The Scotsman – who played more than 400 games for the North London club in the 1960s and 1970s as a defender – has criticised a perceived lack of ambition at the club, and after recent disappointing defeats to Southampton in the League Cup and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, McLintock sees this season panning out in a familiar fashion.
“It will be a big struggle for Arsenal to compete with Man City and Chelsea,” he said while speaking to talkSPORT.
“They will be third or fourth again. Nine seasons have gone and they have won just one FA Cup.
“It would be lovely to see us actually challenging for the title, or really doing well in the European Cup.
“I can’t see them being particularly strong though. Now they are out of the Capital One Cup, it will be third or fourth position and an FA Cup [run]. I can’t see us doing much better than that.”
Although Arsene Wenger’s side has qualified for the Champions League for 17 consecutive years, last season’s FA Cup success was their first piece of silverware in nine years, and the Gunners have not come close to winning the Premier League since they last lifted the trophy in 2004.
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