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Arsenal´s season a positive step even if title eludes them, says Parlour

SoccerNews in English Premier League 10 May 2024


Arsenal will be better for the experience of pushing Manchester City close even if they fail to capture the Premier League title this season, says former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour.

Having dropped away during the run-in as City captured their third straight title in 2022-23, Mikel Arteta’s side have kicked on this campaign and currently hold a one-point lead at the summit.

However, City have three games to play to Arsenal’s two, leaving the Gunners praying for a slip-up from the champions, who face Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham in their remaining fixtures.

While Parlour finds it difficult to see City dropping points at this stage, he believes this season has been another positive step for Arteta’s team, whatever the outcome.

Parlour, an ambassador for NetBet, told Stats Perform: “I think it’s been so positive this season.

“Even if they do come second, I think they’ve got better from last year and that’s all you can keep doing, keep improving.

“We all know Man City are an absolute machine. Arsenal just have to keep trying to improve. It’s a young team, they’ll learn every year by going close, by playing big games. It can only be good for them.

“I’m sure they’ll be looking in the market in the summer, trying to get the right people in. I think it’s been positive.

“The problem is you set the bar high and it’s not going to get lower, it’s got to go a little bit higher again. That’s the hard bit, to keep maintaining the consistency, what you’ve done so far.”

City are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League games (16 wins, four draws). They have won each of their last six while netting four or more goals in five of them – against Aston Villa (4-1), Crystal Palace (4-2), Luton Town (5-1), Brighton and Hove Albion (4-0) and Wolves (5-1).

Parlour admits the champions’ form is ominous and believes Arsenal will look back on last month’s 2-0 defeat to Villa with plenty of regrets, saying: “All they can do is keep winning games.

“I look at Man City’s run-in, I just can’t see them dropping a point, that’s my problem. Football’s a funny game, so it can happen. I’ve seen Crystal Palace go to the Etihad and beat them, but it doesn’t happen too often, especially towards the end of the season.

“Arsenal have really pushed them all the way. They’ll be kicking themselves a little bit with the Aston Villa game, but sometimes games don’t go your way.”

Ray Parlour was speaking on behalf of NetBet Sports Betting.


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