Giroud prediction on Champions League hopes


Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has warned it could be a while before the Gunners are able to regain a place in the Premier League top four because of a lack of investment compared to rivals.

Arsenal haven’t finished in the Champions League places since 2016. Last season they were eighth for the second year running and missed out on European football altogether, while competition for places remains as fierce as ever in 2021/22.

Arteta has been overseeing a squad overhaul in tandem with sporting director Edu in recent months that saw close to £150m invested in new players. However, criticism directed at the recruitment strategy has suggested the squad is little improved in the short-term.

Giroud has pointed to examples of rival clubs spending money to improve immediately.

“I think Mikel Arteta has got time to come back in the top four. Sometimes the problem is that money plays a huge part in the success also,” the AC Milan forward told talkSPORT.

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