Ray Parlour disagrees with Roy Keane’s assessment of Arsenal’s top four chances

Arsenal are hoping to secure a top four spot in the coming season after investing significantly this summer, but not everyone is convinced.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlous disagrees with Roy Keane over his top four prediction for the coming season.

We are now just days away from the start of the new Premier League season, and the Gunners have the privelege of kicking it off, taking on Crystal Palace on Friday night.

Mikel Arteta fell short in their bid to land a top four finish last season, losing out to rivals Tottenham late in the day.

But it’s hoped they can go one better this time around, with Arteta getting the opportunity to strengthen his ranks significantly.


Despite that, Manchester United legend Keane is not convinced Arsenal have what it takes.

“I couldn’t agree more I think this [previous season] was their opportunity [to return to the Champions League],”he told SkyBet.

“They blew it, they got into a great position, four, five games to go in the season you think they’re in pole position and they blew it.

“They couldn’t get over the line. They were poor, the Newcastle game was a real blow to them where they never turned up and the manager was quite critical of them after the game, some of the players were – senior ones.

“So you wouldn’t be putting any bets on Arsenal to finish top four next season because the other teams, Man United will better – you’d of thought. Tottenham will be stronger.”

Roy Keane was heavily-linked with replacing Lee Johnson as Sunderland manager (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)


In contrast, former Gunners star Parlour believes Arsenal could go two better than last season, potentially grabbing third place.

“I would go Manchester City to win it. Then Liverpool, definitely. I think Arsenal have to aim for third,” Parlour told talkSPORT.

“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.”