Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes that with all things considered, we can no longer believe that qualifying for the Champions League, and perhaps doing well in the cup competitions, reflects a good season.
Following our eight-game winning run, we have catapulted ourselves from top four contenders in the Premier League into leaders Chelsea’s nearest challengers. And while our bid for the title has come too late to be considered too seriously, there are still some that believe that prolonging our purple patch could see us reach the summit when the dust settles on a turbulent season.
According to the London Evening Standard, Smith – who scored 86 league goals during his time at Highbury – suggested that we are now in too strong a position not to mount a regular title challenge starting next year. In previous years, we have arguably been restricted by the financial constraints that come from moving into a new stadium. However, Smith doesn’t think that that can be used as an excuse for future failure.
“If you look back now you would say building our stadium and keeping competitive was an amazing achievement. But now they should be looking to kick on. If they don’t start challenging for the league again over the next year or so then serious questions have to be asked,” he said.