Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal won’t ‘come close’ to the Champions League next season after they recently failed to qualify for the competition.
The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League in the 21/22 campaign as they narrowly missed out on Champions League football to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Although finishing fifth with such a young squad is a decent achievement, Mikel Arteta would’ve been disappointed by the Gunners’ end to the season, as they lost crucial games to Spurs and Newcastle in the run-in for top four.
Whilst Edu and Co are expected to add depth to Arteta’s squad in the coming months, Carragher doesn’t think it’ll be enough to help them leapfrog any of Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City in the table.
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“I wanted Arsenal to get top four because I like what Mikel Arteta’s done, I think Mikel Arteta has done a good job,” he said on The Overlap. “I love the young players they’ve got when you’re talking about going forward and building on that, Mikel Arteta right now is not at the level of Conte, Tuchel, Klopp and Guardiola, I think that Newcastle game will be one fans look back on and think that’s where it went wrong for Mikel Arteta because when you say bringing people in, it’s a building process but you’ve got less money now top four will have.
“I think that’s a massive opportunity, having no European football was a big advantage now you’re going to play Thursday, Sunday I don’t see how you’ll get Champions League. There’s no way at the start of next season whoever you bring in I’m sure it’ll be a striker and a couple of players, I would think Arsenal won’t come close to the Champions League.”
Whilst Carragher raises some fair points, Arteta will be eager to prove the former Liverpool centre-back wrong. First though, in order to give the Spaniard the best chance of doing exactly that, the club need to get their recruitment right this summer.