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Former Arsenal man paints bleak picture for the club

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Perry Groves admits that Arsenal are no longer a team that can fight for a top four place and would instead fight for things outside the top four.

As Arsenal gear up for another season without Champions League football, there is a sense of pessimism around the club.

Fans know that the current squad is not good enough to fight for top honors. While Manchester United have had struggles of their own, the club’s ownership is willing to splash money on big name players in a bid to halt the downward trend.

Arsenal on the other hand, have been very thrifty when it comes to bringing players who can help the club fight for silverware on a regular basis.

While the Korenke family maintains that they have the club’s best interest in their hearts, happenings in the summer transfer window don’t match those statements.

And former player, Perry Groves believes that Arsenal will compete for a top four spot but it’s pretty much going to be a battle with the rest of the best.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Gunner said: “I know we’re battling to be best of the rest again.

“Realistically, that’s fourth.

“Manchester United are in a bit of turmoil – [manager Ole Gunnar] 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 [as manager], 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 complete.

“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’.”