Jamie Carragher claims Arsenal won't challenge for title next season but Liverpool and Man Utd will
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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal won't challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, but Liverpool and Manchester United will.
Indeed, for the majority of the campaign Mikel Arteta has led the title race, but a lapse in form saw them slip up at the vital moment.
Meanwhile City found another gear, taking full advantage and winning the league with three games to spare.
In contrast, Liverpool have endured a shaky campaign, and look set to miss out on Champions League football for the first time since the 2016/17 season.
Jurgen Klopp's side have managed to find some consistency as of late, with the Reds undefeated in their last 10 matches.
However, they remain 15 points off second-placed Arsenal, and are expected to undergo a major squad overhaul this summer.
Elsewhere, Manchester United have enjoyed a largely successful season, winning the Carabao Cup against Newcastle in February, while they face local rivals City in the FA Cup final next month.
Barring any slip-ups, Erik ten Hag will qualify for the Champions League in his first season in charge, with the Red devils needing only one point from their next two matches to book their place in Europe's elite competition.
And Carragher reckons both clubs will challenge Manchester City next season, leaving Arsenal out of the debate entirely.
What did Carragher say?
When asked on Sky Sports who who will challenge Manchester City for the title next season, Carragher said:
"I’m gonna go with Liverpool and Manchester United. I think Liverpool will come back, and the jump in terms of really challenging Man City may be a little bit too big - it might still be a little too big for Manchester United."
"But, I do see those two teams. Where Manchester United are going they look really solid. If they get a couple of attacking players and score more goals, that’s what they need to do."
"Liverpool will invest again in midfield players, and they’ve got players who’ve won the biggest trophies before, so I’d say Liverpool and Manchester United."
Only time will tell if the former England international will be proved right, or if Arsenal will be contending for the title once again.