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Arsenal Will Not Win the Premier League Says Alan Hansen: Daily Soccer Report

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Match of The Day pundit Alan Hansen believes that Arsenal will not win the Premier League this season.

Hansen, writing in his weekly Telegraph column, said:

“Despite their hugely impressive reaction since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, which has enabled them to move clear at the top of the table, I still believe that Arsenal will end the campaign in fourth place.

“Last season’s top three – Manchester United, City and Chelsea – will be there again, but not necessarily in that order, leaving Arsenal to claim fourth. They clearly have an embarrassment of riches in the middle of the pitch and genuinely multi-talented players in Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey, but their critical flaw is that they are just not good enough when they do not have the ball.

“And with Arsenal now entering a run of fixtures in which they face Liverpool and United in the league, followed by games against City and Chelsea in December, the weaknesses that opponents have not exploited so far will come under much greater scrutiny.

Arsenal have started well and given themselves a chance, but only now, when they start to face the big teams, will their true credentials be borne out.”

Arsenal fans will remember that this is the same Hansen who said that United can’t win anything with kids.

United went on to win the league and FA Cup that season.

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7 Responses to Arsenal Will Not Win the Premier League Says Alan Hansen: Daily Soccer Report

  1. Marc L says:

    I don’t disagree with any of this. I don’t bet, but if I did I’d feature Chelsea or either Manchester team more than Arsenal for eventual League Champions at this point.

  2. Rob says:

    Hansen is still bent out of shape about Anfield ’89. He has an anti-Arsenal agenda.

  3. dust says:

    So by quoting Hanses’s biggest on the record faux pas in this article, this means he is wrong this time too?

  4. He probably hasn’t heard that Podolski and Walcott are returning soon

  5. CTBlues says:

    Pro Soccer Talk might want to update that MLS Playoff schedule article because NBCSN is covering all the games before Sunday.

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