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Arsenal: Arsene Wenger says Gunners could be closest challengers to title favourites

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger says Gunners could be closest challengers to title favourites

‘The team who has the potential’ – Arsene Wenger reveals club most capable of disrupting top two

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his former side are the team most capable of challenging the current top two in the Premier League.

Wenger says that while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United are currently unsettled, it leaves the Gunners best-placed to usurp Manchester City and Liverpool out of the chasing pack.

Second-placed Liverpool finished a massive 25 points ahead of their nearest challengers last season, but Wenger feels that should there be a sustained challenge to close the gap between the top two of the ‘big six’ clubs, Arsenal would be most likely to provide it.

Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger assessed the credentials of Arsenal, Chelsea and United – and while there was no mention of former foes Spurs, the Frenchman suggested that Unai Emery’s side were the most likely to claim a spot amongst the top two.

He said (via Metro): “Maybe the team who has the potential is Arsenal who could be the closest.

“Chelsea looks a bit young, not enough maturity up front and not enough maturity at the back.

“Manchester United hasn’t found a settled way where you could say today they could fight for the championship.”

Arsenal have undergone a major overhaul in personnel this summer, bringing in six players and promoting youngsters from the youth sides to bolster their ranks ahead of the new season.

Chelsea weren’t exactly criticised by Wenger as their start under Frank Lampard has endured an indifferent run of results, though it seems as though the Frenchman feels United are already out of title contention.

It is hard to foresee the paths that each club are on after summers of change, particularly at Arsenal and Chelsea, though given the way City and Liverpool have both started (occupying the top two places once again already), perhaps there is little expectation of anyone disturbing the top two clubs’ domination of the league any time soon, regardless of how close the Gunners are to achieving that.

And with at least 25 points to make up, perhaps being the ‘closest’ is not very close at all.

Arsenal fans, where can the side finish this season? How long will it be before the Gunners are challenging for the title once again? Let us know by joining the discussion below!

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