Rivaldo Makes Arsenal Premier League Title Race Prediction with Honest Champions League Verdict

Former Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo has predicted Arsenal’s prospects for success in the Premier League, citing their current form as a key factor.

The Gunners currently lead the league standings with less than three months left in the season. Also, Mikel Arteta’s team has progressed to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Having recently eliminated FC Porto in the previous round, Arsenal are gearing up for a significant challenge against Bayern Munich next month. In the domestic league, their upcoming match against Manchester City is already being touted as pivotal, considering there are only ten games remaining.

Arteta is eager to secure his first trophy since taking charge at the Emirates Stadium, with the last triumph dating back to 2020. Despite their close pursuit last season, Manchester City’s dominant performance in the latter half of the campaign has prolonged Arsenal’s title drought to two decades.

Nevertheless, Rivaldo remains confident in Arsenal’s potential to claim silverware if they maintain their current level of performance. Speaking to Betfair, he conveyed his belief in the team’s ability to win titles.

“Arsenal and Man City are both trying to win the Premier League and Champions League. As a player, it’s very difficult to focus on one competition ahead of the other, because you’re not sure that if you pick one, you’ll be champion and succeed in it.

“Last season, they were doing very well and at the end of the campaign they started to lose some games and let City take the trophy from their hands. This season, I believe they have a strong enough squad to keep competing in the league and in Europe.

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“If they continue to play the same way they have been playing, the same way they have been playing in the Premier League, they will be able to win titles

“The Premier League is, in my opinion, the toughest and strongest league in football, so if Arsenal are first in the table it’s for a reason. Whoever is first in the Premier League has a great chance of winning the Champions League.

“Arsenal are among the favourites for me. However, we know how football is, the favourites are not always the champions, a lot of things can happen in football, you have to be focused, as it was last season – in a moment of carelessness, they lost the Premier league trophy.”

Rivaldo emphasised that the team at the Emirates Stadium possesses the quality to advance deep into the Champions League. “This season’s Champions League is very exciting and every team in the quarter-finals is capable of winning the tournament,” he added.

“Manchester City are worthy favourites but, for me, Barcelona also stand out after their victory over Napoli in the round of 16. Many fans doubted Barcelona, but they reached the quarter-finals in great style.

“Then there is Arsenal. They knew it would be a difficult tie against Porto, and only squeezed through on penalties, but the Gunners’ resilience until the end shows that they are a strong team that can go very far in this Champions League.”

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