Jamie Carragher has completely written off Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four, after their goalless draw with Manchester United on Saturday.
The London side pulled off the result, despite being without three key players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka.
Alexandre Lacazette was the closest to breaking the deadlock for the gunners, hitting the crossbar with a free-kick in the second-half.
The point moved Arsenal up into eighth position, just six points off a Champions League qualifying position. But Carragher feels Europa League football should be the summit of their ambitions this campaign.
Asked what Mikel Arteta’s target should be, Carragher said: “To be playing European football next season. They are still in the Europa League so that’s an avenue for them for Champions League, there’s no way they’re going to get top four.
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“But can they sneak into the Europa League if it goes down to seventh position? I think for Arsenal where they were at the start of this season they wouldn’t be any hope of the title
“But I think they would’ve wanted to challenge for top four after winning a lot of big games, winning the FA Cup, I think that would’ve been the expectancy to challenge.
“There’s still a long way to go, they’ll be having an eye on next season as well. If they’re in the Europa League next season they’ll have done OK, considering where they were.”