Arsenal legend tips his former side to finish above Spurs and Chelsea

Ray Parlour
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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has backed the Gunners to finish above Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this season.

In the previous campaign, Tottenham finished fourth in the table with a two-point gap from the Gunners, who ended up in fifth place after Antonio Conte’s side make a late surge, which coincided with Arsenal’s drop in form, gifting Spurs the opportunity to secure the final Champions League spot.

Spurs have been on a gradual upward trend under Antonio Conte, and they have now improved their squad by adding six new players to the mix. Mikel Arteta’s team, on the other hand, cannot be overlooked either, having reinforced their side by adding Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira (Sky Sports).

Arsenal legend Parlour believes his former club would eye a top-three finish and even achieve that target ahead of Spurs in the process. However, he did say that the Gunners need to make one more addition to the squad to give them the best chance of reaching that objective.

The 49-year-old also tipped Chelsea to encounter a difficult season in which they could finish outside of the top four.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said: “I would go Manchester City to win it. Then Liverpool, definitely. I think Arsenal have to aim for third. That’s going to be their aim. If they can keep everyone fit, one more player coming in, then they have a decent squad, so I am going to go third for Arsenal and then Spurs will be good (for fourth).”

“But I think Chelsea are going to struggle this season. Unless they make some signings, they might make a couple before the window closes and then you might change your mind. However, Spurs have to win a trophy.”

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Conte has racked up a name for himself in his previous tenures for being efficient in domestic competitions the league. He led the north Londoners to fourth in the league table last time around by bringing in just Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus back in January.

One would simply wonder about the improvement Conte can make considering the reinforcements they have brought in so far. Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence would significantly bolster the wing-back places, while Fraser Forster would undoubtedly be a solid option to back up Hugo Lloris when required.

Yves Bissouma would solidify the quality in our midfield, which would lead to healthy competition for the starting spots. Richarlison, on the other hand, can be a dependable second fiddle to Harry Kane, something they have lacked for quite a long period.

Richarlison is also flexible enough to play as a backup for Son Heung-Min on the left wing. Finally, Clement Lenglet joined from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal (Daily Mail), who would improve the options in the left centre-back position.

In such a case, Parlour’s words can simply be deemed biased towards his previous team. The quality of the entire team has been uplifted in this transfer window, and another solid addition in the central defensive role would essentially seal the deal for this summer.

Spurs would become the favourites for the third-place finish ahead of Arsenal, considering their bitter rivals currently need to recruit more quality to close the gap.