Former defender and TV pundit Jamie Carragher is backing Arsenal to finish in the top four this season, following a good summer in the transfer market.
The ex-Liverpool player believes the Gunners were right to target more attacking players despite the London club’s problems defensively, as he thinks it will improve their goalscoring record away from home. He now believes Arsenal will make the Champions League places:
“Yes, they are top-heavy but they’ll be exciting to watch. I have never really had Unai Emery down as that sort of manager. He reminds me a bit of Rafa Benitez in that he’s very studious and very focused. I think they’ll get top four.”
It is an interesting opinion from Carragher. Due to the lack of high calibre centre-backs, it means teams are having to pay a premium to get the best ones.
The alternative is to score more than the opposition, and with the introduction of Nicolas Pepe‘s goals and assists, it appears the Gunners’ solution is simply more firepower.
It contrasts significantly from Manchester United’s approach, who finished behind Arsenal last season. They’ve spent £130m on two defenders this summer to get back into the top four, and it will be interesting to see which method prevails.