Pundit gives his Arsenal prediction including the player to watch

Ahead of the new season, Arsenal fans have a lot of hopes that the 2020/21 campaign will be a successful one.

They ended a troublesome last season by winning the FA Cup and securing qualification for the Europa League in the process.

This summer, they have been busy in the transfer market and their moves in it suggest that the next campaign is one to look forward to for all Arsenal fans.

Ideally, the club would like to end the campaign inside the top four after backing Mikel Arteta in this transfer window, but expectations don’t always match outcomes in the Premier League.

Former Manchester City man, Micah Richards has now predicted Arsenal’s season in his Mail Online column.

The former defender predicts that Arteta’s men will still fall short of a place in the top four by making a 5th-place finish.

He tipped Bukayo Saka, who played 38 games in all competitions for the Gunners last season, to be the standout player to watch for the club.

Saka has just turned 19 and has signed a new deal with the club, Arteta has a lot of faith in him and the youngster’s versatility makes him very unpredictable.

Fans will hope that he and the other players can help the team end the campaign better than Richards thinks they will.

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16 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    Tbh 5TH IS THE OBVIOUS PLACE WHERE WE SHOULD FINISH. We are not going to finish above any of last seasosn top four. Not in reality land, thougn I realise many fans cannot stand living there and much prefer self fooling fantasy. We have improved but comparing our squad to all those top four it would be daft to belive we can finish above ANY of them over 38 games. I do seriously think we will overtake all the others who also finihed above us though. Fifth then, is my firm prediction and I may remind you of this come seasons end.
    Unlike a section of our fans, I will not harm our club by foolishly loading unneeded pressure on our players.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Well I’m saying top4 ,and to show my support I have put a 20 pound double on top 4 and Europe league winners and would like to donate to Pat and Martin to give to a charity of their choice ,if it comes in obviously.
      Which would be £770 👍

      1. Dan kit says:

        I will leave it as my gravatar for the season

      2. Admin Pat says:

        I will match that bet mate. Great odds and the target that we should aim for

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      Respect to the champions Jon, RESPECT!

    3. Admin Pat says:

      My lord, what are the odds on us finishing exactly 5th?

  2. S.J says:

    Except we sign Partey and Aouar, I don’t see us finishing in the top 4.

    With the current squad, 5th is the best we can finish.

    I won’t be setting my hopes too high and then get disappointed at the end.
    Though, I will love for us to do a Leicester, deliver consistent result and win the league or finish top 4.
    Let’s see how it goes starting with the season opener on Saturday.

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      You will change your mind after the demolition of Fulham.

    2. ozziegunner says:

      I’m with you S.J; it all depends on retaining Aubameyang (worried until re signing confirmed) or a high class replacement and an upgrade of midfield.

    3. Joe Allysons says:

      Even if we signed them, we might still finish 5th

  3. Umarski says:

    Everything is posible am hoping 4 a better finish than last season…

  4. DANDY GUNNER says:

    If we sign Partey and Aouar, top 4th otherwise 10th or 8th at best.

  5. Rory johnson says:

    LOL at some of these comments jeez…

  6. David Rusa says:

    I don’t bet on principle but I get incensed by perennial pessimists! May I repeat for the umpteenth time that this is a new season 2020/21 and not a continuation of 2019/20. This reminder is simply to let all of us know that there is a clean slate here. A bit of analysis is therefore needed. I want to know why Jon thinks why we are only good for 5th. Similarly, Dan could also justify his optimism although I am inclined to his side. I am always intrigued to know whether objectivity and realism on this platform mean pessimism and negativity! I will go with Dan and raise the stakes even higher by stating that we are not aiming for top four but for EPL trophy. It would be clownish of our club’s administrators to be chasing high quality players so as to be in top four! The aim should be to win the league. When that fails, top four is the consolation. If you put your target so low you end up much worse off! I don’t want to start on a pessimistic note because I fear to be disappointed. In all sectors of our world the natural trend should be optimism. After all living itself is based on optimism. None of us sleeps expecting to fall sick at night. We all expect to wake up healthy so that we can start on new ventures. I will always aim high and fail rather than aim low.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      David, Arsenal midfield without reinfocement is currently not physical enough and too porous.

      1. David Rusa says:

        That is partly true can but remember we have in the recent past beaten Liverpool twice, Man City and Chelsea with waht you call a porous midfield. Now we have added two strong defenders and a strong winger in form of Willian. Pepe has also now acclimatised and I believe we shall get another midfielder. My argument is that you can’t do all that strengthening just to be in the top four. The aim should be to win the league.

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