“Arsenal have no chance,” said Murphy on Sky Sports’ The Debate (Sky Sports Premier League, Tuesday, November 26th, 22:33).
The Gunners currently sit eighth in the table after 13 games played as they have racked up just 18 points.
Can Arsenal finish in the top-four?
It’s no surprise Murphy believes the Gunners are destined to finish outside the top-four as they’re eight points behind Chelsea, who currently occupy fourth position.
However to say there is no chance? Surely it’s a little early to write the Gunners off.
Especially as their luck maybe soon about to change as there is a suggestion that current manager Unai Emery could soon receive his marching orders.
The Daily Mail reported late on Tuesday that Emery’s position was being considered on a game-to-game basis and if he exits, then who knows what effect a potential new manager could have on the Gunners’ fortunes.
After all Arsenal’s bitter rivals, Tottenham, recently parted company with Mauricio Pochettino before hiring Jose Mourinho instead and that seems to have worked wonders.
Before Pochettino exited Spurs, his side had failed to win an away game since January but Mourinho won his first game in charge which was away to West Ham with ease.
So it shows that depending on what Arsenal decide regarding their manager, it may see their chances of a top-four boosted.
Also while it does seem likely based on the club’s current run of form, they couldn’t even beat struggling Southampton at the weekend, that Emery needs to leave for them to finish in top-four, there’s still a very small chance Emery can turn it around if he stays put at the Emirates.