‘Not ready for that level’ – Ian Wright’s damning Arsenal verdict after Champions League hopes fall apart

IAN WRIGHT believes Mikel Arteta has still done "brilliantly" with the Arsenal squad despite appearing to bottle Champions League qualification.

The Gunners lost against Tottenham on Thursday and followed that up with a 2-0 defeat away at Newcastle on Monday night to leave them in fifth spot.


Spurs now lead their North London rivals by two points going into the final Premier League game of the season.

Antonio Conte's men know a draw away at Norwich will see them return to Europe's premier competition, while Arsenal have to beat Everton to stand any chance.

But despite fans left heartbroken at their season ending in devastating fashion, Wright has praised Arteta's young side.

Though he declared that his former employers aren't "ready for that level yet" after suffering a 13th top-flight defeat of the campaign.

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Speaking on Premier League productions, Weight said: "If we are going to be totally honest, we overachieved getting in there.

"There are teams that should be doing a lot better than us with the squads they have got.

“Tottenham have shown, even during an indifferent season, they have got themselves probably that fourth place.

“This is a young squad. Mikel Arteta has done brilliantly with them.

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"What we are seeing is that there isn’t enough experience and enough signings for them to, at a stage of the season, perform and win games to get it done.

“We didn’t have the quality. The intensity. We didn’t have that experience to do it. I said it at the start of the season.

"Sixth-placed would be good for us with what we've been doing. I don’t think they should be too disappointed because it was a little bit out of reach.

"I think that the last few games, especially the [Crystal] Palace, the Brighton and Southampton results, proved we're not ready for that level yet."

Granit Xhaka was full of criticism for his team-mates following their St James' Park horror performance, insisting they should have stayed at home.

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