Former Manchester City captain, Richard Dunne has insisted that Arsenal aren’t strong enough to challenge Pep Guardiola’s side for the Premier League title this season.
Dunne said this while naming Liverpool as the only team that can compete with Man City for the title this season.
Man City currently lead the way on 28 points, ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal on 27 points each, Tottenham on 26 points and Aston Villa on 25 points after 12 Premier League games.
“City and Liverpool will be up there,” Dunne told Betway when asked about the title race and who Man City’s biggest challengers would be.
“I am still not sure about Arsenal and if they can compete in all the different competitions. Is their squad big enough?
“People have already spoken about their lack of a centre forward. They have created their own problems in the goalkeeping department, which now seems to be a big issue.
“Tottenham have shown they are just not strong enough with a few injuries. I’m more inclined to go with Liverpool.”
Meanwhile, Richard Dunne believes former club Aston Villa are genuine contenders for Champions League qualification.
Unai Emery’s side beat Fulham 3-1 before the international break and sit fifth in the Premier League table on 25 points.
Ex-Villa defender Dunne, 44, is impressed with the style of football and consistency implemented by the Villans boss, which he says is in stark contrast to Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.
The former Republic of Ireland international told LiveScore: “Before a ball was kicked in 2023-24, I would have said Champions League qualification for Aston Villa is impossible.
“But after watching them this season, I think Villa have a really good chance.
“The impact Unai Emery has made is quite incredible. The style of football, from where they were before, is like night and day.