Former Gunners strikers ruled out Arsenal from title race
The former Gunners striker, John Hartson thinks that Arsenal are not even nearer to their rival teams in comparison with the transfer market and has also ruled out the talks of Arsenal winning the title in the upcoming season.
Arsenal’ boss Unai emery has been trying hard to strengthened the bench and provide depth to the squad since the day he has joined the club. Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient, Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus has been some of the players to join the Arsenal squad since his arrival at the Emirates stadium.
However the former striker has denied that the club has not tried to sign big names like Eden Hazard or Willian.
In talks with the Daily Star, the former player said,
“Arsenal fans are going to have to be patient for a couple of seasons, not demanding such success because I believe they’re still way behind in the market for the best players in the world, I really do. I think I share a lot of opinions even with their own fans”
“But they’ve appointed Emery, he’s got a very impressive CV behind him in terms of the Europa League.
“I think they need to be a bit patient with him and I believe in time he’s got the capabilities if he’s given the funds to add to the group they’ve got.
“But they’re still a long way from signing the best players in the world, as when they come up, when the best players in the world become available, they’re never in for them. They’re never in for them.
“Why aren’t they in for Hazard? Why aren’t they in for Willian? Why aren’t they in for these big players that would probably cost £80m? I don’t think they’re prepared to go there.”
The player thinks that Arsenal has not tried to invest like other clubs which will end up getting worse for the Gunner in the upcoming season.
He continued to say that,
“I still think they need to spend. I don’t think they’re anywhere near the quality of a Liverpool or a Man City.
“What are Arsenal playing for, are they playing for a top-four place and a cup run? They can’t win the league with this team.
“I just think you look at Chelsea who have got a few issues, you look at their top three players – are they going to be at the club?
“[Thibaut] Courtois, Hazard and Willian – all linked with big moves away. It’s huge for the new Chelsea manager to deal with before his team even kick a ball.