Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says that he expects the gunners to finish in the top three this season. This has been the extent of the club’s ambition over the last decade, as they have been unable to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Of late, the emergence of Manchester City has pushed them back even further.
Growing threat from teams like Tottenham has meant that Arsenal are not sure of the top four finish like they were a few years ago. Last season, it took a poor run of form from Everton over the last five matches to make sure that Arsenal had Champions League football this season.
Even though the debts of the club have substantially reduced, the club still make it a priority to finish in this position to ensure the continuity of the club as one of the best in England.Wright has seen Arsene Wenger listen to some of the widespread criticism, as the Frenchman has responded by signing a number of experienced top players like Alexis Sanchez. Since the club already 13 points behind table leaders Chelsea,Wright reckons that it will be difficult for the club to win the title from this position but he will take comfort from the fact that a top four place looks up for grabs.
“If Arsenal had played like this since August, they would have been challenging for the title now. But Chelsea look to have the league sewn up. A 13-point gap is too big for Arsenal to close. City could still be caught and I fancy Arsenal to finish in the top three.First of all they have to make sure Sunday’s fantastic performance is not another false dawn. It is one result, a platform to build on. But they can’t let it be a one-off,” said Wright.