Martin Keown comments on Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes

Martin Keown says it is too early to label Arsenal as definite title contenders this season

Martin Keown has said that it is too early to draw conclusions about Arsenal’s title hopes despite their strong start to the season.

The north London side left it late as they scored a dramatic last-minute winner to beat Burnley in the top flight at Turf Moor last weekend to make it five wins in a row in the Premier League.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since Keown was still playing during their famous unbeaten triumph back in the 2003-04 season.

The Gunners now sit in third place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games of the new season.

But although Keown has been impressed by Arsenal’s strong start, he feels it is too early to declare that the Gunners will definitely be title contenders.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Keown said: “It gives the group confidence when you win in the last minute.

“The trip home from Burnley would have been a good one. You start to foster that belief. It wasn’t Arsenal’s best performance of the season but sometimes you just have to find a way to win.

“Arsenal were very lucky but they will take positives from that game – suddenly Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels a part of the group, while Theo Walcott is playing at a level we’ve not seen before.

“It was a good weekend for Arsenal with Manchester City losing – their rivals have shown weaknesses – but we just turn another page in the Premier League season.”

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Arsenal finished in second place and without a trophy last season after winning the FA Cup in both 2014 and 2015.

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