'Massive advantage': Chris Sutton predicts where Arsenal will finish in the PL
Arsenal picked up a fairly comfortable win over Newcastle United at the weekend and they’re now level on points with fourth-placed West Ham United.
The Gunners started off the season with the hope of getting back into the Champions League. They’ve been out of Europe’s elite competition for over four years now, but there is a good chance they can return next campaign.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 12 games in all competitions. Mikel Arteta’s men look confident on the pitch and if they keep up their good form until the end of the season, they could well sneak into the top four.
However, Sutton believes there is one club who will leapfrog the Gunners to fourth place.
Chris Sutton: Manchester United will finish fourth, not Arsenal
The pundit wrote in his column on The Daily Mail: “I’m saying Manchester United will finish fourth.
“The fact that Arsenal don’t have Europe this season is a massive advantage for them. Mikel Arteta and his players have got no excuses — no Thursday night games in Baku to hide behind.
“They’re even on the verge of having Arsene Wenger back at the club, and he knows a thing or two about finishing fourth.
“But Ralf Rangnick is a super-manager, a visionary of the game, the godfather of gegenpressing, and I believe United are capable of sneaking into the Champions League places at the expense of fellow European hopefuls Arsenal and West Ham.”
Arsenal are currently five points ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League table. The Red Devils picked up an impressive draw against Chelsea on Sunday, but they’re still stuck in eighth.
United host Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday and we’ll find out a lot about both teams then.
If Arsenal can beat their fierce rivals at Old Trafford, just like they did last season, Arteta’s men will move eight points clear of Manchester United.
That may just prove to be too big of a gap to close down, but Ralf Rangnick has worked miracles in the past and it won’t surprise anyone if he changes United’s fortunes in the coming weeks and months.
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