William Gallas claims World Cup break could help Arsenal beat Manchester City in title race
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 08, 2022 - 09:56AM
Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli are going to the World Cup with Brazil (Photo: Getty)

Former Arsenal defender William Gallas believes that the upcoming break could help the Gunners win the Premier League ahead of .

After 13 games, Arsenal and City sit at the top of the table and look to be the clear favourites to claim the title.

While the Citizens are currently two points off the leaders, many expect ’s side to be crowned champions for the fifth time in six seasons given just how strong their squad is and their record over the years.

But Arsenal’s sensational form so far in 2022/23 has given hope that the Gunners can win their first title since the Invincibles triumph of 2003/04.

There is just one more round of league fixtures before the break for the World Cup in Qatar, with the season set to resume on Boxing Day, and there is concern that the month-long rest could kill Arsenal’s, and indeed any other in-form team’s, momentum.

But Gallas thinks that this may give his former side an advantage over City, as he explained to : ‘I think the World Cup can help Arsenal because they have a couple less international players who are going to the World Cup.

‘So that will be very interesting when you play the World Cup because in the middle of the season, you have to play in Qatar it’s going to be very warm but after the World Cup you come back to England and there will be a big difference in preparation and it will be hard.

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Japan star Takehiro Tomiyasu is also heading to Qatar (Photo: Getty)

‘So that’s why I think Arsenal have a great opportunity because they have a few less players going to the World Cup. So they have to grab that opportunity.’

Countries competing in Qatar are announcing their squads this week, and so far three Arsenal stars have been called up, namely Brazil duo Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, as well as Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Other Gunners nailed on to go include England’s Bukayo Saka, Ghana’s Thomas Partey and Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka, but Mikel Arteta will still have some big players at home to train with including Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney.

City meanwhile are expected to lose the majority of their squad to the World Cup, having been the most represented club at the 2018 edition with 16 players going to Russia on that occasion.

‘I hope Manchester City don’t win it [the Premier League]!’ Gallas added.

‘I hope it is a London club who win the league. Arsenal have a great opportunity, and they have to carry on.

‘It will not be easy to stay in that position because you have to play every three days, mentally and physically you can be tired. And if you compare the squad with Manchester City to Arsenal, you can see they have the stronger squad.’


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