Chris Sutton predicts where Arsenal will finish

The former Chelsea striker doesn't expect Arsenal to challenge for the Premier League title this season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Sutton has tipped Arsenal to fall short in the Premier League title race again this season.

The Gunners have been tipped as potential contenders to win the title over the past couple of campaign but have failed to end their drought.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira inspired the Gunners to their famous unbeaten season.

The north London side regressed further last term when Arsenal ended up in fifth place following a disastrous start to 2017, ending up behind Liverpool.

Wenger’s side will compete in the Europa League for the first time this season, although the Arsenal manager could prioritise the Premier League.

Former Chelsea striker Sutton doesn’t expect Arsenal to challenge for the title, adding that Wenger hasn’t addressed the weaknesses in his defence.

“Arsenal need a centre-half,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“There is a lack of leadership. It’s the same thing every season. They’re just going to end up short like every season.”

The Gunners were thrilling 4-3 winners against Leicester City on Friday night thanks to late goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal won the Community Shield last weekend thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.

The north London side won the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons last term.

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