By Frank McAvennie

2nd Aug, 2022 | 1:26pm

Pundit issues two-word Arsenal verdict after Edu reveal via Sky

Frank McAvennie has claimed Arsenal have “no chance” of challenging Man City and Liverpool for the title next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker said Pep Guardiola would not have let Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko leave if he viewed the Gunners as a competitor.

Speaking to Sky Sports (26 July), Arsenal technical director Edu revealed he expects the London club will “win things” this season.

He said that the Gunners can achieve more than just a top-four finish in the 2022-23 campaign.

Mikel Arteta’s side have made five signings this summer, including the signings of Jesus and Zinchenko from City.

When asked if he thought Arsenal will be able to compete with Man City and Liverpool next season, McAvennie told Football Insider: “No chance.

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Are they a good team? Yes. They’ve brought some decent players, I like the two from Man City that they’ve brought in.

But there’s a reason Pep has let them go, they’re [Arsenal] not going to be challenging Man City. He wouldn’t let the two of them go to Arsenal if he thought for one minute if he thought they were going to challenge them.

Why would City let them go there if they thought they were going to be title contenders? It’s not going to happen with Arsenal this year. They’ll be challenging for European places I would expect but they won’t be challenging Man City and Liverpool.

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