Gray believes Arsenal have a cup in them this season
The Gunners lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with a poor display that eventually finished 2-1 after Santi Cazorla scored a late concellation goal to spare the London club’s blushes. Arsenal are now 7th in the Premier League, lying nine points adrift of the top.
“They are in real bad spell at the moment, an unsure spell” said Gray. “But I don’t think it’s as bad as many people I heard at the weekend portraying it to be.
“They just seem to have lost the goal habit. They had a blank against Norwich, a scruffy last minute winner against QPR, [Santi] Cazorla’s consolation against Manchester United, and against Schalke they didn’t score.
“But if you look at the side that they put out and take the top six, for instance, you are looking at Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. It’s hardly shabby.
“Lukas Podolski has 100 caps for Germany and has scored over 50 goals. Santi Cazorla is renowned as a fantastic player. We know that because when we were in Spain recently they couldn’t believe how he was allowed to leave when Real Madrid wanted him.”
Andy Gray admits that the league title may be beyond the Arsene Wenger’s men this season, but has tipped them as outside contenders for the Champions League.
“They are not good enough at the moment. I don’t think that team can win the Premier League, but they can win a cup. Trust me, they can win a cup.
“People will laugh but make no mistake about it, as Chelsea showed last year and Monaco showed a few years ago, it is not always the best team that wins [the Champions League].”
Arsenal will be in Champions League action tonight as they take on Schalke at the Veltins Arena. When Arsenal took on the German Club at The Emirates in October, they were victim to a surprise 2-0 defeat.