Outspoken ex-Spurs boss: Arsenal need a reality check

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has dismissed Arsenal's chances of silverware.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is not a popular man among Arsenal fans, and don't expect that to improve.

With the Gunners riding high at the top of the Premier League, and boasting a 100 per cent record in their Champions League group, optimism around the club has never been higher.

Harry Redknapp is insisting however that nobody should be getting carried away, and has written off their chances of winning trophies.

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In his Sun on Sunday column he wrote:

"Arsenal are in good form but we may need a reality check.

"A win (against Dortmund) would have them down in my eyes as a realistic contender to actually win the Champions League. But I don't think we'll be seeing an English winner in Europe's main competition, sadly.

"I would bet on them reaching the quarter-finals, but it's hard to see beyond Munich and the two Spanish teams to win it, as well as Dortmund themselves."

He goes onto cite a lack of back-up for striker Olivier Giroud as a key reason he feels Arsenal will not win the Premier League.

"That's where they could come undone over 38 games in the Premier League... Arsenal will be up there challenging at the top of England come the end of the season but I don't think they'll win the title."

Redknapp is entitled to express his opinion, and predicting a winner of the title this season is tough, with it one of the most open seasons in years.

But a key reason why he is wrong to dismiss Arsenal's chances of the title based on the striker issue is that in January, Arsenal have a great opportunity to counter this by signing a forward or even two to bolster their challenge.

The Gunners are now entering a crucial period of fixtures in both competitions. If they can emerge from them still at the top of the table, they have a great chance of ensuring Redknapp ends up being one of many to eat his words.

What do you think of Redknapp's comments?

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