Danny Murphy believes Mikel Arteta’s arsenal will “surprise” people next season.
Arteta was only able to lead the Gunners to eighth place in its first full season last season.
It’s the second season the club have finished two places outside the top 6, despite hopes sparked last summer after leading the Gunners to an FA Cup final triumph.
Arsenal failed to gain momentum last season, finishing six points outside the top six and a whopping 25 points behind champions Manchester City.
However, without Europa League football next season, Arteta’s men could benefit.
The Spaniard is also trying to move into the transfer market with Ben White as his next focus.
Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Benfica and Anderlecht have already extended the ranks at The Emirates. That is apparently enough to make former Liverpool and Fulham star Murphy believe that Arsenal could be a force again.
“I have a feeling and I don’t know where it comes from” Murphy told talkSPORT. “I think without European football and it looks like they are trying their hand at the market, I think Arsenal might surprise some.
“Although they have a difficult start, I think some of their young players – Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka for example – are great.
“If [Thomas] Partey stays fit, we saw a glimpse of his abilities. It could rest on it [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang], he just had the one bad season.
“I think Arsenal could only surprise a few people but we were wrong about them before.”
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Tammy Abraham at the latest
Arsenal are reported to agree to Tammy Abraham’s personal terms.
The 23-year-old seems overwhelmed at Chelsea after missing the pecking order. He looked for a stellar blues career after his breakthrough season 2019-2020. The Londoner scored 18 goals from 47 appearances in all competitions.
Having played six times against England, the football world seemed to be at his feet. But the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in West London changed all that.
Sidelined by the German tactician, he only played 17 minutes of football under the former Paris Saint-Germain coach. There is nothing to suggest that anything will be different in the coming campaign and a pull away looks at the cards.
A number of clubs have been associated with Aston Villa and West Ham who are well known admirers. Earlier this month, it emerged that the Hammers were at the head of the queue for his signature.
But now the Gunners have appeared on the scene and would like to use his services. Abraham is said to be earning around £ 80,000 a week at Chelsea but is asking North Londoners to earn £ 125,000.
And the Emirates outfit is ready to pay that amount The express.
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