Arsenal latest: Ex-captain questions club’s ambition, Wenger suggests Spurs could challenge for title and more

All the latest news and views from the Emirates Stadium ahead of the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur...

Frank McLintock has dismissed Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season.

The former Scotland international believes that the Gunners do not have the strength in their squad to compete against current leaders Chelsea and defending English champions Manchester City.

McLintock, who won the league and FA Cup double with Arsenal in 1971, claims that Arsene Wenger’s side will finish either third or fourth in the Premier League.

‘It will be a big struggle for Arsenal to compete with Man City and Chelsea’, he told talkSPORT. ‘They will be third or fourth again. Nine seasons have gone and they have won just one FA Cup...

‘I can’t see them being particularly strong though. Now they are out of the Capital One Cup, it will be third or fourth position and an FA Cup [run]. I can’t see us doing much better than that’.

Arsenal are in Premier League action on Saturday when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby.

Speaking ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium, Gunners manager Wenger seemed to suggest that Spurs can challenge for the league title.

‘It looks again this season that every point is difficult to make’, Arsenal’s official website quotes the Frenchman as saying. ‘Of course we play a home game and we want to win our home games.

‘Are they defining points [on Saturday]? I don't know, but Tottenham has over the years had good players and a good team. To be on top of them of course means that you can fight for the top of the league’.

Wenger has also made a bold comment about the Premier League, claiming that all of the world’s best attacking players play in the English top flight.

‘When you look at the top-quality players that come into the Premier League now, basically we have all of the best attacking players in Europe here’, said the 64-year-old. ‘The creative players also play in England. If you look at the big clubs, [they have] the huge financial potential and huge offensive power’.

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