Former Arsenal and defender Gael Clichy has revealed who he’s backing to win the Premier League title.
With the 2022 drawing to a close, we are now very close to the resumption of the football season, with the Premier League kicking-off again on Boxing Day.
While so much can still happen between now and the end of the season, it is hard to imagine anyone else but Arsenal or City lifting the trophy in May.
After 14 games, the Gunners have a five point lead over the Citizens who in turn have two point lead over third-placed Newcastle, albeit the Magpies have played a match more than the leaders.
Despite trailing, Pep Guardiola’s side are still favourites to win, having won four of the last five titles, and have developed a strong reputation for finishing the season better than how they started it.
But having dropped points just twice so far this campaign, via a draw at Southampton and a defeat at Manchester United, Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal fans real hope that their club can finally end their 19-year wait for a league title.
Clichy was part of that 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ side before leaving for the Etihad in 2011 where he would win another two league titles, and he still has a strong affinity for both clubs but is especially hopeful that one emerges triumphant.
‘City are really strong overall because they’ve been there for so long now,’ the former French international told .
‘It’s been ten years since they’ve been consistent so you can’t just put them out but I think Arsenal have got a great chance.
‘You know the next few weeks are gonna be really important and if there’s a team that can really challenge City this year, it’s them.
‘They are doing everything impeccably since the beginning of the season and I really hope they can go all the way because it’s a club that deserves and a manager that deserves to bring success to this team.’
Arsenal first match post-World Cup will be against West Ham on Boxing Day, while City travel to Leeds 48 hours later.
As for Clichy, the left-back is still going strong at 37, currently winding down his career at Swiss side Servette.
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