Arsenal given rude awakening by pundit over title hopes despite ‘passing big Tottenham test’

Former Sheffield United and Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny believes Arsenal have no chance of winning the Premier League title, despite sitting top of the table after eight games.

The Gunners have been hugely impressive this season, having won seven of their eight games under Mikel Arteta, with their only Premier League defeat coming at Manchester United.

Arsenal also ended Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the season when they cruised to a 3-1 north London derby victory on Saturday.

That success put them four points clear at the top, although Manchester City reduced that to one on Sunday after mauling Manchester United.

But despite their superb start, Kenny cannot see the Gunners getting the better of City over 38 games.

However, the former Republic of Ireland stopper states that is no reason for Arsenal to be disheartened.

He told Football Insider: “I’m convinced Man City will win it easily, I’m sorry to say.

“I do think Arsenal have progressed massively from last season. We can all see that but a top-four finish, for me, has to be the aim for them this season.

“Get back in the Champions League and go from there. It’s progress. I think they will, with the way things are going at the minute, they are top-four contenders.”

City just too strong for Arsenal

Any other season, Arsenal would have been considered genuine title challengers. However, Kenny is in awe of City and just cannot see a way past Pep Guardiola’s men.

He added: “For the title, I’m sorry to say, the brutal truth is I just can’t look past Man City. It’s a long old season and I can’t see past them.

“Fair play to Arsenal, they have had a comfortable start to the season. Bar the Man United match, which they lost, the Tottenham game was their biggest test and they have passed it.

“They have more steel in them this year.

“It’s about progression and they are progressing.”

Arsenal’s next league outing is the visit of struggling Liverpool to The Emirates on Sunday.

By that time they may well have been knocked off top spot by City, who face Southampton 24 hours earlier.

Sunday’s clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men could go a long way to convincing many doubters of Arsenal’s title credentials.

Indeed, beating Tottenham and Liverpool in successive weeks would be some achievement for Arteta’s men – it’s just a shame that Erling Haaland-led City are so good.

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