11 Sep, 15:30
Joey Barton has written off Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Gunners will miss out on Europe’s premier club competition this term for the first time since 2000-01, but Barton feels that the absence will be repeated next term.
-I don’t think they’re going to get into the Champions League spots this year, and they’ve got a Europa League campaign to contend with. Any side that’s in that, you usually reckon it’s worth a negative of six points with the travelling on a Thursday night and playing Thursday and Sunday. [Arsene] Wenger has created great teams down the years, but for him it’s a tough one. You saw the Liverpool result and everyone is saying he should have gone [at the end of last season] and his critics are back out of the woodwork, so he’s in a tough position and it’s not going to get any easier. Getting [Alexis] Sanchez back on the pitch is going to be vital for them, getting him happy and back playing because anything they’ve done well over the last couple of years has been through that man, so the transfer window closing and him still being an Arsenal player is a massive plus. They’re going to score goals but they’re not going to be able to keep the clean sheets to mount a title challenge, Joey Barton said.
Arsenal are currently at position 11 with 4 games played.