Listen back to Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast below…
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Arsene Wenger’s side face missing out on Champions League football for the second successive year as they currently sit sixth in the table, 13 points adrift of the top-four.
They still have a chance to qualify if they win the Europe League, but after being drawn against tournament favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, few expect the north London side to lift the trophy.
But as well as finishing well below fourth-placed rivals Tottenham, the Gunners could suffer further embarrassment by ending the season below Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who have baffled many with their consistent performances this term.
The Lancashire outfit are currently just two points below Arsenal with five games left to play – including against the Gunners in their final home game of the season at the Emirates Stadium.
Asked about Arsenal’s form and the possibility of finishing below a team who narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last year, Parlour said: “Arsenal have not been good enough this season.
“They have been poor away from home and their form in the Premier League has not been good enough for Arsenal’s standards.
“That’s a real worry for Arsenal fans.
“The Atletico Madrid game is absolutely massive to get into the Champions League next year, and if they play like they have been playing away from home, they’ll get beat over the two legs.
“Do Burnley deserve to finish higher? The league doesn’t lie. If Burnley do finish above Arsenal in the table, they deserve to, yes. Simple.
“It could go down to the game at the Emirates. Burnley will go there with nothing to lose and will have a real go.
“I’m sure they’ll be more empty seats at the Emirates towards the end of the season, and maybe they can take advantage of that.”