Jamie Carragher makes bold claim about Arsenal ahead of next season

Jamie Carragher slams Arsenal's lack of progress over the last 12 months

Jamie Carragher says Arsenal have gone backwards over the past 12 months despite finishing in their highest Premier League position since 2005.

The Gunners secured second spot in the table ahead of their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur after a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the season at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Arsene Wenger’s side still finished 10 points behind newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City despite beating the Foxes at King Power Stadium and the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal manager opted against signing any outfield players in the summer transfer window last year, securing an £11m deal to bring Petr Cech to north London from defending champions Chelsea.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Wenger had a big chance to turn Arsenal into Premier League title winners last summer, adding that the Gunners are even further away from ending their 16-year wait for the top-flight crown at the end of the current campaign.

“Even though they finished second this season, they are further away now even though they’ve gone up a place,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“Last year, for two years on the bounce they won the FA Cup. They had a fantastic run in the second half of the season. That feeling of winning a medal and you thought they’d go again this season. I thought Arsenal would run Chelsea closer than anyone.”

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