The battle for a top four finish in the Premier League is well on, and a remarkable four teams are fiercely fighting it out for a Champions League place next season.
The race for third and fourth place in the Premier League is increasingly looking likely to go down to the wire, and may well drag on to the last match-day of season.
Arsenal and bitter rivals Tottenham, have particularly played big roles in blowing the third and fourth place spot wide open with their performances in the last two months.
Tottenham on one hand looked like they had the 3rd place spot locked down some two months ago, with many top pundits, suggesting they could go on to cause a major upset in the title race between Manchester City and Liverpool.
fast forward to March, and all those accolades have been bottled up by Spurs, with several shocking defeats and draws placing Tottenham just one point ahead of Arsenal in 4th place. Causing boss Maurizio Pochettino to question his team’s character, and even claiming that a top four fight might be what his side needs to awaken them from their slumber.
Arsenal on the other hand, have turned their fortunes around, with important victories at home and on the road in the last one month placing the Gunners above fellow top four contenders Manchester United and Chelsea in 4th place. With Spurs seriously watching their backs as their north London rivals turn up the heat.
In the past, Arsenal’s character have been questioned in big situations such as these, and one would think their recent performances will put to rest any doubt of the Gunners falling away from the pack.
That’s not the case however, as while the Gunners are in the ascendancy, former player and club legend Martin Keown is still backing Manchester United and Spurs to qualify for Europe’s premier competition next season ahead of his former club.
Keown told the Daily Mail: ‘On August 6, a week before the start of this season, I predicted this top four and I’m standing by it.
‘Pochettino is too good a manager to let Spurs slip and United’s reemergence under Solskjaer has been stunning to watch.’ Sutton added:
‘Liverpool and Manchester City have the top two sewn up and it will be tight but I’m backing Pochettino to snap Spurs out of their tough run while Solskjaer will ake sure United don’t dwell on the 2-0 loss at Arsenal.’
This statements will surely come as a huge surprise to many Arsenal fans and supporters who have come to trust the team’s capabilities and character under the leadership of Unai Emery.
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