Joe Cole makes a bold claim about Arsenal being a top club

Former Chelsea and Liverpool star Joe Cole has expressed his opinion that Arsenal is not considered a top club despite their resurgence under Mikel Arteta and their involvement in consecutive title races.

Under Arteta’s management, Arsenal has demonstrated improvement and competitiveness in the Premier League, having come close to winning the title in the previous season and remaining in contention for the current campaign. However, the title race remains challenging, with Liverpool and Manchester City occupying positions ahead of them.

Despite the optimism surrounding Arsenal’s recent performances, Cole maintains that the club has not yet reached the status of a top club in his estimation. The competitive nature of the title race and the dominance of other teams in the league contribute to his viewpoint.

Speaking on the Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE podcast, he said:

“They’re not though! How can they be top draw if they haven’t won anything?”

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Having been a part of a very successful Chelsea team, we can understand why Cole thinks we are not a top club.

However, he is not the one to define us as a team, and we know we are one of the biggest clubs in England, historically bigger than Chelsea.

We are having a good season, and if we can win the league, more fans and pundits will take us seriously.

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  1. I believe that the more ” some supposedly football experts” say that Arsenal do not have what it takes to win the league this season, well time will tell.

    1. Cole speaks as a neutral. We write here as Arsenal fans full of hope.
      He asks a true questions. We have not won anything recently, and we have not won the champions league like City, Man U, Chelsea and Liverpool have done in recent years(decades)

  2. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it must be based on facts, such as competitive history, trophies won etc. Ask Joe Cole where Chelsea were financially and football wise prior to the Russian money arriving? How many seasons have Chelsea spent in the lower divisions compared to Arsenal?

  3. There is a difference between a big club, which is what Arsenal are and a top club like Bayern who consistently win big trophies.
    Arsenal have the resources to be a top club but currently fall behind due to a lack of trophies so I agree, they are not a top club.

    1. Excellent point, and I would agree. A big club with finances and influence in signing top players.

      However not a top club because we lack the accomplishments on a consistent basis that you associate with top clubs.

      I think we are in the ascendancy though, and we’ll positioned for the next several years.

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