The Gunners haven’t won the top flight since 2004, but after a good start to the current campaign, they find themselves in second place, level on points with leaders Manchester City.
The failings of reigning champions Chelsea—who sit in 15th after 11 games, having only managed 11 points—has made for something of an open title race, and Carragher has urged the Gunners to profit from their city rivals’ malaise.
“All their rivals have issues or distractions and this is why [Arsene] Wenger has to capitalise,” the former Liverpool defender began, writing in his column for the Daily Mail.
“Next season, for instance, Chelsea will not be as bad as they are now. United will, inevitably, invest another £100million next summer and it is only a matter of time before the weight of their spending carries them back to winning silverware.
“Arsenal have to exploit the glimmer of light in front of them. They have been the best team in 2015, taking 67 points from their 30 Premier League matches, but being the best from January to December means nothing.”
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Arsenal were eliminated from the Capital One Cup after being stunned by Sheffield Wednesday last week, while their Champions League participation hangs in the balance following a crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in midweek.
However, while failure to advance to the Last 16 of the Champions League would be a major disappointment for Wenger and his team, it would likely mean one fewer distraction, potentially giving Arsenal an advantage over their title rivals Manchester United and City.