You wouldn’t think Arsenal have enjoyed a brilliant summer window and an unbeaten start to the season following Ray Parlour’s recent comments.
Unai Emery has brought in five immediate signings in recent months, including Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a deal worth £72 million.
Pepe could well be in line to make his full debut at Anfield this weekend after two impressive cameos off the bench as Emery and co search for a third successive league win to lead the division outright.
However, Parlour, talking to talkSPORT, cited by Goal, admitted that the Gunners are a ‘million miles’ behind title challengers Manchester City and Liverpool.
I heard a few shows yesterday saying we can challenge for the league, but they’re a million miles away from Man City and Liverpool at the moment if I‘m honest.
The former midfielder then questioned how many Arsenal players would get into Liverpool’s side, before admitting a fourth-place finish would leave him ‘delighted’.
How many Arsenal players would get into the Liverpool team?
The most important thing is getting back into the Champions League.
Maybe they could push a bit higher, but if they get fourth place this season I’d be delighted.
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Parlour’s comments seem a bit strange to us.
Yes, the Gunners have had their struggles in previous years, but there seems to be a really good atmosphere between the club and the fans this season, which has shown in the opening performances on the pitch.
Even though Arsenal are behind City and Liverpool, it baffles us seeing a man who is known as an Arsenal legend openly slate the current crop of players, hinting that none of them would get into Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Getting in the Champions League is a target Emery must hit this season, and there’s no reason why the club can’t go all the way in the Europa League and another domestic cup competition.
The Premier League will more than likely be out of the Gunners reach this season, but at least we have a bit more hope for the side this season than Parlour seemingly does!