Robert Pires: Why I’m backing Arsenal to win the title this season

Robert Pires is backing Arsenal to challenge for the Premier League title this season

Robert Pires is convinced that the current Arsenal squad have what it takes to win the Premier League this season.

Arsene Wenger’s men are currently second in the table and level on points with leaders Manchester City heading into Sunday’s showdown with Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium.

The north London side have not lifted the top flight trophy since Pires was at the club, when Wenger’s men went unbeaten in the 2003-04 campaign.

However, Pires feels that Arsenal’s solid start to the season in the Premier League shows that they are capable of winning their first title in more than a decade this season.

Pires told the Guardian: “Arsenal have started the season well. Actually, since the game against Man United [when Arsenal won 3-0 at the start of October] they are doing very well.

“They have a lot of ingredients to win the title, because when you see the name in the paper the quality is there. The quality is very good.

“Of course, the Champions League is very important, but I prefer to see Arsenal win the Premier League this season and I know this is the objective for Arsene Wenger and all the players. It is also important for the fans.

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“So yes, this team can win the Premier League.”

Arsenal head into Sunday’s clash with Spurs looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Gunners were 3-0 winners at Swansea City in their most recent Premier League outing last weekend.

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