‘Big problems’ – Pundit absolutely slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has blasted Arsenal’s squad – and doesn’t rule out their chances of dropping outside the top six next season.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Redknapp felt that The Gunners would struggle to keep up with the likes of Spurs in next year’s race for the Champions League spots to the extent that another Premier League side could “quite easily” take their spot within the top six.
He said: “Even though they finished close up to Tottenham in the league last year, I look at the teams now and Arsenal are miles behind Tottenham. They’ve got no defenders or midfielders.
“If they’re not careful this year, them or Manchester United could drop out of the top six quite easily. I really do think they’ve got big problems.”
Redknapp’s tirade on The Gunners comes as the club have failed to add to their ranks through new signings this summer – with their only new arrival thus far being an attacker in 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli.
While negotiations continue to bring in defenders such as William Saliba and Kieran Tierney, their defensive worries were added to following captain Laurent Koscielny’s refusal to join the club on their pre-season tour of the United States.
Arsenal’s lack of signings so far has potentially given clubs the opportunity to close the gap between themselves and the Gunners through the additions of personnel.
However, if there’s anything in Redknapp omitting Chelsea from possibly missing out on the top six despite their transfer ban, then perhaps there’s an argument to suggest that if Chelsea can get by without the influential Eden Hazard – who reached double figures in goals and assists last season – surely Arsenal can have a go at the Champions League places again next year, spearheaded by the 50-goal partnership at their disposal.
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