'They will struggle to make top four' - John Cross reveals why Arsenal won't win back their CL spot
By Abigail Withey
Chief football correspondent for the Mirror, John Cross, believes that there haven’t been enough changes made at Arsenal in order for them to achieve a top-four spot in the Premier League this season.
During the last campaign, Arsene Wenger’s side ran a disappointing campaign in the top flight and finished in fifth place without a spot in the Champions League for the first time in his reign.
The Gunners secured defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke as well as Lyon goal-machine Alexandre Lacazette, but that doesn’t appear to have made much difference within the squad.
“It doesn’t feel different at all for Arsenal,” Cross said during the Mirror football podcast.
“You can feel it’s the same manager, it’s the same old players, there are not enough new signings. The signings from last season that haven’t worked out haven’t moved on.
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“All this talk about big change – it just hasn’t happened. It feels exactly the same. For Arsenal, I think it’s going to be such a struggle to get into the top four this season.
“Signing a defender on a free transfer and one striker was nowhere near enough to turn Arsenal into title contenders, and I think they will struggle to make the top four.”
Arsenal had a promising start to the season after winning the Community Shield against Premier League champions Chelsea, which was then followed by an eventful 4-3 victory over Leicester in their first game of the campaign.
However, the Gunners suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Stoke City last weekend which led to last seasons frustrations being replicated.
Throughout previous years many fans made their feelings around Arsene Wenger clear, with a lot of supporters calling for the boss to leave the Emirates after 21 years at the club.
Wenger surprisingly extended his contract for a further two years, and will remain at the helm of the club until 2019.
In other Arsenal news, the club’s youth midfielder has secured an exit from the Gunners.