Graeme Souness predicts where Liverpool, Arsenal will finish this season
Graeme Souness says that neither Liverpool nor Arsenal will be Premier League title contenders next season
Graeme Souness believes that neither Liverpool or Arsenal will challenge for the Premier League title this season.
The north London side will be hoping to mount a Premier League title challenge this term as Wenger looks to try and steer Arsenal to their first triumph in since their unbeaten season in 2003-04.
However, Arsenal will have to make a significant improvement on their stuttering form in the top flight from last season when they ended up in fifth place in the table.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will also be hoping to be one of the main contenders for the title this season in what is Jurgen Klopp’s second full campaign in charge at the club.
The Reds finished fourth in the table last term despite having looked like potential title challengers in the first half of the campaign.
However, former Liverpool star Souness believes that neither Arsenal nor Liverpool will be Premier League title challengers next season.
Writing in his column for the Sunday Times, Souness said: “I don’t see Liverpool or Arsenal as challengers, and the same goes for Spurs.
“That observation should hurt Tottenham fans after their performances over the past two seasons.
“There remain just over three weeks until the end of the transfer window, but I find their inactivity to date baffling.
“It’s a cliche but true that if you stand still in the Premier League you go back. That’s how I see Spurs.
“A stronger United makes life harder for Chelsea and I expect Manchester City to do better this season.
“Going forward they look the best of all the title contenders.
“Where they slipped up last season was at the back.
“Pep Guardiola had a major defensive clear-out over the summer but the player who may be most important to their fortunes is the one who has been there the longest, Vincent Kompany.”
Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Leicester City at The Emirates on Friday night.
The Gunners won the FA Cup last season under Arsene Wenger.