Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Arsenal will not win the Premier League title this season as they do not have the 'mental strength' to close out games.
Carragher, who is a TV pundit, was speaking following the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday 13 September. He believes the north London club will struggle to hold on to three points this season against the top clubs.
Arsenal struggled against the top three last season, and succumbed to heavy defeats away to Chelsea, Liverpool and City. The Reds legend feels that even though Arsenal were closer to Chelsea when considering the final standings, they have fallen way behind the Blues this season, and he points to the activity in the transfer window.
The Stamford Bridge outfit brought in Diego Costa for £32m and have made a blistering start to the Premier League with the striker scoring seven goals in four matches. They also strengthened their midfield and back line, which Carragher feels the Emirates Stadium outfit failed to do.
"I said start of the season, I don't think Arsenal will win the title. The way I think of Arsenal is similar to Chelsea, one finished third one finished fourth. They probably spent similar money in the summer," Carragher said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.
"Why didn't Arsenal get [Diego] Costa. Danny Welbeck might be a good signing. They need a left-back, Chelsea go to Atletico Madrid and get Filipe Luis. They just do what they need to do," the Anfield hero explained.
The 36-year-old former England international feels Arsenal don't look strong enough to close a game out. He was again referring to the weekend's Premier League clash against City where, Arsenal came from a goal down to take the lead only to concede an equaliser seven minutes from time. He feels the Gunners lack the mental strength along with the physicality to deal with such situations.
"They don't look as if they know how to see a game out," Carragher said. "As soon as it went 2-2 I don't fancy Arsenal to get a winner, I fancied City to win the game and they almost did. It's not just a physical thing with Arsenal, it's a mental thing and that even could be more important."