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Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge will ‘crumble’ soon says former player Jermain Pennant

Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge will ‘crumble’ after Christmas, with Mikel Arteta’s side compared to an ‘annoying fly’ according to former Gunner Jermain Pennant.

Jermaine Pennant, a former Arsenal player, predicts that the Gunners’ bid for the Premier League championship will eventually “crumble.”

Although the Gunners had a fantastic start to the Premier League season, many people anticipated that they may start to lose steam as the season went on.

But after ten games, Arteta’s team leads the table by four points over Manchester City. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

With the ten-match mark often being seen as the point when the Premier League table is a true reflection of where each club currently stands, it suggests the north London side could be in store for a memorable campaign.

But while ex-Gunner Pennant believes Arteta’s side will soon begin to fall away, he says that Arsenal certainly deserves credit for how far they’ve progressed under the Spaniard.

Speaking on The Sports Bar, Pennant said: “I think that Arsenal, after Christmas, will cookie crumble like they did the year before to drop out of the Champions League spots.”

Pennant later added: “What Arteta has done at Arsenal, where they were two, three seasons ago and what they are doing now, is absolutely amazing.

“We are giving Arsenal a lot of praise about where they are going and how they have conducted themselves in the first ten games. But it is all about will they maintain that, will they continue that after Christmas?

“We have seen a lot of teams come flying out the blocks and then as soon as the Christmas period comes and the games come thick and fast, they slip over easily.”

Asked by a fan why he doesn’t show more love for Arsenal, the Liverpool fan said: “If Liverpool doesn’t clinch the title, I’ll be over the moon if Arsenal wins it.”

While Pennant believes the Gunners might slip away, Jason Cundy had a colorful analogy to illustrate their staying power.

The talkSPORT host said: “Arsenal are there and they’re not going. They’re annoying, Arsenal.

“I was saying to the boys in the office, Arsenal are like that fly in the summer when you’ve got the windows and doors open, but he just flies around the house at a lazy pace and you’re like, ‘Come on, go! I’ve had enough now!’

“Then you go into the other room thinking he’s gone and he just follows you in and goes past you. You open the windows and try to force him out, but he keeps flying into the closed window!

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