Manchester United hero Roy Keane has argued that Manchester City's downturn in form will give Arsenal extra belief they can win the Premier League title this season. The Gunners currently sit at the top of the table, two points clear of Liverpool in second, with City six points behind the league leaders.
The reigning champions have failed to win each of their last four league fixtures, losing 1-0 away to Aston Villa, who leapfrogged them in the table, last night. Now, Keane has revealed that he thinks Mikel Arteta's side have an excellent chance of taking City all the way this term, having finished runners-up last season despite leading for the majority of the campaign.
Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet, Keane said: «The biggest rivals last year [to Manchester City] was Arsenal and when they played last year, in two league games and the FA Cup, they were so far ahead of them. Whereas this year you look at Arsenal, and that will give them belief that they can compete and beat them.
»I don't know if they had that real belief last year that they could beat them, but I think if you're in Arsenal's camp, you must think, 'do you know what lads, we’ve got a chance'." Arsenal defeated City on penalties in the Community Shield back in August after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in normal time.
The Gunners then won 1-0 in October when they hosted Pep Guardiola and Co. to the Emirates Stadium in the league. But Guardiola is still backing his players to come out on top, predicting them to win the title after last weekend's 3-3 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.
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