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Arsenal ‘not a top-four crew’ and ‘solely simply higher’ than Crystal Palace, claims Steve Nicol

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Mikel Arteta’s facet gained the Premier League opener at Selhurst Park (Image: Getty Photos)

Liverpool hero Steve Nicol doesn’t suppose Arsenal are a ‘top-four crew’ and charges them as ‘solely simply higher’ than Crystal Palace.

The Gunners received their season off to the very best begin with a 2-0 victory away at Selhurst Park on Friday night time.

A primary-half header from Gabriel Martinelli and an personal objective from Marc Guehi within the eighty fifth minute was sufficient to safe all three factors for Mikel Arteta’s facet.

The north Londoners will probably be seeking to enhance upon their fifth-placed end final season and have made various key signings as a way to try to take action.

Debutants Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko each impressed, whereas William Saliba, who was additionally making his debut, was strong on the again.

Nonetheless, Nicol stays unconvinced by the Gunners when it comes to their top-four credentials.

‘Contemplating how badly they began final season, getting the win no matter the way you play might be an important factor,’ Nicol informed ESPN FC.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the opening objective for the Gunners (Image: Getty Photos)

‘I assumed they had been there the very best facet, there wasn’t a lot in it, which sort of tells me that they’re not a top-four facet.

‘Sure, they’re higher than Palace who’re a mid-table crew, they usually’re solely simply higher than Palace.

‘It sort of appears as if, definitely judging from this sport, we’re sort of going to get the identical Arsenal as we received final yr – a crew that may do nicely at instances however in the end gained’t get within the high 4, not on this efficiency.’

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On the efficiency of debutant Saliba, Gunners boss Arteta stated: ‘You don’t actually see that. At 21 years previous, debut within the Premier League, in opposition to this opponent, in opposition to bodily gamers – and resolve that state of affairs the best way he has performed it.

‘With that composure, with that calmness and with that presence. So huge credit score to the boy.’

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