Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson does not believe the Gunners are ambitious enough to win a Premier League title.
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently three points off league leaders Chelsea in second place, but Merson says his opinion that the club lacks investment hasn’t changed.
When asked by ESPN FC about his former club’s chances this season in the title race, Merson replied:
‘I don’t think it looks any different this year to last. There is still something missing. What is success at Arsenal at this stage? It seems to me that finishing fourth in the Premier League is considered to be success and that has been the story for far too long now.
‘Success in the eyes of Wenger and the Arsenal board is putting another £30 million in the bank by qualifying for the Champions League every year. They don’t think they are going to win the competition, they just want to be in it to make sure the cash rolls in.’
Arsenal face Basel in the Champions League tonight to determine whether they or Paris Saint-Germain finish top of the group stage table. The Gunners then return to face Stoke City in the league on Saturday afternoon.
The Potters have recovered well after failing to win any of their first seven Premier League matches. They will be coming off a 2-0 victory against Burnley, and will draw some encouragement from the fact that Arsenal have made hard work of some of their home fixtures so far this season, including that surprise home draw against Middlesbrough back in October