BBC pundit comments on Arsenal’s title hopes following Norwich draw

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Arsenal drew 1-1 with Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes the number of injuries Arsenal have sustained in recent weeks will prevent them from winning the Premier League title, he told BBC Radio Five Live.

The Gunners drew 1-1 at Norwich at the weekend, a result which leaves them in fourth spot and only two points behind current league leaders Manchester City.

While in a good position at present, their growing injury list is a huge worry and Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez both limped off on Sunday, with the latter feeling his hamstring.

Co-commentating on BBC Radio Five Live, Sutton believes Arsenal’s mounting injuries are having a big impact on their performances, and feels they will ultimately come up short in the title race.

“Norwich had the better chances in the game. Arsenal dominated the early stages of the first half. I think Alex Neil would have taken a point before hand and it was better point for Norwich,” he explained.

"The worrying thing for Arsenal is the amount of injuries to key players. It must have an effect on them. I do not think they can win the title."

Similarly, in their defeat at West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal looked in charge as they took the lead, but a forced substitution halted their momentum and disrupted their rhythm.

At full strength, the Gunners are more than a match for any other team in the league and it wasn’t too long ago that Manchester United, Swansea City and Watford were on the end of 3-0 thrashings.

However, injuries to key players – notably to Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin – leaves them with big voids to fill and they simply don’t have that sort of quality in reserve.

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