Paul Merson has predicted another tough season for Arsenal this term with their hopes of landing a Premier League title “a long way off”.
Arsene Wenger’s men finished outside of the Champions League places for the first time under the Frenchman last season but will be hoping to bounce straight back after a tough campaign in 2016-17.
However, former Gunners star Merson believes that Arseanl are set for another season of struggle, especially when Alexis Sanchez leaves before the end of the transfer window.
“I think Arsenal are a long way off still, I really do,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I don’t see Alexis Sanchez staying at Arsenal by September, and when you look at the rest of the team, I don’t see it happening.
“Alexandre Lacazette is a good player, but not everybody else was going after him. If you’re good and playing in France, PSG will be after you, or Monaco, who lost a lot of their players.
“That’s my worry. He plays that one-two, which will be good for Arsenal, but he’s not going to beat three players.
“People talk about Arsenal in the Europa League, maybe suggesting they won’t bother trying in it, but Arsene Wenger still has to fly out somewhere on the Wednesday, won’t get back until the Friday. It is still tiring.
“Therefore, I would tell Steve Bould to be in charge of the Europa team, and Wenger could work at home with the Premier League team.”