Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher explains why Arsenal won’t win the Premier League on current evidence, despite topping the charts after 13 games played; the Gunners are one point ahead (30) of second-placed Manchester City (29) as it stands
By Jamie Carragher, Football Expert and Columnist
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says Arsenal are becoming over-reliant on winning games by finite margins and that could derail their title chase later in the season.
The Gunners currently sit top of the Premier League table, a point better off than second-placed Manchester City, having secured five of their nine victories by single-goal margins.
That includes a 1-0 win over City in early October, as well as a 1-0 triumph in their latest league outing against Brentford, where Kai Havertz found an 89th-minute winner.
Carragher believes Arsenal will ultimately come unstuck in their challenge for a first league title since 2003-04 if they are not able to win games more convincingly – highlighting a particular drop-off in attacking productivity.
“We’re still only a third of the way through the season, but I think if Arsenal continue how they are, if this is the Arsenal we’re going to see this season, I don’t think they can win the league,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.
“I think so many games are going to the wire and sometimes that can go against you – you think of the [Aaron] Ramsdale mistake and the big chance Brentford had in the second half at the weekend.
“Those games that finish 1-0 can easily go 1-0 the other way.”
Carra says Arsenal are lacking the kind of fluidity and energy that made them so dangerous last season, with attacking output from key players not yet hitting the same heights.
“For me, when we’re talking about a different Arsenal – we can see it with the stats, but everyone can see with their eyes.
“It’s not the same fluidity, the same pace, energy and creating chances – you can see that.
Arsenal’s fine margins
- Aug 12: Arsenal 2-1 Nottm Forest
- Aug 21: Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal
- Sept 17: Everton 0-1 Arsenal
- Oct 8: Arsenal 1-0 Man City
- Nov 25: Brentford 0-1 Arsenal