Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claims Arsenal have a better opportunity of winning the Premier League title than Liverpool this season.
Former United defender is hugely impressed with Arsenal defenders William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes after Sunday’s 1:0 victory against Brentford. With Liverpool and Manchester City ended their match in a 1:1 draw, Gunners grasp the chance to go at the top of the help with the help of late Kai Havertz goal.
The German international came off the bench and helped Gunners to take three points from the match. Manager Mikel Arteta should be happy with his team’s performance.
Ferdinand hailed Arteta’s backline against Brentford
Speaking to TNT Sports, Rio Ferdinand was highly impressed with Arsenal’s backline against Brentford. He said :-
“Me and [Peter] Crouchy were sitting here thinking about how good these two are, they want to be aggressive, they want to defend with that high line.
“They have the best defensive record in the league at the moment and Declan Rice is perfect in front of them in the middle at the moment. That little triangle is going to be key for them going forward and it’s how they’re going to be successful.
“In today’s game having pace is how you get ahead of the other teams, especially at the back. It means you can play that high line and for the last two seasons. Brentford’s attack has given teams so many problems.
“[Ivan] Toney, [Yoane] Wissa and [Bryan] Mbeumo, they’ve all given teams nightmares because of their pace and aggressive run-ins. Today, one of them gets past Saliba – who is there to mop it up? Gabriel. He gives it back to Saliba and they work it out between them.
“To win anything, you have to have a centre-back pairing that you can trust. They’re the reason why I put them above Liverpool in the title race and they’re why they can challenge City this year.”
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