Ex-Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna says he is backing his former club to finish above Manchester United in the Premier League table this season.
The Gunners are currently nine points above the Red Devils but Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has recently questioned their staying power, suggesting they could even end up below Erik ten Hag’s men. Sagna, though, was having none of that:
“That’s his [Neville’s] opinion. He has his own point of view but there is a difference between his point of view and what I believe will become reality. This season Arsenal have been the best and most consistent team. Manchester United and Manchester City have two important games coming up.”
“I don’t see United finishing in front of Arsenal. They have improved but Arsenal are better and have been the best team all season – Pep Guardiola will agree with that! He’s been saying they are difficult to catch and they will be. This weekend Arsenal have an important game and again they will have to show that they’re strong but I’m not worried about that.”
With Arsenal facing United on Sunday, it will be a big test of Arteta’s side’s credentials. They are going up against the team who are the only ones that have beaten them in the league this season.
Their opponents are also high in confidence after beating their rivals City last weekend, so it’s likely to be a very tight contest.
As Sagna points out, the Gunners have stood up to every challenge they have faced so far this campaign, and you would back them to secure the points against United.