Alexis Sánchez won’t fire Arsenal to top-four finish, says Michael Owen

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen feels Arsenal will struggle to finish in top four despite Alexis Sánchez's arrival

Michael Owen believes Arsenal will miss out on a top-four finish this season despite the arrival of Alexis Sánchez.

The Chile international is the Gunners’ first signing of the summer, with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy also both heavily linked with moves to north London.

Arsenal haven’t had any real stand out players in the last few years, like Thierry Henry. They have just lagged a step behind

Michael Owen

Arsenal saw off competition from Everton to finish fourth last season after seeing their Premier League title bid come to stuttering halt following losses to Chelsea and Liverpool.

Owen welcomed the arrival of Sánchez at The Emirates, but the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker still feels Arsene Wenger’s side will struggle to secure fourth spot.

“I have been really impressed with Arsenal’s signing of Sánchez,” Owen told talkSPORT. “They have been missing a bit of quality but [they’ll miss out].

“The signing of Sánchez has made everyone sit up and take note. I really do rate him, he’s a top player and it’s a big step in the right direction.

“But, in no particular order, my top four for next season would be Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool.

“Arsenal haven’t had any real stand out players in the last few years, like Thierry Henry. They have just lagged a step behind.”

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