Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arsenal and City Can Forget the Title If They Blow It on Sunday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arsenal and City Can Forget the Title If They Blow It on Sunday

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Byline: Harry Redknapp

IF ARSENAL or Manchester City lose this weekend, they are out of the Premier League title race. Leicester can only throw it away now. They have been the best team this season and are top of the table on merit. They also have the best run-in.

Arsene Wenger is under massive pressure to get a result against Leicester at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Their approach will be fascinating because Leicester's counter-attacking style is exactly the type of football that has caused Arsenal problems.

People said Arsenal sat back and soaked it up when they played Bayern Munich but I just think they couldn't get the ball off them. I'm not sure it was a definite gameplan to hit them on the counter-attack.

Arsenal will dominate the ball as Wenger always talks about he said exactly that before the Bournemouth game and they'll try to do the same against Leicester.

The Gunners don't look particularly solid. Bournemouth almost walked into dangerous positions in front of goal against them last weekend. They are very open. Wenger (right) seems to be persisting with Mathieu Flamini as the team's sole defensive midfielder. He's all right but would he get in the Leicester team? Not a chance.

The way Leicester work for each other is incredible. Of course, they have real ability and pace in the team but they have great unity and will lay their bodies on the line for each other.

Leicester can also handle the pressure of a title race they proved it at City. They went there thinking, "everybody is expecting us to get smashed up today" but stuck two fingers up to the world and went 3-0 up. They won't have any fear at Arsenal either.

People can't live with Jamie Vardy. Will Wenger play Per Mertesacker? I don't think he will because of Vardy's pace. He is non-stop. The game starts, he goes off chasing the ball at 100mph and the rest follow in behind him. …

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