Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher claims Arsenal are the team that ‘everyone laughs at’ following a difficult few years for the north London club.
The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League in the last two seasons after Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in 2019.
Since then, they have won an FA Cup and reached the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League – being knocked out by Villarreal last term, who are managed by Emery.
Arsenal started the new season in awful fashion, losing their first three Premier League encounters without scoring a single goal.
However, things have improved since the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on matchday three.
Arteta’s men went on to win three in a row – including a 3-1 win against Tottenham – before drawing 0-0 with high-flying Brighton at the Amex.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Overlap, Carragher and former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes were heavily critical of the Gunners.
“It’s going to be that type of year for Arsenal,” said Scholes. “They are going to have three or four games where they are going to do great.
“Everybody is going to say ‘they are going to win the league’ and then they will have three or four games where Arteta is going to be out and sacked.”
Carragher added: “They are a team that everybody now laughs at, aren’t they, Arsenal.”
Earlier this month, Carra claimed Arsenal are the “best equipped” team to break into the top four this season, with Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool heavy favourites to occupy the Champions League spaces come the end of the season.
The Reds icon said in The Telegraph: “I can’t see anyone else breaking through. We can already see which are the top four strongest Premier League teams.
“The team that I think is worth watching closely as the season evolves is Arsenal.
“If they can get the consistency into their young side, the lack of European football can be a massive help for Mikel Arteta as he spends more time with his players on the training ground.
“I think it is too soon for them to qualify for the Champions League, but of the chasing pack they may prove themselves best equipped to challenge.”