Murphy gives Arsenal, Man Utd prediction ahead of new season
Danny Murphy insists Arsenal can “challenge” Man Utd for a top-four finish ahead of the new Premier League season.
The Gunners finished in a lowly eighth position last season after a terrible start to the campaign that saw Unai Emery replaced with Mikel Arteta.
Despite the poor placing in the Premier League table, Arteta led Arsenal to FA Cup glory and they started the new campaign well with their Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at the end of August.
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Man Utd, who finished ten points ahead of the Gunners, also struggled in the early part of the season, before their improved form in 2020 saw them finish third in the Premier League.
Both clubs have made transfers in the summer window and Murphy expects them to be fighting it out for a top-four spot.
Murphy wrote in the Daily Mail: “FA Cup and Community Shield winners Arsenal have been transformed under Mikel Arteta and have added Willian and centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes to the outstanding youngsters they’ve got, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to stay.
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“They could challenge Manchester United for a top four place though United still have a slight edge.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a very good player in Donny van de Beek from Ajax though he’s not the holding midfielder I thought they needed.
“If he sent out an attacking midfield of Bruno Fernandes, Pogba and van de Beek against a team like Manchester City, United would lose. I assume therefore van de Beek may be seen as a longer-term replacement for Pogba.
“We are also still waiting to see if United break the bank for Jadon Sancho. He’d make them better but to spend £100m is a big call when they already have firepower up front and I’d consider a centre-half a bigger priority.”