Former Gunners star feels a top 4 finish would be considered as success
Arsenal had a very busy summer as Unai Emery was appointed as the new manager of the club after Arsene Wenger decided to leave the club after 22 years. The Spaniard signed a three-year deal worth £15 million.
He was given the charge with the task of rebuilding the squad and returning the club to the European elite while challenging for other major honours, after they finished sixth in the Premier League last season resulting in missing the Champions League this season.
However, the Gunners didn’t got off to a great start as they have begun life under the Spaniard with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League against their big rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
But they got their first Premier League points this season as they defeated West Ham United 3-1 last weekend and will look to continue the momentum in their upcoming match.
However, former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has warned the club to prepare themselves for another rollercoaster ride this season and believes a fourth place finish would be a success for them.
He told the Daily Star: “I’ll be delighted if they finish fourth.
“If they come fourth it’s been a very, very good season, a successful season. That’s how hard the Premier League is now and the competitive nature.
“Top four will be difficult – the bookmakers don’t get it wrong too often and Arsenal are the sixth favourites to get to the top four.
“In that respect it would be a good season. I’m always optimistic they can have a good season.
“I’m still a little bit worried that this is a transition period.
“They might have a few bumps along the way, it could be like a rollercoaster ride for Arsenal fans but as long as you can see a change developing in the team and the club itself then I think the fans will stick with it and go with it.
“Very rarely do you get a manager come into the club and you hit the ground running and win the league.
“[Antonio] Conte did it at Chelsea but if you look at the other clubs that tried it – Manchester United – it doesn’t happen.