Ian Wright makes blunt prediction about Arsenal and title challenge
Ian Wright believes Arsenal would be satisfied with a top-four finish this season
Ian Wright has poured cold water on talk of Arsenal winning the Premier League title this season.
The Gunners finished in second place behind surprise champions Leicester City last season after a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day saw Arsenal hoist themselves above bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal’s runners-up spot represented their highest finish since Arsene Wenger last led the north London side to the Premier League title in 2004.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all appointed new managers this summer, while Liverpool have added seven new players to their squad following a disappointing campaign.
And former Gunners striker Wright, who won the Premier League title under Wenger in 1998, doubts Arsenal will be able to mount a serious challenge this season.
“Arsenal could not manage a title challenge in a season where Leicester won the league and this time it is going to be a lot harder for them,” Wright told BBC Sport.
“Chelsea are going to be back in the mix and with United’s outlay and City also spending big, all three of them are going to be strong under Conte, Mourinho and Guardiola.
“As things stand, with no significant signings since Granit Xhaka, no new striker and injuries to their top three centre-halves, the best I can hope for Arsenal is that they make the top four again.”
Arsenal have won three Premier League titles under Wenger but are currently experiencing a 12-year drought.
Wenger has signed three players in the summer transfer window so far, starting with the £33m addition of Switzerland international Granit Xhaka from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Gunners will start their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.