Arsenal told to ‘enjoy’ easy start as they have ‘no chance’ of winning the Premier League

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta celebrates a goal Credit: PA Images
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta celebrates a goal Credit: PA Images

Arsenal have “no chance” of winning the Premier League and their fans should “enjoy the start for what it is”, according to bubble-burster Stan Collymore.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League with a 100 per cent record after five games ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Manchester United will likely provide a real test of their quality after fixtures against newly promoted Fulham and Bournemouth, struggling pair Leicester and Aston Villa, and Crystal Palace.

While Collymore has been impressed with Arsenal’s start, he believes they have “no chance” of maintaining a title challenge this season.

“I’m willing to stick my neck on the line right now and tell all those Gooners who think they will be challenging for the title after five wins from five that they simply have no chance,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror.

“The smart money is on Manchester City to win the Premier League by anything between nine and 15 points. And history tells me that Arsenal won’t be anywhere near them at the pointy end of the season.

“Just look at the gap they have to close – 24 points last season – and reflect on the previous seven or eight years. There is nothing to suggest they can now mount a serious challenge, even after starting brightly.

“What baffles me is that supporters and pundits alike seem to regularly suffer from collective amnesia when it comes to remembering how seasons pan out. It’s not a case of teams playing 38 games on beautiful sunny days in front of a really enthusiastic crowd.”

He added: “They are one of the best teams on the planet at playing when there’s no pressure, no stress, no hassle, when the pitches are beautiful and the days long and sunny.”

Arsenal’s Europa League campaign starts next week before an October schedule which will see them face Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City inside three weeks.

He concludes: “It’s not as if the team has faced a really tough test yet – at least three of their five games have been against teams who could well end up in a relegation scrap.

“So while I’ve enjoyed watching Arsenal’s performances, their fans need to enjoy the start for what it is. And if your club does get to third or fourth, I will say, ‘Well done, you were right to give Arteta the time and money to do what he has done’.

“Although qualification for the Champions League still isn’t winning the title, is it?”

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