'I've always said': Paul Merson says Arsenal can finish in the top four, but on one condition

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Paul Merson has boldly predicted that Arsenal could break into the top-four of the league table at the end of this season, but on one condition.

Not one pundit in the country would’ve dared to predict a top-four finish for the Gunners after they lost each of their first three league games. They were bottom of the league table and a top-half finish, let alone a place in the top four, looked doubtful.

However, Mikel Arteta’s men are unbeaten since, winning three and drawing one. Things are looking a lot more optimistic for the Gunners now and Merson has made a very bold prediction.

The Englishman believes Arsenal have a chance to displace one of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea to finish in the top-four of the Premier League come the end of the season – but only if Arteta can keep his starting XI fit.

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Paul Merson: How Arsenal can finish in the top four

He wrote in his column on Sportskeeda: “It’s a hard game, but I still fancy Arsenal to edge this one out (against Crystal Palace on Monday).

“I’ve always said that if Arsenal keep their main XI fit, they’ll have a chance of finishing in the top four.

“If they win their next two games, they are suddenly at the top end of the Premier League standings, so this is a game they should look to win at all costs.”

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Can the Gunners finish fourth?

Football is a funny game and anything is possible, but considering how young and inexperienced Arsenal’s squad is, it does seem like a long shot.

However, the one advantage Arteta has over the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool is that Arsenal have no European football.

That will give the Gunners boss a ton of time to prepare for each game and the players will get plenty of rest too. That should reduce injuries and fatigue at the business end of the season, which could give Arsenal a big boost.

However, it will still be extremely difficult.

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