Arsenal are virtually guaranteed a top four finish this season, but are still some way from being Premier League title contenders, according to former Gunners striker Alan Smith.
The Gunners have endured a tricky start to the current season, but following the midweek win over high-flying Southampton Arsene Wenger has refused to give up on a shock push for the biggest prize.
Leaders Chelsea already have a 13 point buffer over Arsenal and are widely being tipped to walk away with the trophy given their unbeaten league record, which is yet to be truly threatened this term.
The north Londoners have now gone over ten years without a title, and Smith feels that this season will be a case of ‘same old’ for his former club, with the top four a realistic ceiling:
“I can see them having a good run, they have done it in years gone by, but I can’t see them getting the kind of results that give them that proper belief that they are title challengers.” He told talkSPORT.
“I think they are a better team going forward now, without question, but you look back to their defensive weaknesses and think of the Anderlecht game, the Swansea game, the Man United game and have they erased it from their game?
“We will have to see when they come up against better opposition in the months to come. I don’t see them as a title-challenging team.
“They will finish in the top four, no danger. I think them and Manchester United will be vying for those third and fourth places, but I cannot see them getting to the level of Chelsea.”