Jamie Carragher reveals how Arsenal can still pip Manchester City to Premier League title
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Jamie Carragher thinks Manchester City's participation in the Champions League could hold the key to Arsenal winning the Premier League.
On Wednesday night, Arsenal were handed the biggest blow to their title hopes so far, as they went down 3-1 to rivals City at home.
It was the third game in-a-row that the Gunners dropped points, picking up just one from Everton, Brentford and City, and dropped them behind Pep Guardiola's side.
Whilst it's only on goal difference, and the north Londoners still have a game in hand, some are already calling for the death knell on their title hopes.
Fans started pointing out the words Gary Neville had said a month ago, when the Gunners were eight points clear at the top of the table, and said they wouldn't go on to become champions for the first time since 2004.
However, Neville's usual partner in crime Carragher thinks that there's still one way that Mikel Arteta's team could end up lifting the trophy in May.
Speaking to CBS, the former Liverpool star explained that City being in other competitions could help their rivals, "I think the big thing for Arsenal is not too panic," Carragher said.
"The only way I’ve ever felt Arsenal could win the league is if Manchester City go deep in the Champions League and FA Cup. They will probably get to the semi-finals of both of those competitions at least.
"When it gets towards the end of the season, Man City could have so many games that even if Arsenal were level or two points behind, they could come late and clinch the title."
Fixture congestion at the end of the season could be even worse during this campaign due to the break for the World Cup at the end of last year.
At this point last year, City had already played two more games than they have this year in the league, and, as Carragher points out, there's still cup games to go.
Guardiola's men have RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League, and they'll be expected to get through that relatively easily.
The same can be said in the FA Cup, where they face Bristol City in the fifth round, the only thing that is surprising is the fact they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup final by Southampton.
City will be desperate to finally win in Europe, but concentrating on getting far in the Champions League has never previously stopped them winning the league.