Pundit picks out one reason Arsenal can’t win PL title

Date published: Monday 19th August 2019 8:59

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Arsenal don’t have a chance of winning the Premier League title because of their leaky defence, according to former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol.

The Gunners have got off to the perfect start in the Premier League with an away win at Newcastle United and a home victory over Burnley giving them maximum points so far this term.

It is the first time in ten years that Arsenal have won their opening two Premier League matches of the season, however Nicol doesn’t think fans should get ahead of themselves.

“No they can’t [win the title],” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“They can’t defend well enough, as simple as that. They can score goals, yeah [they’re fun to watch].

“[Nicolas] Pepe was running with the ball, running at defenders, all the things we love to see. You can’t argue that they defended well against Burnley.

“The goal Burnley got was just a fluke. Other than that, against Burnley it’s not always about winning the first ball. It’s about winning the second one.

“Arsenal won all the important second balls in their own box. So you can’t say they didn’t defend well today.

“The problem is, how consistent are they going to be throughout the season defensively? So that’s the reason I would say they can’t win it.”

 

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