Arsenal legend Ian Wright has dismissed his former club’s chances of Premier League glory this season.
After last week’s 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea, Wright believes that the title is now beyond Arsene Wenger’s side’s reach.
Speaking to FootballFanCast.com at the launch of the Carlsberg Fan Squad, a football task force headed by Wright, Jeff Stelling and Paddy McGuinness, set up to make football even better for fans, Wright said: “I don’t think they can, there seems to be some real shortcomings in that result against Chelsea for a game of that magnitude. They are now four points behind Chelsea.
“If they had won or even if they got a draw, they would still be in touch. The manner in which they were beaten says to me that they’re not ready to win the league.”
Wright goes on to point out that the Gunners’ injuries crisis could also prove to be a major hindrance. He mentions that perhaps Wenger should have invested more in the squad and describes the problem as a turmoil.
“With the injuries they’ve had as well, their top player Ozil he’s out at the moment,” he added.
“Giroud is getting a lot of stick, he’s tired. I think he wears a lot of expectation on him and his second season was too much.
“Everyone is talking about how he should have bought (Wenger) a striker, all those things are turmoil, there’s a lot of turmoil, and other clubs are in the ascendancy.
“There`s harmony and confidence in their squads, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Man City, and Arsenal are not in the same place.”
Wright maintains, however, that the season has not been lost and that Arsenal should take pride in a much improved season. He also believes that the club still have a great chance in the FA Cup, but warns that the trophy won’t come easy, and that the pressure will now rise more than ever.
“I think they have had a great season up to this point and they still have a great opportunity in the FA Cup. The pressure will be turned up even more on them because that is not a foregone conclusion. Wigan have showed that they can on their day beat the best, they’ve beaten City twice now… So its not going to be easy, there’s a lot of pressure on Arsenal.”
Wright concludes flatly: “They’re not ready because their squad is not ready, they can`t do it.”
Stern words from a Arsenal hero. Arsenal fans will remain optimistic despite Wright’s comments, and hope the club can pick themselves up quickly.
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