Ex-defender predicts where Arsenal will finish after January signings

Former Irish defender Kenny Cunningham believes Arsenal have left themselves too much to do in the top-four race

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsenal won’t finish in the Premier League’s top four despite some big-name January signings, Kenny Cunningham has claimed.

The Gunners signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal from Manchester United after Alexis Sanchez completed a switch to Old Trafford.

Arsenal brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a club record £56m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.

The north London side were comfortable 5-1 winners against Everton in the Premier League last weekend as Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan made their home debuts.

Arsene Wenger’s side will start the Premier League weekend in sixth place in the top-flight table and five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a spot in the Champions League for the first time under Wenger.

Former Irish defender Cunningham believes Arsenal have left themselves too much to do in the top-four race.

“They’ve left themselves too much,” Cunningham told Irish radio station Newstalk. “Regardless of the signings, I can’t see it.

“It’s over for them in terms of the Champions League through the league. All their eggs will be in the Europa League.”

Arsenal sold Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window as Wenger rejigged his Gunners squad.

The north London side will take on Premier League leaders Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley.

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