Arsenal ‘just a better but not a top-four team’ Liverpool hero Steve Nicol claims

Arsenal ‘just a better but not a top-four team’ Liverpool hero Steve Nicol claims after Gunner’s victory against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool hero Steve Nicol doesn’t think Arsenal are a ‘top-four team’ and rates them as ‘only just a better’ than Crystal Palace.

With a 2-0 victory on the road at Selhurst Park on Friday night, Arsenal got their season started to the best possible start.

For Mikel Arteta’s team to earn all three points, a header from Gabriel Martinelli in the first half and an own goal from Marc Guehi in the 85th minute were sufficient.

The north Londoners have made a number of important acquisitions in an effort to improve upon their fifth-place position from the previous campaign.

Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, both debutants, impressed, and William Saliba, also a debutant, was reliable at the back.

However, Liverpool hero Steve Nicol remains unconvinced by the Gunners in terms of their top-four credentials.

‘Considering how badly they started last season, getting the win regardless of how you play is probably the most important thing,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.

‘I thought they were there the best side, there wasn’t much in it, which kind of tells me that they’re not a top-four side.

‘Yes, they’re better than Palace who are a mid-table team, and they’re only just better than Palace.

‘It kind of looks as though, certainly judging from this game, we’re kind of going to get the same Arsenal as we got last year – a team that will do well at times but ultimately won’t get in the top four, not on this performance.’

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