The Gunners are unlikely to secure a finish in the top three next season according to one of the club’s former players.

With the Premier League campaign set to begin this weekend, Arsene Wenger’s business in the transfer market has been scrutinized by many who consider the signing of Granit Xhaka as the only meaningful deal this summer.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea’s high-profile new arrivals have seen them surpass Arsenal on the list of favourites for the 2016/17 title.

Thus, Ian Wright insists finishing in fourth place is the best his old club can do.

“Arsenal could not manage a title challenge in a season where Leicester won the league and this time it is going to be a lot harder for them,” Wright told BBC Sport.

“Chelsea are going to be back in the mix and with United’s outlay and City also spending big, all three of them are going to be strong under Conte, Mourinho and Guardiola.

“As things stand, with no significant signings since Granit Xhaka, no new striker and injuries to their top three centre-halves, the best I can hope for Arsenal is that they make the top four again.”


To be brutally honest, it is very hard to argue against what Wrighty said. If Arsene Wenger had made the required signings early enough (as any title-chaser should), we would be looking forward to Sunday’s match because Lacazatte, Mustafi, etc. would be making their debuts.

Instead, many are now dreading what could be an embarrassing start to the season against a re-inspired Liverpool team. Arsenal may win on Sunday anyway, but those one-off victories when we are under pressure have not won us any league titles in the past decade.

Quality signings (whether expensive or cheap) and a winning mentality is what has won it for our rivals in that period.

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