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Graeme Souness and Danny Murphy’s top four predictions for Arsenal ahead of 2020/21 season

Arsenal are facing a tough challenge to secure a place in the Premier League 2020/21 top four, according to Graeme Souness and Danny Murphy.

Mikel Arteta is preparing to start his first full season as the Gunners boss, already tasting success for the campaign in the Community Shield.

After finishing the previous campaign eighth and signings players such as Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, fans are expecting a top-four challenge this year.

But Souness, who won the top-flight five times with Liverpool, believes there are already four teams better than them.

Graeme Souness and Danny Murphy have given their takes on Arsenal’s 2020/21 top-four chances
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Writing in his Times column, the 67-year-old said: “As it stands, Liverpool are the favourites for the title, but I don’t see them running away with it again. I would have loved to have seen Lionel Messi come in at Manchester City.

“I expect a bigger challenge, though, from [Manchester] United and Chelsea this time. United will be better with Donny van de Beek, but the goalkeeping situation may be an issue.

The Gunners have impressed with their summer spending, bringing in players such as Willian
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“Chelsea have signed well, but let’s see how quickly Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz settle in.

“Arguably the best striker of the Premier League era, Thierry Henry, initially found it difficult.

“Beyond that, I don’t see a title challenger. People are making noises about Arsenal, but I don’t see them being strong enough.

“If you’re asking me now, that’s my top four for next May: Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea.”

But neither pundits believe the north London side can threaten Liverpool or Man City
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