Ray Parlour has claimed Arsenal will never win the league under new manager Unai Emery, and noted that the strength of Manchester City is their main stumbling block.
He also added that Arsenal need to make sure they finish in the top four, and managing to do that would constitute a good season for them.
“I would love him to do it (win the league), but I’m going to say no,” Parlour told talkSPORT this morning.
“I think Man City are going to get stronger and stronger, and I think Pep Guardiola is going to stick around.
“I can’t see who’s going to challenge them.
“Top four is going to be important (for Arsenal).
“They’ve got to get back into the Champions League, so, for me, top four will be a very successful season.
“Unless there’s massive investment, the same as at Man City, (they’ll never win the league).
“Man City will go out and buy the big players. If Pep Guardiola stays around and they keep trying to make the squad better, it’s going to be very difficult.”
One of the main differences between Arsenal and City is of course the state of the club internally, and not even considering players, City have been gearing up for Pep Guardiola for some time and their model is suited to him.
Now, with the departure of Wenger, Arsenal are looking to get into a more continental mould, with the board having a bigger say in transfers and the head coach role being what they need, not a manager – something Emery is well versed in after his time at PSG and also Sevilla, and that was thought to be a huge plus during the interview process at Arsenal.