Arsenal are ‘half a decade away from resembling’ title challengers Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan tells Arsenal fans.
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has reminded Arsenal supporters that there is no “parallel world” in which the Gunners can win the Premier League anytime soon.
The Gunners have enjoyed a strong start to the season, with Mikel Arteta leading his club to a Premier League top-four finish.
Arsenal are now in fourth place, three points behind Chelsea in third and two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth.
Some believe Arsenal has done well this season because of their lack of European games, but Jordan believes the Gunners will struggle to win a crown for a long time, especially with Liverpool and Manchester City expected to improve in the summer.
“Arsenal are building, rebuilding, and getting some momentum,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“If there’s an argument that irrespective of how ambitious they are in the transfer window this summer, they can win the title – I think that’s a bit far-fetched.
“I think unless there’s a significant decline at Man City… and we’re talking about them signing people like Erling Haaland, so there won’t be any decline there.
“Jurgen Klopp has signed on for another two years to add to the two years on his contract, so he’s still in the game.
“I think Arteta will do very well to stabilize Arsenal in the familiar territory that Arsene Wenger’s legacy had – which was to always be playing in Europe, and more often than not, the Champions League.
“Arsenal are still very much a work in progress and they’re going to need to invest quite significantly in a variety of players – especially forward players.
“My view is that this will be the making or breaking of Arteta. Two or three years into his job, if we’re not seeing Arsenal winning things, questions will start to be asked about where they’re going to get to.
“I think they’ll do well next year to get inside the top four. You’ve got an Erik ten Hag-infused Manchester United. You’ve got new Chelsea owners and Thomas Tuchel may be back to his best. You’ve got Antonio Conte at Tottenham.
“I think they’ll do very well to win the fourth spot. That would be considered a win. I don’t think there’s a parallel universe where a sensible case can be made for Arsenal to win the Premier League.
“I think Arsenal are half a decade away from vaguely resembling something like that.”