By George Brooks
BBC pundit Alan Shearer has predicted that Arsenal will finish below Liverpool in the Premier League for the second successive season.
Shearer, who was doing a Q&A for Coral on their Facebook page earlier today, was asked which team would finish higher and he said, “Liverpool, despite their issues defensively.
“I think Arsene at Arsenal is still searching to find the perfect balance going forward.
“When you spend £50m on a centre-forward and you leave him out of big games like Arsene Wenger has then I still think he’s searching for his best formation going forward.”
Wenger decided not to start club record signing Alexandra Lacazette, who joined from Lyon in the summer, in both away games against Liverpool and Manchester City.
Shearer went on to say that the Gunners’ best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is to win the Europa League, predicting they will fail to finish in the top four.
Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Wenger last season, with Liverpool pipping them to fourth place on the final day.
Wenger has played a younger side in the Europa League this season but Shearer insists that he will have to play his strongest team as Arsenal progress through the tournament.
Arsenal lost both games against Liverpool last season, losing 4-3 at home and then 3-1 away.
Both teams return to Premier League action on Saturday. Arsenal face their north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the lunchtime kick-off, while Liverpool take on Southampton at Anfield.
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