Pundit makes blunt admission about Arsenal and Chelsea in title race

Johnny Giles says he won't be putting any money on Arsenal to catch Chelsea in the title race

Johnny Giles has played down the chances of Arsenal overhauling Chelsea in the Premier League title race this season.

The Gunners are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea in the title race following their dramatic 2-1 win against promoted side Burnley at The Emirates last weekend.

Chelsea could conceivably drop points against top-four rivals Liverpool in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The west London side will entertain Arsenal in their next top-flight fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 4 February.

Wenger hasn’t led Arsenal to Premier League title glory since the 2003-04 season.

Speaking to Irish radio station Newstalk, former Manchester United and Leeds United midfielder Giles poured cold water on talk of Arsenal catching Chelsea in the title race.

“I don’t think they are as good as Chelsea. But you never know what’s going to happen,” Giles said.

“They’ve had the Costa situation last week. If Costa insisted on going to China, that could be a bad move from Arsenal’s point of view. You never know what’s going to happen.

“I wouldn’t put money on Arsenal to do it. They’ve disappointed in the last few seasons.”

Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season but 10 points adrift of eventual champions Leicester City.

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The Gunners signed five players in the summer transfer window.

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