Andy Gray believes Arsenal can no longer be considered a ‘top-four’ side – because they lack the personnel to scare the Premier League’s leading teams.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday, to leave themselves fifth in the table, seven points off fourth place.
And former Scotland striker Gray claims the north London club will have overachieved if they finish above the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham this season.
“In the 22 games Arsenal have played so far they’re not one of the top four sides in this country,” he told talkSPORT. “Arsenal sit where their performances suggest they should be, which is around fifth or sixth.
“Arsenal are not better than Tottenham, who are a more rounded side. They’re not better than Chelsea, who are playing well at times but look nervous at their own ground, and they’re certainly not as good as the two Manchester clubs.
“Arsenal are competitive, they showed that against Chelsea, but they can’t take on teams like they did when they had Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Tony Adams and Steve Bould. They haven’t got an iron spine.”