2022/23 EPL Title Race: Ian Wright worried Arsenal won’t be able to hold on to their five-point lead

Ian Wright has told Premier League productions he is worried his former club Arsenal may not be able to hold on to the five point Premier League lead they have over nearest challenger and defending champions, Manchester City when the competition resumes on Boxing Day.

Arsenal defeated Wolves 2-0 at the Molineux while Man City lost 2-1 to Brentford at the Etihad to allow the Gunners to move five points clear at the top of the log.

The five-point advantage the Gunners have over Man City is the biggest lead they have had at the top of the Premier League table since 13 December 2013.

‘If I am Man City, I will sit back and say, ‘Okay, Arsenal are the runners with us now’,’ the Arsenal legend told Premier League productions.

‘We know that Man City can put the pressure. The pressure can come off Man City and they can relax and start playing.

‘At the same time, of course, I would love for them to finish it off, but it’s going to be tough. I think they learnt a lot from last season, especially the run-in and that will stand them in good stead.

‘I think it’s better to chase because you haven’t got anywhere else to go. You just have to keep winning that next one. If you are drawing, then you are hoping they lose.

‘When you are chasing, you get the momentum of chasing. You get closer and closer and that would then start to make them feel, “Oh my gosh, where is the lead now?”.

‘This is why I am worried with Arsenal with the five points. They just think of the next game and, hopefully, if Man City lose and they win again, then they can get that cushion because, at some stage, they will come up against some problems.’

When the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day, Arsenal will host London rivals West Ham, while City travel to Leeds.

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