Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has predicted that Manchester City would win the title, but he questioned Arsenal’s capacity to handle the early pressure.
Prior to the return from the international break, the Gunners held an eight-point lead over the Premier League. If City defeats Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, they can close the gap to five points before facing Leeds.
Arsenal must still play their title rivals away from home if they are to win their first title in 19 years. Even though Rooney wants them to win a title for the first time in a long time, he thinks Arteta’s team will give in under the pressure.
The five-time Premier League champion told CNN, “I think it’s going to be intriguing because Arsenal have not been in this position for a long time and it can be a lot of pressure that goes with that.”
“Certainly when you start getting into the last seven or eight games of the season that’s when the pressure starts. I’m really interested to see if they can sustain what they’ve been doing all season.
“I think Manchester City will be there. They’ve won the league the last few years, they’ve won titles, they have a very experienced coach in winning titles in Guardiola so I’m intrigued to see if Arsenal hold out or if City can use their experience in previous years and nick the title off them.
“I think City will pip them to it. I think United are almost out of it now – not fully – but almost. If you’re asking me who I want to win it between Arsenal and City, then I hope Arsenal do win it.”