The target for Arsenal this season is to secure qualification to the Champions League by either winning the Premier League or finishing the season in any of the top four positions.

While winning the Premier League looks like an impossible mission for the Gunners with the current standing, finishing the season in the top four does not look like it as well.

The North London outfit have lost three games in their opening six Premier League games and former player Nigel Winterburn thinks the team does not look like one that can meet its target.

The game last Premier League game against Leicester City would have been an opportunity for the Gunners to pick all three points to hand hope to the season but they were condemned by the lone goal from Jamie Vardy who came in from the bench in the second half.

Nigel Winterburn says “better teams will pull away” in the race for top four this season, explaining that the first 10 games is always a pointer to what should be expected and Arsenal’s games have hinted that they will not be able to finish top four.

He stressed that this season is the “Strangest season I can remember in a long time; the league is so congested and there isn’t a dominant team so far”

“We will know halfway through the season where Arsenal will likely end up, but as a fan, I do hope that comes to the end of the season they have a real chance of finishing in the top four” he added.

However, the North London outfit have had a 100 percent record so far in the Europa League as they have won their two games and will hope to see a victory in that league.

The Europa League provides an opportunity for the Gunners to secure automatic qualification to the Champions League if they are able to emerge champions.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.