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Jamie O’Hara predicts exactly when Arsenal will ‘crumble’ after supporting title challenge

Jamie O’Hara predicts exactly when Arsenal will ‘crumble’ after supporting title challenge

Jamie O’Hara, a former Tottenham midfielder, has predicted when he believes Arsenal will “crumble” this season.

O’Hara anticipates that the Gunners will contend for the Premier League championship but collapse in the last month of the season.

Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the standings as the World Cup break approaches. Twelve of fourteen contests have been won by Mikel Arteta’s squad, with only one loss.

It is Arsenal’s best start to a Premier League season, surpassing the 2003-04 Invincibles season. O’Hara acknowledges that the north Londoners are in the title chase.

With the final game of the season scheduled for May 28, he anticipates that the Gunners will disintegrate a month earlier. Arsenal is slated to play Manchester City on the road on April 26 before hosting Chelsea three days later.

O’Hara told talkSPORT: “I think Arsenal are going to be there. With a month to go, I think Arsenal are going to be right amongst it.

“How close they’ll be, in front of behind Man City, I don’t know. But they’re going to be there.

“For me, Manchester City are just going to have the experience in those moments. You saw what happened to Arsenal last season when they were trying to get in the top four, they crumbled.

“They crumbled. Is it a different Arsenal when it gets to that point?

“When it gets to that point, they’re going to be fighting for the title, and yes – they are fighting for the title. But when it comes to the last month of the season, I don’t think they’ve got the mentality yet to win the league.”

Arteta is pleased with his team’s performance this season, although he is still seeking improvement following the World Cup. The Spaniard stated on Saturday,  “It’s great to be where we are.

“We are enjoying that moment, and we have a big break. We have to reflect on what we are doing, and be very much prepared for what is going to come after the World Cup.

“But, our aim is to play better as a team every single day; to have better tools to do what we want to do on that pitch. I can say that it has been phenomenal to work with these players and staff.”

Jamie O’Hara predicts exactly when Arsenal will ‘crumble’ after supporting title challenge

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