Between David Seaman supporting Tottenham in the Champions League and Martin Keown backing Spurs and Manchester United to finish ahead of Arsenal in the race for top four, it’s not been a particularly positive last week for Gunners legends discussing the club’s chances of glory this season.
Now, add Paul Merson to the list.
The two time First Division winning ex-Gunner discussed Arsenal’s title ambitions with Sky Sports recently and ripped into the club for never targeting Premier League silverware and instead being happy to secure a top four place every season.
“I was very fortunate to play Arsenal, an unbelievable football club.
“It’s got to the stage over the last seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13 years – get in the top four. Not win it, get in the top four.
“How are they set out to win it? You think Arsenal set out to win the Premier League? In your wildest dreams. You reckon they aimed that high?
“You’re not telling me their first priority is make sure we get in the top four. And then if we get lucky, and we’re still in it with 10 games to go, we’ve got a chance of winning it.
“I’m not talking about Man United, I’m talking specifically about Arsenal Football Club.
“Man United, this year [no], and they weren’t last year. Next year, they aren’t messing about for top four. They will want to win the league. And they will make an effort to win the league and they’ll buy players. Arsenal won’t.”
Harsh words from the former Gunners midfielder, but does Merson have a point? The Gunners haven’t mounted much in the way of a serious title challenge since last winning the league in 2004.
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