Former Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray believes Arsenal can no longer be considered a ‘top four’ side after losing their quality players.
The Gunners find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth placed Tottenham, following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea over the weekend.
After the defeat at Stamford Bridge, Arsene Wenger admitted his side face a tough task of securing a Champions League place for next season.
And Gray claims Arsenal will have overachieved if they do manage to finish above the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham.
The ex-Scotland striker recently told talkSPORT:
‘In the 22 games Arsenal have played so far they’re not one of the top four sides in this country. Arsenal sit where their performances suggest they should be, which is around fifth or sixth.
‘Arsenal are not better than Tottenham, who are a more rounded side. They’re not better than Chelsea, who are playing well at times but look nervous at their own ground, and they’re certainly not as good as the two Manchester clubs.’
He finished off by saying:
‘Arsenal are competitive, they showed that against Chelsea, but they can’t take on teams like they did when they had Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Tony Adams and Steve Bould. They haven’t got an iron spine.’
At present, we don’t look like a top four side as Gray suggests – the table doesn’t lie, and unfortunately the likes of Spurs and Chelsea have been better than us this season and deserve to be above us.
Severe work needs to be done by Wenger, the players and the Arsenal board if the club want to keep their consecutive run of appearing in the Champions League going.
I’m glad to see Wenger expressing his concern over the matter. However, as the manager of the club, the Frenchman needs to do something about it, rather than just talk.
Nine days and counting, make the very most of it Wenger or face the consequences.
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