Former Arsenal star Robin van Persie thinks that the Gunners can challenge for the Premier League title, despite finishing 5th this season.
“Of course they can, yes, because they’re close already, they’ve been close for so many years,” Van Persie told BBC Sport .
“It goes in periods. Now you have Manchester City , who are doing unbelievable. To win back-to-back titles is very special – that shows, really, that you’re a proper team.
“But it goes in phases. Maybe [City manager] Pep Guardiola will leave next year and that does something to a club. Maybe Liverpool will take over and they will dominate for the next few years.
“But I hope and wish Arsenal all the best to win the title. I know how difficult it is.”
Arsenal play Chelsea on the Europa League final on May 29.