Former Liverpool and Arsenal player Jermaine Pennant has praised Arsenal’s strong start to the season but believes the Gunners will struggle after Christmas.
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Arsenal has won nine of ten games and currently leads the league table with 27 points. Manchester City, the bookies’ favourite, are second, four points behind the Gunners.
The mood at the Emirates is currently upbeat, with fans dreaming of a title charge, but Pennant is not convinced of their credentials.
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He revealed on talkSPORT:
“I think that Arsenal, after Christmas, will cookie crumble like they did the year before to drop out of the Champions League spots.”
“What [Mikel] Arteta has done at Arsenal, where they were two, three seasons ago and what they are doing now, is absolutely amazing.”
“We are giving Arsenal a lot of praise about where they are going and how they have conducted themselves in the first ten games.But it is all about will they maintain that, will they continue that after Christmas?”
“We have seen a lot of teams come flying out the blocks and then as soon as the Christmas period comes and the games come thick and fast, they slip over easily. If Liverpool don’t clinch the title, I’ll be over the moon if Arsenal win it.”