Ballon d’Or winner sends Arsenal exciting double prediction with Champions League verdict

By Staff

Former Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo has predicted that Arsenal will go on to be successful if they continue their current form in the Premier League.

The Gunners are currently top of the league with less than three months of the season remaining. Mikel Arteta’s side are also in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

After knocking FC Porto out in the last round, Arsenal will look to make a statement win next month against German giants Bayern Munich. In the league, next week’s trip to Manchester City is already being labelled a six-pointer with ten games remaining.

Arteta is looking to win his first trophy in charge at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since 2020. His side came close last season in the league but Man City’s perfect second half of the season means it’s now 20 years since they were crowned champions of England.

However, Rivaldo believes that the Gunners will win titles if they continue to perform at their current levels. Speaking to Betfair, he said: “Arsenal and Man City are both trying to win the Premier League and Champions League. As a player, it’s very difficult to focus on one competition ahead of the other, because you’re not sure that if you pick one, you’ll be champion and succeed in it.

“Last season, they were doing very well and at the end of the campaign they started to lose some games and let City take the trophy from their hands. This season, I believe they have a strong enough squad to keep competing in the league and in Europe.

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“If they continue to play the same way they have been playing, the same way they have been playing in the Premier League, they will be able to win titles

“The Premier League is, in my opinion, the toughest and strongest league in football, so if Arsenal are first in the table it’s for a reason. Whoever is first in the Premier League has a great chance of winning the Champions League.

“Arsenal are among the favourites for me. However, we know how football is, the favourites are not always the champions, a lot of things can happen in football, you have to be focused, as it was last season – in a moment of carelessness, they lost the Premier league trophy.”

Rivaldo also insisted that the squad at the Emirates Stadium is good enough to go far in the Champions League. “This season’s Champions League is very exciting and every team in the quarter-finals is capable of winning the tournament,” he added.

“Manchester City are worthy favourites but, for me, Barcelona also stand out after their victory over Napoli in the round of 16. Many fans doubted Barcelona, but they reached the quarter-finals in great style.

“Then there is Arsenal. They knew it would be a difficult tie against Porto, and only squeezed through on penalties, but the Gunners’ resilience until the end shows that they are a strong team that can go very far in this Champions League.”

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