Emile Heskey has claimed that Arsenal need a ‘massive’ overhaul next summer, adding that he doesn’t see them making the top four this term.
The Gunners succumbed to their third defeat in eight Premier League outings this term, when losing to Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, falling to a disappointing nine points off the top of the table at this early stage in the competition.
We do however sit tied with champions Chelsea on 13 points, but Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs are already setting down their markers on places inside the top four.
It would be hard to argue that we are assured to finish above the Blues, but should we get our form back on the up, we still have plenty of time to earn a place inside the Champions League places. Emile Heskey doesn’t believe we have the mentality to do so however.
“I think Arsenal will miss out on the Champions League next season,” he said.
“The club needs a massive rebuilding job and the mentality of the players needs to change.
“I played in an era when Arsenal players had a winner’s mentality when they wanted to win every ball, every week and win every trophy.
“The club doesn’t have that anymore and they seem timid instead.”
The former England and Liverpool striker added his shout to lift the Premier League trophy come next May, and he didn’t surprise anyone by choosing the current leaders Man City.
“I think Manchester City will the title this season,” he added.
“The quality of their squad is so high and the depth of their squad is so deep, it’s hard to look beyond them.
“Guardiola is proving you can play attractive football as well as win trophies, and he needs to win something this season considering the money he has spent at the club.
“There is the expectation to win trophies and it should be win the title or bust. I think Guardiola has learned a lot from last season.”
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