Ray Parlour believes if Arsenal fail to finish in the Champions League spots this season, it should be considered a ‘failure’.
The Gunners looked abject to say the least on Monday night, with Championship runners-up Sheffield United dispatching the Europa League finalists with ease.
Lys Mousset scored the only goal of the game to condemn the Gunners to another setback away from home.
From their last 10 Premier League games away from the Emirates, Arsenal have picked up 11 points out of a possible 30. Despite having the third best home record last season, the club missed out on the Champions League because of their travel sickness.
And Parlour, who made 339 appearances across a 14-year spell, believes a repeat performance this season is not good enough.
“I thought it was always going to be a tricky game,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I would have taken a draw.
“I mean, I had Arsenal to win the game…could have gone third. But, they’re still fifth and they’ve still got lots to play for.
“As I said before at the start of the season; if they come fourth, it’s a great season. Champions League football is the most important thing for Arsenal now going forward.
“If they come fifth or sixth this year it has been a failure again. Because they went into the transfer market and I think everyone was quite excited about the signings.
“So I think it is going to be interesting to see what happens going forward.”
Jamie Carragher claimed the former Premer League champions have not developed since Arsene Wenger walked away in 2018, leaving Emery to take control of the reigns.
Since the start of last season, Arsenal have conceded 22 Premier League goals from set-pieces and conceded on average 16 shots per game this campaign.
While it would be unfair to say the Gunners are struggling under the Spaniard’s tutelage, Parlour went on to suggest fourth place should still be considered a realistic goal.
“No, it’s not better (than when Wenger was in charge), but it is a real opportunity.
“After we started really well during the start of the season, people were going ‘Oh we can challenge for the title’ and I said no chance!
“I said that on here – no chance whatsoever. If they come fourth in the league, it’s been a very good season.
“They’re fifth at the moment and still have every chance of coming fourth so it was a poor result the other day.
“But the other teams are struggling as well around them that might give them an opportunity to get fourth place, which would be a great season for Arsenal.”