13 of our football pundits put their heads together, and each pundit predicted where each Premier League club would finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.
We then added up all the points and:
Verdict - We predicted Arsenal would finish 4th
Highest prediction: 3rd / Lowest prediction: 6th
Some of the comments from our pundits look pretty stupid now:
Gareth McKnight: 3rd - I don’t think Arsenal will be challenging for the title, but I think they will improve on last year.
Jamie Allen: 4th - Same old same old - a slow start, and then build momentum to nab Spurs for a Champions League place.
Ian Bolland: 4th - They always seem to get into the Champions League places.
Dan Coombs: 4th - Expect another close battle between Spurs and Arsenal for fourth, but the Gunners won't realistically finish higher. A lack of transfer activity so far means it will be an achievement to stand still.
Alan Dawson: 4th - On squad strength today, Arsenal are not any closer to gaining a league position. If Aladdin was Arsenal, he’d have hoarded his wishes like the Gunners hoard money.
Lewis Doe: 4th - Arsenal need to make a big name marquee signing because of their financial boasts earlier in the summer, but they should secure at least the top four without a problem.
Jenny Leigh: 4th - The Gunners lack world-class quality up front still and are light a centre-back or two. They’ve no real physicality in midfield and unless they strengthen they lack the strength, depth and quality to achieve any higher than fourth again.
Mathew Nash: 4th - I do think Arsenal will eventually buy a big name this summer, even if it isn’t Luis Suarez. Once they do, they can be a force and the defensive stability could prove vital to beating their rivals to fourth spot.
Key player: Theo Walcott
Vincent Ralph: 4th - A summer of ifs, buts and maybes means Arsenal look no closer to regaining the Premier League crown. It all looked so different when they were linked with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic, but now all their eggs are in a Luis Suarez-shaped basket. Sign him and a defensive midfielder and they can challenge. Otherwise it will be another season of disappointment.
Vic Daniels: 5th -The season the magic dies. Arsenal struggle almost from day 1, the fans continue to be frustrated, and Wenger quits at the end of the season, leaving his successor a pile of cash to spend.
Callum Farrell: 5th - The Gunners will finally suffer from a lack of action and ambition in the transfer market. They still have a squad which has quality and a team ethic but they haven’t improved to anything like the extent their rivals have.
Nick Harris: 5th - Arsenal needed substantial investment this summer, and even with their apparent new found financial muscle they have been unable to keep pace with their rivals in the transfer market. As a result, this could well be the year they drop out of the top four.
Graham Morris: 6th - More of the same from Arsenal, they've been gradually slipping back from the top three and being caught by those below them. There's been nothing to suggest that the trend won't continue.
Arsenal are currently sitting atop the Premier League, some 5 points above their nearest rivals.
Where do you believe Arsenal will finish this season ?
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