Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said Arsenal are likely to miss a top-four finish next season. He said the Londoners missed a “huge opportunity” to secure Champions League football this season and would struggle to do so next season due to the games’ congestion.
Fourth-placed Arsenal were four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur going into the last three games of the season. However, they suffered a 3-0 loss to Spurs in the north London derby when their lead was reduced to a single point.
The Gunners then suffered another away defeat, this time at Newcastle United, which put Spurs two points clear of fourth place. Arteta’s men won in their last league game of the season, but so did Spurs, meaning the Gunners stayed fifth in the final standings.
Regarding the Gunners’ campaign, Carragher manager Mikel Arteta praised his work. However, he added that the Spaniard is not on the same level as the league’s top managers such as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte. Speaking at The Overlap Fan Debate, Carragher said:
“I wanted Arsenal to finish in the top four because I like what Mikel Arteta has done. I actually think he did a really good job; I really believe in that and I love the young players they have.”
“But Mikel Arteta is not at the level of Conte, Tuchel, Klopp and Guardiola at the moment – even if he has done a good job. And I think that opportunity in that game in Newcastle, I think that’s going to be a game that Arsenal fans look back on and think, ‘That’s where things went wrong for Mikel Arteta’.”
Carragher believes the lack of European football has given the Gunners an advantage in the 2021-22 season that they won’t have next season. The footballer-turned-expert added:
“When you say it’s about bringing people in and it’s a build-up process, I understand that, but Arsenal will have less money now, the top four will have more money and I just think that was a huge opportunity without having European football. That was a big advantage this season, they now have to play from Thursday to Sunday.”
“I don’t see Arsenal getting the Champions League (next season). There’s no way, at the start of next season, whoever they sign, that I would even believe Arsenal would be close to the top four. I could be proven wrong.”
Tammy Abraham ‘thrilled’ about London return amid Arsenal interest
With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts expiring in June, Mikel Arteta’s side are in dire need of reinforcements in attack.
According to Metro, former Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has emerged as a possible target. The former Chelsea forward is keen to return to London and bolster the Gunners’ ambitions.
Abraham, who won the UEFA Europa Conference League on Wednesday (25 May), made a brilliant debut at Roma. The Englishman scored 27 goals in 52 games, making it the best for Jose Mourinho’s team. It’s understood Roma have no intentions of parting ways with Abraham, meaning the Gunners may have to pay a fortune to land the England striker.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-there-s-way-jamie-carragher-makes-bold-claim-arsenal-s-uefa-champions-league-aspirations-next-season?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “There’s no way” – Jamie Carragher makes bold claim on Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League aspirations next season