the Premier League title this season and shouldn’t put ourselves under pressure now that we are at the top.

It is great to stay humble and know we are not the favourites, but we need to earn a return to the top four.

Hopefully, our players will return in good shape and high spirits prepared to keep winning in the second half of the season.

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  1. Let the pundits doubt our chances as that ‘should’ ease the pressure of currently being top dog. If we slip up then it won’t be a surprise to the know alls. The expectations put on last season’s top4 to continue to prove their worth will be immense

    No point worrying about it now.

  2. “I wouldn’t rate Liverpool coming in the top four, I wouldn’t write Liverpool off.” Make your mind up Waddle.

    Also he says that the Arsenal players have to come back on a high. What about the players from other clubs ? Are they exempt ?

  3. Its a good feeling sitting five points clear on top of the league and not favorite, this will play on players and coaches mind alike and in turn creates pressure, this will where mental strength comes in but both Pep and the gaffer will be pump up for it.

    Contrary to Dan Smith remarks that the Kroenke won’t be spending any money in the Winter and using last January as example am afraid that wont be the case.

    The gaffer has back the Kroenke into a corner and the owner may now well think they have no choice but to back the manager, that may now be just the small matter of the size war chest come January.

    A fan once wrote Arteta is smart and hungry and that’s a dangerous combination for Arsenal.

  4. Funny all these pundits so dismissive of our title chances, I hope they don’t change their tune when we exceed their expectation of us and keep pace. I think there is a real possibility that we could even extend our lead at top of the table come February. If we compare both teams fixture list from boxing day to mid February, you will notice City play Chelsea twice (inc FA cup tie) Spurs twice, Man Utd (A) Arsenal (A), Liverpool (League Cup tie) in a congested period, whereas our stand out difficult games are Newcastle home, Spurs (A) Man Utd (A), Man City (A). So whilst we have challenging run theirs is horrendous, obviously strengthening the squad in the transfer window will really help hammer this home.

  5. Injuries may come to play a role before the season ends. Losing Jesus, Partey, Xhaka, Saliba, Gabriel, or Ramsdale could see us struggle and try to muddle through.

    Same could be said of City to a degree. if they lose KD or Haaland for significant time they could struggle for results also.

    Far too many ifs and buts to make any predictions with confidence; it’s just guessing at this point.

    Top 4 was always the goal, but make hay while the sun is shining. City has to outplay us in the 2nd half of the season, win 2 more games than we do.

    We are a tough team to break down, and if opponents add numbers to the attack, our speed makes us extra dangerous on counters.

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