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Arsenal legend Perry Groves believes Arsenal will finish ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea because United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t good enough while Chelsea are in a little bit of turmoil with the club’s inability to sign new players.
Arsenal are preparing for a third successive season without Champions League football but Groves believes they will finish in Champions League places this season because he expects Manchester United to struggle under Solskjaer and thinks Chelsea are stepping into the unknown after turning to club legend Frank Lampard for inspiration despite his lack of managerial experience.
Groves told talkSPORT: “I know we’re battling to be best of the rest again.
“Realistically, that’s fourth.
“Manchester United are in a bit of turmoil – Solskjaer is not going to be good enough.
“Chelsea are in a little bit of turmoil; they can’t sign any players, they’ve got Frank Lampard, and they’ve got young players coming in.
“So fourth place is really going to be competitive and I want us to be in a position to be able to compete.
“I know it shows how far we’ve dropped, competing for fourth place – but we’ve got to be realistic.
“And if they sign these younger players, hungry and with the right attitude, then as an Arsenal fan at the end of the transfer window I’ll think, ‘OK, we’re looking to go forward’.”