Arsenal glee not yet at fever pitch - Nick Hornby reckons Leicester will win it

Fever Pitch author doesn't trust Arsenal side, believes Leicester will take first Premier League title.

Arsenal glee not yet at fever pitch - Nick Hornby reckons Leicester will win it

Despite Arsenal's 2-1 win over Leicester on Sunday, celebrity Gunner Nick Hornby still backs the Foxes to hang onto their lead at the top of the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of the BAFTA awards, where the movie Brooklyn - for which he wrote the screenplay - won the award for Outstanding British Film, Hornby told the BBC that he believes Arsenal's difficult run-in will hand Claudio Ranieri's underdogs a vital advantage.

"I think our run-in is terrible and I still don't trust this team.

"I think it's going to be hard. (Arsenal play) Spurs, both Manchester clubs, West Ham, they've got horrible games coming up.

"I think Leicester are going to win the league.

"They've lost three times this season. They've won away at all their rivals, apart form Arsenal. They look strong, they're brimming with confidence and they've got no distractions at all. No FA Cup. no Europe. I think they've got a real shot."

Hornby's first literary successs came with Fever Pitch, an autobiographical account of his fanatical support for Arsenal, published in 1992.

The centrepiece of the book - and the spin-off movie - was Arsenal's last-gasp title win at Anfield in 1989, ending Hornby's then 18-year wait for title success as a fan.

But despite Danny Welbeck's late heroics at the Emirates on Sunday, Hornby fears his current 12-year wait for further league glory will last at least another season.

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