Rio Ferdinand names two matches Arsenal will lose amid Liverpool Premier League title verdict

Former Manchester United center-back Rio Ferdinand.
Former Manchester United center-back Rio Ferdinand. -Credit:Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Rio Ferdinand has pinpointed the two fixtures that he believes will cost Arsenal the Premier League title, both against fierce rivals. The Gunners went into this weekend sitting at the top of the table, level on points with Liverpool but leading on goal difference, with just seven league games remaining. The title race is a tight one, with reigning champion Manchester City now ahead after beating Luton.

Despite Mikel Arteta's men being in pole position at present, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand predicts two more losses for the Gunners before the season concludes, which he believes will cost them the title. At this stage in the competition, any dropped points could be detrimental to their title hopes.

While forecasting the remainder of Arsenal's season for TNT Sport, Ferdinand predicted a 2-1 loss for the Gunners at local rivals Tottenham, followed by another defeat against United in the second last game of the season. The former Red Devil anticipates Erik ten Hag's side will secure a 3-2 victory over Arteta's team.

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If the season unfolds as Ferdinand predicts, Arsenal will finish second with 86 points. Liverpool will also end up with the same points but with a lesser goal difference, leaving Pep Guardiola's team as champions for the fourth consecutive time. Arteta's attention is now firmly on the upcoming match against Aston Villa at the Emirates this Sunday. Despite Arsenal playing after both City and Liverpool, Arteta isn't giving that much thought.

During his pre-match press conference, the Spanish manager stated: "We will know the results but we'll still have our duty to win our game which is the only thing that we can control. That's happened a few times already and it's going to happen again in the next few weeks, so we'll just focus on what we can do, what we can control and make sure that we perform like we have to do against a really good side to try to beat them.

When asked about how his players were coping with the pressure of the title race, Arteta dismissed any suggestions of nerves creeping in as the end of the season approaches. "I think it is just motivation," he added. "I think they've lived it already and they are super excited about what we are doing and the way the team is performing, winning matches and they want more. We know the task, the challenge ahead of us and how good we have to be to win it, but we're going to try." says: It is plausible, certainly, that Arsenal could drop points against Spurs and Manchester United. But what are the chances of that happening in both matches? Realistically, probably fairly slim. Ferdinand suggesting that the Old Trafford side could beat the Gunners is typically bold and based on nothing more than a desire for it to happen.

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