Arsenal legend Frank McLintock has questioned the Gunners’ ambitions to win the Premier League title and has suggested that his former club will once again manage to finish in the top four.
The Gunners last won the league title in 2004 and then went on a nine-year-long trophy drought, which ended earlier in May when they won the FA Cup. Wenger has seen his side qualifying for the Champions League by regularly finishing fourth in the last few seasons.
McLintock believes that the North London club’s struggles against the top teams will see them miss out on winning either the league title or Europe’s elite club competition.
According to the Express, he said:
It will be a big struggle for Arsenal to compete with Man City and Chelsea.
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.
It would not be an anomaly to call Arsenal one of this season’s genuine contenders for the Premier League title. They could have done with some defensive recruits, but still the North Londoners have reinforced their squad in the best possible way and the new signings have also looked pretty good. The injuries have really started to hurt our prospects however, with Debuchy being ruled out for 3 months, but I feel we have enough to cover the situation in the short term.
The midfield had also looked quite good thus far, despite the major talking point being the lack of a genuine defensive midfielder. Ramsey has shown flashes of his form from last season and Wilshere, albeit oblivious for large parts, has made his presence felt. Ozil finally showed his class when played in his preferred No. 10 role. But the three injuries picked up against Tottenham are extremely worrying. With Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere out for the games against Chelsea and Galatasaray, it becomes really tough for us to field a competitive midfield.
The front line will take some time to acclimatize and unleash their full potential on proceedings. The main strength of the Gunners is attack and not so much defence, but if they are to compete for the Premier League title they will have to become watertight at the back. If they can manage their defence well, it shouldn’t take them too long to bring the Premier League title to the Emirates.
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