Jermaine Jenas makes bold prediction about Arsenal’s season
Jermaine Jenas still believes Arsenal will win the Premier League title
Jermaine Jenas has backed Arsenal to win the Premier League title despite Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea.
The Gunners suffered a blow in their bid to win a first Premier League crown since 2004 as Chelsea continued their excellent record against their north London rivals.
The way they have responded in tough situations, to draw at Anfield and the Britannia Stadium – and fight with 10 men against Chelsea – is a sign they have the mental strength to be champions
Arsene Wenger’s side still haven’t beaten the defending Premier League champions since a 5-3 win in 2011 after Diego Costa scored a first-half winner on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners weren’t helped by Per Mertesacker’s red card minutes before Costa broke the deadlock after the centre-half hauled down the Chelsea striker.
However, former Tottenham midfielder Jenas expects Arsenal to recover from their minor blip and win the title after impressive performances at Liverpool and Stoke City.
“Arsenal’s defeat means they have only taken two points from their last three games, but I do not see their recent form as real cause for concern for their title hopes,” Jenas wrote in his BBC Sport column.
“Gunners fans will be worried, of course, because of their side’s recent history of falling short in the latter stages of the season.
“But I would focus on the performances they have put in against Liverpool, Stoke and now Chelsea, rather than the results.
Wenger will not be happy with the way they conceded on Sunday, but I think he will be proud of the way they responded and the effort his players put in. Chelsea were hanging on at times.
“Yes, Arsenal’s second home league defeat of the season was a set-back but they again showed the kind of character they will need over the next four months.
“The way they have responded in tough situations, to draw at Anfield and the Britannia Stadium – and fight with 10 men against Chelsea – is a sign they have the mental strength to be champions, and I am standing by my prediction that they will win the league.”
Arsenal are in third place in the Premier League table and three points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.
The Gunners face Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in their next Premier League game on Tuesday 2 February.