Arsenal are supposedly ‘losing sight of the top four’ according to former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan, who made the comments ahead of their must-win game against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Arsenal have been on a decent run of form over the last few weeks following an abysmal defeat at the hands of Watford. However, this run has only helped them to six wins in 10 Premier League games, three less than runaway leaders Manchester City.
While the Gunners are also level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and one point behind Tottenham in third, there has still been some cause for discontent.
Indeed, their inability to either sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil or tie them down to a new contract has angered some fans, while the manner in which they have been beaten this season has revealed that they are still some way off being able to consistently challenge at the top.
This is something former Crystal Palace owner agrees with, as he told Sky Sports: “Arsenal are losing sight of the top four, which they used to be part of”.
“The oxygen has gone out of Arsenal and it needed someone like a Diego Simeone to come in and give it a new energy and attract the elite players… I don’t think they are what they were”.
It is not the sort of assessment Arsene Wenger would want in the build-up to such an important game, but part of what Arsenal must improve upon is focussing on their own game and ignoring the superfluous noise in the build-up to their matches.
Arsenal must beat Manchester City on Sunday, and if they don’t, then the top four is probably the best they can hope for.