Arsenal legend Robert Pires names five teams that will challenge for the Premier League title next season
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 14
Robert Pires won two Premier League titles at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Robert Pires fears next season will be ‘much harder’ for as he expects and three other clubs to challenge the Gunners for the Premier League title.

Arsenal find themselves with eight games of the 2022-23 season remaining.

While the Gunners have been in sensational form – winning 23 of their 30 league games – they have undoubtedly benefited from a slight drop-off from their rivals.

Manchester City have won their last nine games in all competitions but endured a slightly drop-off earlier in the season, while .

But two-time Premier League winner Pires expects struggling Liverpool and Chelsea to bounce back next season and join Arsenal, Man City and Man United in the hunt for the title.

The Gunners legend said: ‘Of course, in the future, teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and even Chelsea and Liverpool will have better financial possibilities to remain competitive at the highest level, that is clear.

‘So next season it will be much harder for Arsenal, especially with the added burden of the Champions League.’

Mikel Arteta’s side are battling Manchester City for the title (Picture: Getty)

Discussing the current title race, ex-France winger Pires added in an interview with : ‘First of all, it’s about Arsenal continuing this run and rewarding themselves with the title.

‘They really deserve it. Arsenal would be a fantastic champion. But they 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.

‘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.’

Pires also picked out four Arsenal players for praise as the Gunners chase a first league title since the 2004 triumph under Arsene Wenger.

‘I really like Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Magalhaes, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka,’ the 49-year-old said. ‘They complement each other very well and have fun playing together.’

Arsenal continue their Premier League title charge on Sunday with a trip across London to face David Moyes’ West Ham. Manchester City return to action tomorrow as they host struggling Leicester City.


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