Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour has backed Spurs to finish in the top four ahead of Arsenal this season. He has also claimed that Arsenal will miss out on Champions League football again.
Arsenal have been making headlines with their transfer business this summer, with their expected capture of Nicolas Pepe exciting their fans (BBC News). However, Parlour believes this won’t be enough because he’s ‘really worried about the defensive situation’.
Arsenal’s defensive woes were well documented last campaign, with them conceding more than 13th place Newcastle. They have signed a £27 million centre back in William Saliba.
However to sign Saliba they had to agree to loan him back to St Etienne for a year (Sky Sports), meaning they have no new defensive reinforcements coming in this summer
Spurs smashed their record transfer fee to sign Tanguy N’dombele from Lyon (BBC) and look set to add to this signing with the additions of Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon this window (Mirror), with an audacious move for Paulo Dybala also being seriously considered by the Spurs hierarchy (Evening Standard).
This may have influenced Parlour’s decision to place Spurs ahead of Arsenal for the upcoming season. Parlour said (Alan Brazil Sport Breakfast Show – 29/07/19 – 6 am): “At this present time, I know there are a lot of deals to be done. You would definitely put Spurs in third. They haven’t lost any players. They have bought one in. The stadium looks immaculate. They’ll enjoy playing there as well.
“Fourth place is really up for grabs. I really don’t know how Frank is going to do. If I were to stick my neck out, I would go Chelsea fourth place. I am hoping Arsenal will get it. I am really worried about the defensive situation.”
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While Arsenal look to be having a good transfer window, it doesn’t cover how shockingly mediocre their squad is and it will be another season of near misses and defensive frailty for them this season.
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