Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been cautioned by Rio Ferdinand that failure to maintain consistency this year will result in them missing out on Champions League participation once more.
Last season, the Gunners were poised to advance to Europe’s top competition, but losses to Tottenham and Newcastle in their final three games allowed Antonio Conte’s team to snag fourth place.
Since the 2016–17 season, they haven’t participated in the Champions League.With the additions of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Matt Turner, Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, and Fabio Vieira, Arsenal has high expectations for this season.
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They can also make the Champions League by being the first team in their history to win the Europa League. Ferdinand, however, thinks their chances of cracking the top four are slim if they continue to lose games unexpectedly.
They’ve been busy in the transfer market, they’ve had some good additions,
But I’ll reserve judgement on Arsenal because they always look promising and then they fall away. If they can find consistency, then they’ll be a threat and they’ll push up the league. But it’s about consistency over a sustained period of time, which they’ve not been able to get too.
They may now get that with the manager being there the time he has been, getting his philosophy into the team. They’ve looked good in pre-season, but pre-season wins don’t mean nothing when the season starts.