Arsenal will do well to finish above mid-table this season and are likely to finish tenth based on the quality of the teams around them.
That’s the view of Paul Merson, who believes his former club’s recruitment policy has left them short this term.
The Gunners splashed out over £150m last summer on the likes of Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale but they’ve lost their first three fixtures in the Premier League, without scoring a single goal.
And Merson believes the Gunners will struggle for a European spot this term, with the former Aston Villa man predicting a mid-table finish.
‘At the moment, Arsenal are middle of the table. If they come fifth or sixth I think they’re pulling up trees, 10th is about right,’ said Merson.
‘Everton look organised with Rafa now, West Ham look decent, it’s going to be hard it’s not a free ride anymore.
‘These other teams are buying good players, Aston Villa have Danny Ings, why’ve Arsenal not got Danny Ings? Why they not buy Danny Ings?
‘I worry about the recruitment. Arsenal are never beating anybody, you never see them nick a player off Man United. They’re the only team after a player.’
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