Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will ‘surprise people’ next season – Danny Murphy

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Danny Murphy has talked up Arsenal ahead of the new Premier League season

Danny Murphy has talked up Arsenal ahead of the new Premier League season (Pictures: BBC/Getty)

Former Premier League and England star Danny Murphy has pinpointed two reasons Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will ‘surprise people’ next season.

The Gunners flattered to deceive last term, winning less than half of their fixtures to finish eighth in the English top-flight, six points outside of the top four places and 25 points behind champions Manchester City.

In a potential boost to Arsenal’s domestic campaign, Arteta’s side will not be playing in the Europa League next season, a competition which often disrupts Premier League form.

Murphy believes this gives the Gunners a huge advantage in the Premier League and says their transfer business this summer also suggests Arsenal are set to ‘surprise people’ next season.

Arsenal have signed Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively, while they are closing in on a £50m deal for Brighton and England defender Ben White.

‘I’ve got a feeling and I don’t know where it’s come from,’ Murphy told talkSPORT. ‘I think with no European football and it looks like they’re having a go in the market, I think Arsenal might surprise a few.

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‘Although they’ve got a tough start, I think some of their young players – Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, for example, are tremendous

‘If [Thomas] Partey stays fit, we’ve seen glimpses of his ability. It could rest on [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang], he’s only had the one bad season.

‘I think Arsenal might just surprise a few people but we’ve been wrong before about them.’

Arsenal begin their 2021-22 campaign on August 13 against Premier League new-boys Brentford.

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