Carragher sends warning to Arsenal after they ‘blew it’ in the title race with Manchester City
Jamie Carragher thinks Arsenal may have blown their best chance to win a Premier League title in the near future after Manchester City were crowned champions on Saturday.
The Gunners led the Premier League title race for most of the season but they have dropped off over the last month or so to hand the Citizens their fifth title in the last six seasons.
Arsenal have only managed to pick up nine points from their last eight matches and Man City have now taken an unassailable four-point lead in the title race with two games in hand.
If Mikel Arteta’s men win their final match of the season against Wolves next weekend they will finish on 84 points but Carragher reckons “you have to get over 90 points to win a title right now because of Man City”.
“When you look at Arsenal’s first XI it’s not a million miles away from what we’ve seen from Man City, they play a similar style,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“But [Bukayo] Saka has played every game and he played every game last season. Some of your top players can’t play all the time.
“Kevin De Bruyne doesn’t play every single game for Manchester City and for me he’s probably been the best player in the Premier League for the last four or five years.
“But the biggest disappointment will be the fact that the second half of the season it’s been a massive drop off. We can’t deny that.
“Arsenal had 50 points at the halfway stage. You know, going into any season, you have to get over 90 points to win a title right now because of Man City.
“Arsenal could end up with 84, so even though we say they’re unlucky, they’ve done all they can, it’s not a great total when we talk about really pushing someone to the line.
“Liverpool got in the mid-90s and still didn’t win the league. You’ve got to get 90-plus.
“They were on course for that, but it’s been a massive drop off in the second half of the season and one of the biggest reasons is they haven’t had the squad depth. They’ve got to bring more quality players in.”
Carragher added: “I do have to go back and think how often will Arsenal be in a position where they’re eight points clear with 10 games to go.
“It was an amazing position and they did blow it, we can’t deny it. They’ve had an amazing season but if they’re in that position next season I’d be very surprised, ahead of a quality of team like Man City.
“For me, Man City weren’t the real Man City for the first two thirds of the season it feels like since the international break they’ve got their act together and we’ve seen the real Man City we’ve seen for the last four or five years.
“Arsenal have been brilliant and what would the Premier League have been this season without them? They’ve given us a fight, a chase and unfortunately for them it’s petered out.”
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