Listen back to Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast below…
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Arsene Wengerâ€™s side face missing out on Champions League football for the second successive year as they currently sit sixth in the table, 13 points adrift of the top-four.
They still have a chance to qualify if they win the Europe League, but after being drawn against tournament favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, few expect the north London side to lift the trophy.
But as well as finishing well below fourth-placed rivals Tottenham, the Gunners could suffer further embarrassment by ending the season below Sean Dycheâ€™s Burnley, who have baffled many with their consistent performances this term.
The Lancashire outfit are currently just two points below Arsenal with five games left to play â€“ including against the Gunners in their final home game of the season at the Emirates Stadium.
Asked about Arsenalâ€™s form and the possibility of finishing below a team who narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last year, Parlour said: â€œArsenal have not been good enough this season.
â€œThey have been poor away from home and their form in the Premier League has not been good enough for Arsenalâ€™s standards.
â€œThatâ€™s a real worry for Arsenal fans.
â€œThe Atletico Madrid game is absolutely massive to get into the Champions League next year, and if they play like they have been playing away from home, theyâ€™ll get beat over the two legs.
â€œDo Burnley deserve to finish higher? The league doesnâ€™t lie. If Burnley do finish above Arsenal in the table, they deserve to, yes. Simple.
â€œIt could go down to the game at the Emirates. Burnley will go there with nothing to lose and will have a real go.
â€œIâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll be more empty seats at the Emirates towards the end of the season, and maybe they can take advantage of that.â€