Ruud Gullit: Arsenal must improve midfield to challenge Chelsea

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit plays down talk of Arsenal challenging the Blues next season

Arsenal don’t have a strong enough midfield to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title over the course of a season, according to Ruud Gullit.

The Gunners are the English top-flight’s form side after an impressive run of eight successive wins following a north London derby defeat in February.

Arsene Wenger’s side can close the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points if the Gunners beat Jose Mourinho’s side at The Emirates in their next league game on 26 April.

While former Gunners defender Martin Keown has talked up Arsenal as potential challengers next season, ex-Blues boss Gullit rubbished talk of a title challenge from the north Londoners.

“Chelsea have done really well [this season]. They bought some good players that improved their team from last year,” Gullit is quoted as saying by London Evening Standard.

“Arsenal are surprisingly also doing well – but I don’t think they are capable of winning a title or the Champions League with that team. I still think they need more power in midfield.

“But it is good to see that Arsenal are doing well, good to see that Manchester United are doing well and Chelsea and Manchester City – and we also need a good Liverpool because it is better for the quality of the teams in Britain.”

Arsenal edged to a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s 12-minute winner against Sean Dyche’s men.

The Gunners face Reading in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon as the north London outfit look to successfully defend their crown.

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