Arsenal legend Frank McLintock fears the worst for his old club this season.
The former Scottish international believes things have rapidly deteriorated at the Emirates, particularly in defence, and believes reaching the top four and securing a place in the Champions League next season would be 'an unbelievable achievement'.
“When you look at the team overall at the moment, taking into account they’ve lost Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and brought in four new players, are they going to do as well as last season or the seasons before? I honestly don’t think they will," the former skipper told talkSPORT.
“I think they’re poorer this year than they ever have been. I think it’s going to be the toughest season that Wenger’s ever had at Arsenal. There’s some part of Arsene Wenger that doesn’t address various faults that we’ve had over the years.
“We’ve let in more goals from dead-ball situations than any other Premier League team. So you would think that somebody would sort this out and that will improve us by 20-30%, but it doesn’t seem to happen.”
Arsenal got back to winning ways in their last two outings, beating Bolton Wanderers domestically and Olympiacos in the Champions League last night.
However, McLintock feels the Gunners never added the players they needed to become a world-class team, and if anything believes they've moved backwards at the Emirates.
“After watching Arsenal over the last few years they’ve always needed three really top players to become one of the best teams in the world. But they seem to have gone away from the players they had, to the squad they have now," he continued.
“I’m just getting frightened. The idea of finishing fourth would be an unbelievable achievement, but you took that as automatic in the last few years.”