The low opinion that Arsenal is held in by many pundits, journalists and former players will not change even if they beat Liverpool 3-0 on Saturday. Trust me on this, they will find excuses for Liverpool, call Arsenal lucky, claim it will not last and so on.
Just today I read an article from former player Ray Parlour who said this on TalkSport: “I heard a few shows yesterday saying we can challenge for the league, but they’re a million miles away from Man City and Liverpool at the moment, if I‘m honest,”
“How many Arsenal players would get into the Liverpool team?”
Million miles? Would that be the same million miles Liverpool were behind Man City two seasons ago?
I accept that Arsenal is not at the level of Liverpool just yet but I do believe they have closed the gap with the new signings, whereas Liverpool bought no one of note and City just Rodri.
Arsenal has started with two wins from two, the first time they have done that in a decade, Liverpool scraped a win over Southampton due to the incompetence of Danny Ings and yet it is Arsenal that are a million miles away.
Now, that is just Ray Parlour but anyone that watches and reads as much about Arsenal as I do will have seen the huge negativity still pouring out of the so-called experts in the game.
I watch various programmes on Sky Sports and BT Sports, some say Arsenal will finish top-four, some say they will not, but what they all do agree on is that the top three is a given. Since when has that become an established opinion?
How did Tottenham jump from finishing just one point ahead of Arsenal last season to being a cast-iron certainty for third spot?
I could go on, but I suspect most Arsenal fans will agree with me that is makes no difference if Arsenal beat Liverpool on Saturday in the eyes of those that are making a living slagging Arsenal off.