Jose Mourinho issues dismissal of Arsenal title challenge

After half of the 2023/24 Premier League season, Arsenal sit top of the table with 12 wins, three draws and two losses.

The Gunners also have the joint-best defence and are five points above Manchester City. Back Arsenal to win the Premier League at 5/2.

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Jose Mourinho on Arsenal’s title challenge

Despite Arsenal currently sitting top of the Premier League, Jose Mourinho feels they will again miss out on the title after last season’s historic collapse, with City’s squad superior and Liverpool the likelier closest challengers come May.

Asked by John Mikel Obi on his ‘The Obi One Podcast’ who will win the Premier League, Mourinho replied: “Man City 51 [per cent] and Liverpool 49.”

When asked if Arsenal are in the conversation, Mourinho pulled a face and simply replies ‘nah’ prompting laughter from the former Chelsea player, who added: “The rivalry is still there!”

Mourinho responded: “But it is not the rivalry… it isn’t the right moment [for them].

“Honestly, rivalry apart because I can do it, I would like them to win, I would like a third [team in the title race].

“Of course Chelsea is not going to win it, that’s out of the question, so I don’t think about Chelsea. Of course Manchester United is not going to win it, I don’t speak about Man United too, so it’s going to be these three and out of these three I would be happy for Arsenal to do it.

“I would be really happy to [see them] break a little bit that thing, but I think it’s 51-49 [between City and Liverpool]. And I say 51-49 because when the accumulation of matches are coming, Man City has two teams!”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.