Ex-Arsenal stars believe they can win Prem title under Arteta

Lewis Oldham
Former Arsenal man Wilshere

Jack Wilshere and Sol Campbell both believe that Arsenal are capable of winning the Premier League under their current coach Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners started the 2021/22 campaign poorly as they lost their first three league games. These defeats came against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.

But a run of five straight wins across all competitions has seen them rise up to fourth in the Premier League. They have also booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

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Arsenal face Man City on New Year’s Day in the Premier League. Ahead of that clash, they were four points clear of their nearest rivals, but West Ham, Man Utd and Tottenham have games in hand on them.

Wilshere has told talkSPORT that he believes Arsenal are capable of winning the league in a few years:

“I think with the right backing and bringing the right players in. He definitely has a clear structure and philosophy of the way he sees football and the way he wants to play.

“Listen, they’re not going to win the league this year, but in the next two or three years if they can get into the top four, get a few big signings in, give them time to settle and see how the manager wants them to play.

“Then I’m going to put it out there – I think they can [win the Premier League title], yeah.”

Sol Campbell agrees with Wilshere. The former Arsenal defender thinks they can win the title “in the next two or three years”:

“I saw Jack talking… in the next two or three years if they bring the right players in, there’s a possibility, yes of course there is. They are that close,” Campbell said.

“At the moment Man City are just steamrolling it, they’re unbelievable the way they’re putting teams away, in both tight games and with big scores. It shows they’ve got that fantastic winning mentality that they can hold their nerve in tight games and also blow teams away.

“But Arsenal, I think yeah, if they get the right players in, why not?

“They’re going really well, Arteta has got them firing, they’ve had big results as well – 5-0 against Norwich and 4-1 away at Leeds – if you want to show purpose you’ve got to beat teams like that at the bottom, sweep them aside and carry on.

“They’re going really, really well. A couple of the results have not gone their way, and they started the season poorly, but they’ve recovered. It’s a great test for them, but I think they can go all the way.

“They’ve got fantastic players who are in great form. Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, all these players are playing well, Ramsdale has brought so much life to the team. So why not [win the league] – go for it!”