Sol Campbell is confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this year based on the way they’ve started the new season.
The Gunners suffered a narrow 1-0 away defeat at Manchester City on Saturday evening, with Raheem Sterling the goalscorer for the hosts midway through the first-half.
Mikel Arteta’s side had a few brilliant chances to equalise during the contest at the Etihad Stadium, but they were denied by in-form goalkeeper Ederson in net.
The North London club have now picked up nine points from their opening five league games and their two defeats have come at the hands of last year’s top two, Liverpool and now Man City.
Arsenal now need to prepare for a Europa League tie on Thursday with Rapid Wien before facing Leicester City a few days later in the league, where they will be looking to return to winnings ways.
Campbell, who was a pundit in the Sky studio during the weekend’s fixture, remained fairly optimistic about his former club Arsenal post-match despite the 1-0 loss.
He believes that there has been an improvement under Spanish boss Arteta and that they have enough moving forward.
“If they continue like this they can easily get top four. In and around that top four Champions League positions, they are good enough,” Campbell told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (8:05pm, 17 October).
Arteta will be frustrated that his side haven’t been able to get any points from the league games against Liverpool and Man City, but it’s blatantly clear they are much improved.
They are no longer a team that can be walked over like they have been in recent years and there should be a strong belief this year they can push up the table.
Arsenal have not finished in the top four since Leicester City won the Premier League back in the 2015/16 season and that’s got to change for a club of their size.