Jermaine Jenas reveals what could ruin Arsenal’s top-four hopes
Jermaine Jenas issues a warning to Arsenal in the top-four race
Jermaine Jenas has warned Arsenal that injuries and a poor start could curtail their hopes of a top-four finish this season.
The Gunners continued their impressive record of securing Champions League qualification last season after Arsene Wenger’s side finished in second place ahead of their bitter north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Arsenal have only signed three players in the summer transfer window, with Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka the headline arrival after his £33m switch from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Wenger is currently contending with a defensive crisis at the back following injuries to Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Sunday’s season opener against Liverpool at The Emirates.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas believes Arsenal should be strong contenders in the top-four race unless the Gunners start slowly and injuries continue to pile up.
“As good as Arsenal are going forward, defensively I am very worried for them at the moment with all the injuries they have got,” Jenas told BBC Sport.
“I don’t think they will be far away from the top four but it will be hard for them to recover if they make a bad start.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 and have only won two FA Cup crowns during that 16-year top-flight title drought.
Wenger has also signed Japanese forward Takuma Asano and Bolton Wanderers centre-half Rob Holding in the summer transfer window following the arrival of Xhaka.