‘I thought they would fall away’ - Ex-Spurs player delivers verdict on Arsenal after Brighton win

What what said about Arsenal on Match of the Day after their win this weekend?

Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, pundit Danny Murphy has admitted he thought Arsenal would ‘fall away’ as they chase down the Premier League title. The Gunners are now seven points ahead of Manchester City at the summit and have been on fire so far this season.

Mikel Arteta’s side won 4-2 away at Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend courtesy of goals by Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli, whilst Pep Guardiola’s men dropped points as they were held 1-1 at home to Everton.

Murphy, who played for Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in his playing days, had this to say about Arsenal on television:

“The players that have come in deserve great credit. Obviously that is part of the coaching in terms of understanding the system you go into and keeping their fitness levels when you’re not playing for a few weeks.

“I do think Odegaard is the one player, although they have other talented players, they would struggle to replace the most (if he got injured).”

He added:

“With any season where you are successful, you need a bit of luck with injuries. It helps them not being in the Champions League so they can priorite the Premier League. They are there. I thought they would fall away but they are not.”

The Gunners have won 14 out of their opening 16 matches so far this term and have lost just once which shows what a tough side they are to play at the moment. They won’t be getting carried away and have some tough games coming up this month.

Next up is a tricky clash against high-flying Newcastle United on Tuesday at the Emirates Stadium as they look to keep their run of form going. They then have an FA Cup away trip to face League One outfit Oxford United next month which may pose an opportunity to play some of the fringe players and youngsters.

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