Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has said that he thinks the Gunners are “a million miles away” from winning the Premier League.
Arsenal made some big signings during the recent transfer window, such as Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Dani Ceballos, and they have started the season in positive fashion by winning their first two games.
This has led to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham saying that the Emirates Stadium outfit are the only side who can challenge Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
Parlour, though, disagrees with the 50-year-old and believes that Unai Emery and co are nowhere near the title at the moment.
He said on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on Wednesday morning:
“I heard a few shows yesterday saying we can challenge for the league, but they’re a million miles away from Man City and Liverpool at the moment, if I‘m honest.
“How many Arsenal players would get into the Liverpool team?
“The most important think is getting back into the Champions League. Maybe they could push a bit higher, but if they get fourth place this season I’d be delighted.”
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It is true that the Gunners have made some good signings this summer. Pepe brings goals from the wing, Kieran Tierney has merited a chance at a higher level after impressing in Scotland, whilst David Luiz and Dani Ceballos have gathered experience by playing for some of the best teams in the world in Chelsea and Real Madrid.
However, they will need time to gel before they can really think about winning the league. The fact of the matter is that Man City and Liverpool are just too far ahead at the moment and the cores of their squads have been working together for a long time.
The Gunners finished 28 and 27 points behind the two respectively last campaign – that is just too big a gap to bridge in the space of a few months and single transfer window. Both Liverpool and City have also started the season well, and there is no real indication that they will not be fighting it out at the top once again this term.
Arsenal have done some good business and do look to be in a healthy position moving forward, but expectations should be realistic. As Parlour says, a top-four finish would be a good outcome.