BT Sport and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has claimed Arsenal could face a ‘bit of a wait’ before the club return to the Champions League.
The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League – five points off Chelsea in fourth – in what is Unai Emery’s first season at the club following Arsene Wenger’s departure.
“I think it’s always hard after a manager has been so dominant at a club for so long, like Arsene Wenger was and like Sir Alex was, it’s hard for a club to kind of reinvent itself which is what they’re trying to do.
“I was talking the other day with a couple of mates about how many Arsenal players would you put in either City, Liverpool or Tottenham’s side, or even United’s side.
“How many Arsenal players would get in any of those four teams? One or two possibly in one or two clubs maybe, no more than that.
“It’s going to be an intense battle for the Champions League spots, but there’s a long way to go. We’ve got a great group, we’re very united, and we want to improve as much as possible.”
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“Just because you’ve spent big money, which is not what they’ve really done, even if they did they’ve got to get it absolutely right.