By Will Butcher
Ray Parlour believes Arsenal will find it difficult to finish in the Premier League’s top four after losing to rivals Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds secured all three points with a 3-1 win, which included strikes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Speaking on Alan Brazil’s talkSPORT breakfast show, ex-Gunners midfielder Parlour claimed Liverpool were hungrier to win at Anfield and is worried about Arsenal’s top-four chances.
“You go to Anfield, you know you’re expecting a fast start from Liverpool. I’ve played there many times and you know you’ll be under the cosh for the first 15-20 minutes,” Parlour said, in a video posted on Brazil’s Twitter account.
“But Arsenal did not start at all. Liverpool were winning every second ball, and were so much better than Arsenal in the first half.
“In the end, it wasn’t good enough. They’ve slipped out of the top four and it’s gonna be difficult for them.”
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) March 6, 2017
Arsene Wenger’s side have now won just once in their last four Premier League encounters, which has included losses to Watford and Chelsea as well as Liverpool.
Sitting in fifth, the Gunners are two points behind fourth placed Liverpool but have a game in hand over the Merseyside giants, as the race to finish in the Champions League places hots up.
Wenger’s side are next in action on Tuesday night, as they play host to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie after losing 5-1 in the reverse fixture.
Parlour, 43, made a huge 470 league and cup appearances for the Gunners in a spell lasting more than a decade with the north London giants before joining Middlesbrough in 2004.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has had his say on reports suggesting a rift between Alexis Sanchez and Wenger.