...By Larry John for TDPel Media.
According to Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn, English football will suffer if Manchester City wins the Premier League title this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side is in pursuit of Arsenal, chasing them down to win the title for the third-successive season and for the fifth time in six years.
Mikel Arteta’s team has been feeling the pressure at the top, as they have been struggling to get results in their last two games, creating an opening for City to overtake them if they lose to City at the Etihad next week, and City takes at least one point from their game in hand.
Winterburn believes that it would not be ideal for any team to dominate the league season after season, except for their supporters.
Therefore, everyone should be rooting for Arsenal, for the good of the game, regardless of whether they have been waiting for their collapse all season.
Winterburn praised Manchester City for being the standard-setters in English football and stated that it was up to their rivals to end the club’s era of domestic dominance.
He acknowledged that every team had to raise their game to even get close to them, and that it was a big challenge that they had to meet head-on, especially for Arsenal.
The title race in the Premier League this season is tight, with Manchester City and Arsenal battling it out for the top spot.
Nigel Winterburn’s comments on how English football would suffer if City were to win the title might be debatable.
Still, it is clear that the league benefits from a variety of teams competing at the top level.
However, it is also worth noting that Manchester City has set the standard for English football and that every team has to raise their game to compete with them.
It is up to the other clubs to challenge them and bring about an end to their domestic dominance.
As for Arsenal, they have a long way to go to get ahead of City, but it is a challenge they must face head-on to compete at the highest level.