Arsenal are not a ‘top-four team,’ according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, who believes the Gunners are ‘only just better’ than Crystal Palace.
With a 2-0 victory away at Selhurst Park on Friday night, the Gunners got their season off to the best possible start.
Mikel Arteta’s side took all three points thanks to a first-half header from Gabriel Martinelli and an own goal from Marc Guehi in the 85th minute.
Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, both debutants, impressed, while William Saliba, also making his debut, was solid at the back. Nicol, on the other hand, remains unconvinced by Arsenal’s top-four credentials.
Nicol told ESPN FC:
Considering how badly they started last season, getting the win regardless of how you play is probably the most important thing.
I thought they were there the best side, there wasn’t much in it, which kind of tells me that they’re not a top-four side.
Yes, they’re better than Palace who are a mid-table team, and they’re only just better than Palace.
It kind of looks as though, certainly judging from this game, we’re kind of going to get the same Arsenal as we got last year – a team that will do well at times but ultimately won’t get in the top four, not on this performance.