Man Utd and Arsenal face pain as Liverpool split fans after City win
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Manchester United and Arsenal have both been backed to suffer Premier League slumps over the coming months. In an Express Sport poll, readers do not have faith that the Gunners can continue their incredible start to the season by winning the title.
Liverpool fans also remain pessimistic about their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League come May. That is despite Jurgen Klopp’s side beating Manchester City on Sunday in a thrilling contest at Anfield.
City’s defeat means Arsenal lead the Premier League after nine wins from 10 matches. The north Londoners overcame Leeds on Sunday to continue their impressive start – but Express Sport readers do not believe they can maintain their form.
In a poll of 7,381 fans, an overwhelming 81.7 per-cent do not have faith in Arsenal’s title hopes. Mikel Arteta’s side have shown no sign of slowing down as they continue their excellent start, but a huge majority of Express Sport readers believe they will suffer a dip in form.
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There is also bad news for Man Utd, with 68.1 per-cent of respondents saying the Red Devils can finish in the top four. Erik ten Hag steered his team’s form back on track after a disastrous start, but a few disappointing results have since slowed down their season.
United are fifth and are just three points off fourth-place Chelsea. However, the club still seem some way off their top-four rivals in terms of personnel.
Meanwhile, Liverpool supporters remain unconvinced that their side can finish in the top four despite Sunday’s excellent win over the Premier League champions. Mohamed Salah struck the winner midway through the second half for a Reds side who had been desperate for a slice of luck in the top-flight.
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It was just the third win Liverpool had managed in the league this season, and lifted them into eighth place. Klopp’s side are still six points off fourth and are a staggering 14 points behind leaders Arsenal – although the latter have played a game more.
Arteta will hope supporters are wrong and that his side can mount a first serious Premier League title challenge in two decades. The Arsenal boss said his side had ‘resilience, fight, character and courage’ during their narrow 1-0 win over Leeds on Sunday, and will believe those characteristics can help challenge favourites City.
“From the first whistle in the second half we started with no rhythm, not making the right decisions time after time and we put ourselves in big trouble,” the Spaniard said. “But when you get in those moments I love the resilience, the fight, the character and the courage that the team showed to win the game.
“Credit to Leeds. In the second half they were really good, incredible atmosphere and they deserve credit for that.”
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