Alan Shearer has backed Arsenal to win the Premier League 22/23 title ahead of defending champions Manchester City.
Arsenal sits at the top of the Premier League points table and the Gunners have a two-point over second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand.
Arsenal came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 4-2 in their most recent fixture, and, Alan Shearer believes, in doing so the north London outfit also sent a message out to Manchester City.
In the Arsenal vs Aston Villa fixture, the latter took the lead in the fifth minute through Ollie Watkins. After Bukayo Saka equalized for Arsenal, Philippe Coutinho sent Villa ahead in the 31st minute. But Arsenal pulled off a comeback in the second half, with goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko & Gabriel Martinelli and an own goal from Emiliano Martinez helping the Gunners get the better of Villa.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, Alan Shearer backed Arsenal to see off the Premier League title challenge from Manchester City.
“I know Thomas Partey is out injury at the moment, but if Arsenal can get him back and then have a little bit of luck between now and the end of the season with keeping their key players fit, I think they will do it, I really do,” Alan Shearer said.
“Based on the second half, Arsenal deserved the three points today. But they didn’t just get the win, they sent a message out to Manchester City too. Sometimes you just need to find a way to win and they did that in the second half.
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“When you look back at the game against Man City [Arsenal lost 3-1], they made two huge errors and got punished for them. They missed some big chances as well and that was the difference between the teams.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City, who had defeated Arsenal earlier this week and moved to the top of the Premier League table, were held to a 1-1 draw by Nottingham Forest in their most recent fixture. The result saw Man City drop two points.
Arsenal now have 54 points from 23 matches in the Premier League so far this season. Manchester City, meanwhile, have 52 points from 24 matches.
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