Andy Gray believes Arsenal have enough quality in their squad to win a trophy this season.
Defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester United on Saturday has left Arsenal nine points adrift of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and their disappointing display at Old Trafford led Harry Redknapp to claim the Gunners are simply not good enough to compete for top honours.
Gray admits a title push looks unlikely now but the former Scotland striker, turned expert pundit, insists Arsenal do have the players to win a major honour this term and claims Arsene Wenger’s side could follow in Chelsea’s footsteps by being surprise Champions League winners.
“They are in real bad spell at the moment, an unsure spell. But I don’t think it’s as bad as many people I heard at the weekend portraying it to be,” said Gray.
“They just seem to have lost the goal habit. They had a blank against Norwich, a scruffy last minute winner against QPR, [Santi] Cazorla’s consolation against Manchester United, and against Schalke they didn’t score.
“The last four games are games where they have not really been, certainly in the attacking third, anything like Arsene Wenger would want them to be.
“But if you look at the side that they put out and take the top six, for instance, you are looking at Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. It's hardly shabby. Why can’t that compete? Why can’t that go and cause United as many problems as they caused them?
“It’s a good attacking six. Jack Wilshere has been touted as the player who is going to revive England’s fortunes and drive them to the World Cup next year. He may well be the guy. Aaron Ramsey was, up until recently, the skipper of his country.
"Lukas Podolski has 100 caps for Germany and has scored over 50 goals. Santi Cazorla is renowned as a fantastic player. We know that because when we were in Spain recently they couldn’t believe how he was allowed to leave when Real Madrid wanted him.
“These are not players who are poor so there is no reason why they shouldn't be competing, or be expected to compete, with a Manchester United side that has been less than secure at the back this season.
“They are not good enough at the moment. I don’t think that team can win the Premier League, but they can win a cup. Trust me, they can win a cup.
“People will laugh but make no mistake about it, as Chelsea showed last year and Monaco showed a few years ago, it is not always the best team that wins [the Champions League].”