Gavin Neville: Arsenal F.C. Can't Win The League. They Will Finish In Third Place at Best, and It Will Annoy Their Fans

Braimoh Usman Daniel
18 Jan 2023
20:30

According to recent statistics, Arsenal FC now has a 55% chance to win this season's English Premier League trophy. As fortunate as this sounds, it is worth noting that most times, marathon races are not ultimately won by the fastest runners. Arteta's gambles in the game may look to have tightened rough challenges, but many feel that he may be doing a little too much - and expect an eventual blowback.

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Would Arteta's '"gamble" continue to pay off?
Would Arteta's '"gamble" continue to pay off?

Despite pleas from a great number of concerned fans to fortify the left wing, where Bukayo Ayoyinka Saka hurls his missile-quality crosses, it is rather surprising that he seemingly considers reinforcing the center-forward position while relying on Fabio Viera, Gabriel Jesus, and 23-year-old Reiss Nelson to fill in the huge boots created by the young Nigerian whiz.

Arsenal may have no close replacement for Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal may have no close replacement for Bukayo Saka.
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What frightens the most is that the very exact reluctance conceived in the purchase of Murkahlo Mudryk that caused fellow English football Club Chelsea FC to sabotage his transfer efforts seems to be at play here. Do you know that at the moment, the club is still in talks over Rafael Leao (another Center Forward), despite knowing fully well that there is no capable replacement for the left wing?

Murkhalo Murdryk (Ukranian Neymar) in Chelsea F.C. colours
Murkhalo Murdryk (Ukranian Neymar) in Chelsea F.C. colours

Murdryk's swift Chelsea move spurred numerous reactions from disappointed fans. Some aggrieved at him, and others splashing disappointing remarks at the administration. Mixed reactions following Murdryk's move to Arsenal as reported by the fans include:

If Arsenal loses tomorrow and Chelsea sign Mudryk. Think that’s it for us.

@arvin_TR28

If after all this, all this claiming that he wants Arsenal, he goes to Chelsea, then Arsenal is better off without him, it would never have been about the club, it would just be about a move. If you wanna go to a club that's 10th, rather than top, it says it all.

@johnston277

The player is open to getting it done, but we lost him already. Tired of Arsenal and transfers. It’s the end."

Another concerned fan

It is also rumored that the club is at future risk of losing Captain Martin Odegaard to Spanish Los Blancos side, Real Madrid where he initially played. The Spanish side was reported to have been closely monitoring his success in the English Premier League and may return to claim his services.

Regardless of all this rancid gossip, the move for Barcelona's Raphinia still seems shady. However, more light is being shed on a possible transfer for Brighton's Leandro Trossard. Also, talks are behind doors for AC Milan's Rafael Leao, who greatly impressed everyone in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament held in Qatar.

Regardless, Steven Warnock, ex-footballer turned pundit, while speaking on Football Daily's THE FOOTBALL SHOW, claimed that the club's sudden rise only happened courtesy of the fall of other top teams. He also claimed that if rival club Newcastle were to break banks to strengthen the team, they would pose a major threat to the Champions of North London.

"If Other teams stop being careless, Arsenal can't be in first place" - or so they say...
"If Other teams stop being careless, Arsenal can't be in first place" - or so they say...
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 Still yet to make their first transfer this season, here are a couple of names we think the Arsenal jersey may be seen on before the end of the season:

Declan Rice (West Ham United)

Yeremy Pino (Villareal)

Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)

Raphinha (F.C Barcelona)

Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus F.C)

Arsenal currently leading the race for Declan Rice
Arsenal currently leading the race for Declan Rice

Gary Neville, Ex Player, Pundit, and Commentator for Sky Sports, in a recent chat on his podcast, asserted that irrespective of the club's "breakthrough", they would finish below Manchester City. He conclusively tipped the current League leaders to finish in third place.

His reason was that, at some point, Manchester City was going to pick up a run of form; and if that eventually happened, they had Arsenal to play against on two detailed occasions. He also suggested that Arsenal's smooth sails were going to hit rough winds sooner, than later - adding that the team may not be able to bounce back from a futuristic combination of two draws and a loss.

Arsenal's smooth sails are going to hit rough winds sooner … and they may not bounce back.
Arsenal's smooth sails are going to hit rough winds sooner … and they may not bounce back.
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So, what do you think? After reading all these, do you still think Arsenal's chances to win the league remain solid, or would you rather watch how things unfold?

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