Arsenal hero on title challengers, disregards Liverpool

Gilberto Silva

Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva does not regard Liverpool as a major title threat to Arsenal.

A home win against Cardiff City on Saturday will really give Liverpool reason to be positive - they will be top of the Premier League table.

If Chelsea beat Arsenal on Monday night, Liverpool's goal difference (+21) as it stands compared to Chelsea's (+14) means the Merseyside club will enter Christmas at the top of the table.

Despite this very real threat being mounted by Liverpool, a former key man at Arsenal who won the Premier League with them, a key man in their 2003/04 unbeaten run, does not regard the as title challengers.

2002 World Cup winner Gilberto Silva has backed the Gunners to lift the trophy, but urged them to worry about two clubs, none of whom are managed by Brendan Rodgers.

He told "The biggest challenges for Arsenal in the search for the title will be Chelsea and City who are the teams that Wenger should pay more attention." 

Talk like that may offend Liverpool fans who have been thrilled by their club's progress, but it may suit them all the same.

There is no pressure on them to win the league, even the majority of fans would consider a top four finish a major breakthrough.

However any team who are top of the league at Christmas, or in the running, must be taken seriously - even more so one with Luis Suarez up front.

If Liverpool can strengthen wisely in the 2014 January transfer window, it would be hard to rule out a title challenge should they come out of the festive period and into the New Year in a good position.

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