Jermaine Jenas and Owen Hargreaves have told the Premier League’s official website that they both feel Tottenham Hotspur will qualify for the Champions League, but Arsenal will fail to do so.
Arsenal moved above Tottenham into third place on Monday night, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United. Spurs have now failed to win a single league game in their last five.
It means Arsenal sit in third, with Spurs in fourth. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are level on 61 points with Manchester United, but have an advantage when it comes to goal difference. Chelsea are in sixth.
Former Spurs midfielder and ex-Manchester United ace Hargreaves believe Tottenham and the Red Devils will finish behind Liverpool and Manchester City in third and fourth, while Arsenal and Chelsea will have to fight for fifth.
Jenas: “Arsenal have won five away games all season. Of their seven remaining league games, five are away. I personally think it will end up as Spurs and Manchester United in the top four, and that is why.
“They’ve had to play at Wembley, 30,000 fans in a 90,000 capacity. Moving into the new stadium will give them a lift and that is why I expect them to finish in the top four.”
Hargreaves: “If you look at Spurs remaining fixtures, it is the opposite. They have five left to play at home, especially in their new ground. I think Manchester United will get in with Tottenham.”
Both Hargreaves and Jenas are right, going on form. Arsenal’s away form has been dismal compared to their superior home form at the Emirates. With five of their seven league games away from north London, they’re up against it.
That could leave the door open for either Spurs or Manchester United. The latter are in excellent form and enthusiasm is high at Old Trafford, after the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Despite the current standings, Spurs and Man United are in stronger positions than Arsenal. If the Gunners improve their away form, though, it is theirs to lose.