Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has retracted from his previous claims that we were genuine title contenders and stated that our performance against Liverpool proved that we’re some way off Manchester City and Chelsea.
I was wrong – going on last night’s performance this Arsenal side cannot win the league… http://t.co/LHCp8cv4vS
— Harry Redknapp (@Redknapp) August 25, 2015
Taking to his Twitter account, Redknapp believes that the strength of our squad was tested given that both Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker were ruled out before kick-off, and our defensive showing was far from convincing.
Calum Chambers and Gabriel looked nervy in the first half and gave Liverpool a number of chances which could’ve ended the game as a contest at the halfway point.
With all the top-level squads expected to compete in multiple competitions, Redknapp doesn’t believe we have the squad capable of challenging on all fronts.
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“I fancied Arsenal before the start of the season but now, going on what I’ve seen I’d revise that – there are only two runners this season, Manchester City and Chelsea and you’d have to fancy Man City so far,” Redknapp wrote on Kicca.
“You need a big squad to play in both the Champions League and Premier League and if they get a few knocks who is going to play at the back alongside Mertesacker?”
After a wave of optimism surrounded us as we headed into the new season, with many tipping us to win the league, it seems as though the pressure has got to the players early on.
Having played two home games as well as that trip to Selhurst Park, accumulating four points represents a disappointing start to the season.
We face a crucial final few days in the transfer window, if Wenger is serious about challenging for the league this season instead of settling for a Champions League place.