Arsenal legend insists Gunners are still in Premier League title race

  • Arsenal kept pace with league leaders Liverpool, and former Gunner Paul Merson thinks Mikel Arteta's side are still well and truly in the title race
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Arsenal bounced back into form with a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, and former Gunner Paul Merson thinks Mikel Arteta's team are still in the title race.

Arsenal snapped their three-game losing streak in dominant fashion, disposing of Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

Labelled as a "must-win" due to the Gunners falling down the league table as a result of their poor form, with the win, Arsenal have steadied the ship. But despite that, Arteta's side are still five points behind leaders Liverpool.

Is that an insurmountable lead? Former Gunner Paul Merson doesn't think so.

"I think Arsenal are still in the title race,’ Merson wrote via Sky Sports. "They had a big result the other day and they’re still there and thereabouts, so you have to put them in the equation. But Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah won’t score as many goals between them as Salah – and he is on the right wing. That’s a massive advantage for Liverpool, who will be in the race for a long time if they keep playing as they are."

Merson would mention Liverpool's tough stretch of games coming up that includes games against Chelsea and Arsenal, so the Gunners could reel in Jurgen Klopp's men over the next couple of weeks.

The Gunners had some serious goalscoring issues prior to their mini break which also coincided with their three-game losing streak.

Now, with the Palace game hopefully restoring confidence in front of goal, Arsenal now need to kick on and enjoy a Manchester City-esque run.

The Gunners face Nottingham Forest and then Liverpool before away games against West Ham and Burnley so there is a chance for Arsenal to pick up plenty of points in their bid to hunt down the Reds.

Arsenal's goal of claiming the Premier League title is still within their grasp, and if Merson thinks the team has what it takes to push Liverpool and Manchester City all the way, then who are we to doubt him? He knows his stuff (sometimes)!