Is former captain right when saying Arsenal are 'miles off' from the title?

Arsenal Logo

Arsenal legend and former captain Tony Adams says he thinks Arsenal will be way off the Premier League title pace next season.

Arsenal’s recent admissions about the money available to them has created a new wave of optimism related to the Gunners and it’s something which threatens to let a lot of fans get carried away next season.

Finishing fourth last year was very important because that has allowed Arsenal to attract a good calibre of player and if they complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain then expectations will go into overdrive.

Adams makes a good point that the Gunners will still be way off the pace next season because the trio of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea will still be a very hard little group to break into.

“I can’t see it, to be honest. They are still not good enough in certain areas of the team. And they are miles off the title,” said the former skipper.

So are Arsenal really way off the title pace and is it a good idea to judge them before the season has even started?

Well defensively last season Arsenal were superb and they had an outstanding record away from home, which should have allowed them to accumulate points in more of their difficult matches.

Any title winning side has to be able to provide a strong platform in defence, ensuring that there is no chance the positive work of the midfield and attack is undone.

The midfield for the club is very impressive, with plenty of players who can play in different roles and different central positions.

Perhaps the one thing the club is lacking heading into next season, to have a better shot at the title, is a world class winger.

That would also release Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott from having to play in wider positions, allowing them to focus on their job of scoring goals in the attack of the side.

The addition of Higuain would be superb because the Argentine forward guarantees goals and that’s something which is very significant.

Arsenal have rarely struggled to score goals on a consistent basis so the addition of a 20-goal-per-season striker to lead the attack will only improve that side of Arsenal’s game.

As for Arsene Wenger, well he’s always had a very good tactical head on his shoulders and the real challenge is going to be how he acts in the transfer market and whether he’s finally willing to spend a little bit of the club’s money.

Where do you think Arsenal will be in the title race next season?

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch