Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has backed Arsenal to win the Premiere League title if they go out of Europe early. The Gunners moved to second spot on the table following their 3-0 victory over Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger saw his side bounce back after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Olympiacos in the Champions League with a victory over the Red Devils. The loss in the European competition was their second straight defeat and they have tough competition to progress to the knockout round, as they face Bayern Munich twice in the next two fixtures.
The former Liverpool defender believes Arsenal do not have the quality to win the Champions League. Carragher has claimed that their best chance of winning the league will only come if they go out of Europe's elite club competition in the group stages.
"Arsenal are never going to win the Champions League, they always go out at the quarter-final stage at best. So if they go out earlier it may actually be advantageous to them in terms of the title race," Carragher told Sky Sports.
"Arsenal need things to go for them this season and if they are going to win the league. They are not the best team, Manchester City are, they have the best squad. For them to win the title, it may be that they may need something and it could be going out of the Champions League.
"They have £200m in the bank so Arsenal shouldn't be concerned financially with a Champions League exit. They will be in it again next year so don't worry about it - they weren't going to win it anyway," he added.
"It may give them a big chance for the league this season because next season Chelsea will be back, they'll spend big again, as will United. This is a season for Arsenal to take as much as they can," the former defender stressed.
The north London club won the FA Cup in the last two seasons. Carragher has urged Wenger and Arsenal to make winning the league title as the priority this term.
"Arsenal need to win a title. It has got to be the main aim for this team now. They've won two FA Cups the next step for them is to win the league," the Anfield favourite explained.
"The thing with Arsenal in terms of going for a title is that they still maybe lack through the spine of the team, we have said that for years now."
"I don't think Arsenal have got better, I think the teams contending for the title have gone back a bit. Looking at Arsenal you can still say they are a bit short, and we are saying that about all the other teams."