The club’s hopes of winning the Premier League title this season have only been hampered by one hurdle, according to former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas.
A title challenge, according to the Spaniard, will depend on how they handle their European obligations. He thinks his former team might actually pull the plug.
At the Emirates on Saturday, Arsenal defeated Tottenham 3-1 to increase their lead atop the English Premier League.
Second-placed On Sunday, Manchester City hosts their rivals from across the city, Manchester United, and the Gunners might tighten their hold if the Citizens lose.
Thomas Partey of Ghana gave the host team the lead earlier in the first half, but Antonio Conte’s team drew even from the penalty spot thanks to Harry Kane.
Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka scored goals for Arsenal in the second half to help them hold on and secure the three points.
On BT Sport, Fabregas was asked if he believed the Gunners could keep up their current success and contend for the Premier League championship.
“It will be tough. It’s a tremendous challenge, but I’m quite confident,” the former Chelsea star remarked.
“For me, the Europa League is the sole area of uncertainty. It’s challenging because you play every Thursday, sometimes far away, and you have to get home at 4 in the morning before playing again in the league on Sunday.
“It will be interesting to observe how Mikel Arteta handles that circumstance because that is not at all simple. But I’m sure they’re in a terrific position to handle it.”