Arsenal hit the ground running to start the season and are one of the two teams to win both of their first English Premier League fixtures, so their supporters have high hopes for the remainder of the year.
However, that's not the case of former Gunner standout Ray Parlour, who thinks his team is miles away from being as good as Manchester City or Liverpool and currently have no shot at winning the English Premier League:
"I heard a few shows yesterday saying we can challenge for the league, but they’re a million miles away from Man City and Liverpool at the moment, if I‘m honest, How many Arsenal players would get into the Liverpool team?" Parlour told Talksport.
The ex-midfielder even went on to state that the club should be pleased just by landing the fourth seed this year, even despite the fact that they completed some interesting signings in the summer:
“The most important thing is getting back into the Champions League. Maybe they could push a bit higher, but if they get a fourth place this season I’d be delighted. But they are so far behind Manchester City and Liverpool at the moment. They’ve started well with a good away win at Newcastle and they got the job done at the weekend against Burnley, but really, they are two games they were expected to win, so I’m not getting carried away," he added.
Arsenal spent a lot of money this summer as several fans grew frustrated following another mediocre season, and the team's recent additions are more than enough to make their supporters believe they can compete at the highest of levels again, and Parlour at least acknowledged the fact that the team's management did a great job taking talent to North London:
“A lot of fans gave their season tickets back this summer. There were no signings and if you want to get in that top four you need to get players in to give them a chance of competing. At one stage it looked like Arsenal weren’t going to get anybody, it was a bit worrying. In the end, it was a decent transfer window for Arsenal and a lot of fans are excited about going into the new season," he concluded.
The Gunners signed Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, and David Luiz ahead of this campaign, and while City and Liverpool still look like the teams to beat in the EPL, they have a lot of depth at all spots and look poised for a bounce-back year this season.