Arsenal hold a five-point lead over closest challengers Manchester City in the Premier League, but former Tottenham star Jamie O'Hara has insisted the Gunners will throw that away
Former Tottenham star Jamie O'Hara is adamant that Arsenal will "bottle" winning the Premier League title before the end of the season.
The Gunners have a five point advantage over closest challengers Manchester City at the top of the table. There are now just 11 games remaining in which City can overhaul Mikel Arteta's men, with one of those matches being between the title rivals.
That clash comes at the start of a week when the Gunners will also face Chelsea and Newcastle. O'Hara pointed to that run of games as the period when Arsenal's title challenge will fall apart, allowing City to overtake them.
"I think Man City will still win. We've had a tweet come in and this is exactly what I think, 'City stay in touch with Arsenal until the last five games of the season, the Gunners will bottle it' and I think the same thing," he told talkSPORT.
"You stay in touching distance with Arsenal, five points, three points, they've got to play each other. Man City need to beat Arsenal, that's in six games' time. After that you've got five games left.
"If Man City beat Arsenal, they're in touching distance with five games to go, who's going to have the experience, who's going to have the bottle? Man City have been there all before
"There's a lot of football still to play. They’ve still got to play Man City, and then after they play Man City, they’ve got to play Chelsea, who have pulled it together, then they’ve got to play Newcastle away.
“Alright, three huge games, where in my opinion, Arsenal will bottle the title. That week there, 29th April to 6th May, that is when Arsenal are going to lose the league."
While O'Hara is confident Arsenal will throw away their current five point advantage at the top of the table, City boss Pep Guardiola is not so sure. He has instead tipped the Gunners as being the favourites to finally end their 19-year wait to win the Premier League.
“Still Arsenal are the favourites because they are in front. They made an incredible first leg, they dropped a little bit but now they’re coming back," he said.
“They have had many years not winning the Premier League and it gives you a little extra to win games in 93, 98 minutes. That is something they have that we don’t have because we won back-to-back two times.
"That’s why when people say about your opinion on the team and the season it’s after two times back-to-back and 50 points for our opponents in the first half still we are there.
“Normally in this country when you win something a lot and you don’t start well or someone is a bit better, you drop it. You are not consistent. Still we are there. This is the best trophy and compliment that we can have."