Arsenal legend Frank McLintock has told talkSPORT that the club are not guaranteed a top four spot this season.
This Premier League campaign is looking likely to be one of the most competitive yet, with a number of teams eyeing up a top four spot.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all started strong under new management.
Everton and Liverpool have also looked like contenders in the early stages, while the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City will also be keen to be up there.
It means Arsenal could realistically miss out on a top-four place this season and McLintock has warned a top four place is far from guaranteed.
“I don’t want to say this, but they’re not guaranteed to finish in the top four in the Premier League either,” he told talkSPORT.
“I try to measure my complaints about Arsenal because what Wenger has done in the past… but I don’t think it’s heading in the right direction at the moment.”
Arsenal are currently seventh in the table with seven points from their first four games.
It is fair to say they have not found their best form yet, with several stars still looking slightly off the pace.
Last weekend saw them secure their second successive win as they beat Southampton at the Emirates, courtesy of a late penalty from Santi Cazorla.
They return to action on Saturday when they take on newly promoted Hull City away from home.